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“Home Again” Hits That Romcom Sweet Spot: BUST Review

by BUST Magazine

Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Out September 8

To say there aren’t many new romantic comedies for or about women who remember the ’90s is an understatement; hell, there aren’t many movies for women period, much less those nearing middle age. And for those itching for a Nancy Meyers fix (It’s Complicated, The Intern), there’s good news — she produced Home Again, which was written and directed by her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Reese Witherspoon stars as Alice, a 40-year-old woman who’s just moved back to her late father’s sprawling L.A. pad after a split from her husband (Michael Sheen). A series of meet-cutes and coincidences later, Alice ends up lending her luxurious guesthouse to a trio of charming would-be filmmakers — Harry (Pico Alexander), George (Jon Rudnitsky), and Teddy (Nat Wolff) — who immediately take on domestic duties like cooking, helping out with Alice’s adorable children, and romancing Alice. And as if that wasn’t delightful enough, Candice Bergen plays Alice’s mom, a former muse for Alice’s troubled-but-brilliant filmmaker dad. The food is all perfectly plated, the real estate is gorgeous, and the simmering attractions are delightfully earnest. It’s all dreamy, though ultimately, not that memorable. The film is also incredibly white, which costs it at least one demerit. But in the end, Home Again hits that romcom sweet spot. 3/5 



This article originally appeared in the August/September 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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