Film Review: Home Again
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A romantic-comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and produced by Nancy Myers seems like a recipe for success, right? Well, unfortunately, looks can be deceiving as proved in their newest film Home Again. The film’s premise had a lot of potential. Three budding filmmakers move in with a recently separated, just-turned-forty-year-old mother as they attempt to climb up the Hollywood ladder. Throw in two young daughters, a returning ex and a famous father and what you get is the potential for a funny, emotive and exciting journey. As a doyenne of the romantic-comedy genre, Reese Witherspoon, alongside a cast of stars both new and old, had the power to bring this fun and relatively original premise to life. Yet, despite her expertise, the film failed to live up to its potential. Rather than being an exciting, new addition to the genre, Home Again lacks the drive and emotional impact expected in a film of this type. This isn’t entirely to do with the cast’s performances. It would be unfair to hold Witherspoon, or any other cast member, responsible for this issue but there is an undeniable wedge between the viewer and, what are supposed to be, highly relatable characters. None of the performances are bad and it is refreshing to see a mixture of both familiar faces and new talent in this film but the characters themselves fall flat and their feelings ingenuine which resulted in said performances being hard to take seriously.
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