Home Again (2017) Saturday, 04 April 2020

Home Again (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Alice brings it home.

  • Starring:

    Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander, Lola Flanery, Eden Grace Redfield, Christine Woods, Jon Rudnitsky, Reid Scott, Josh Stamberg, P.J. Byrne

  • Directed by:

    Hallie Meyers-Shyer

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Two men engage in a fist fight (punching, tackling, wrestling, etc). A man pokes another man in the chest several times. A man kicks a waste basket in frustration then slams a door. Arguing. A man tells a story about his wife tackling another woman to the ground. Blood/gore: Small bloody grazes on heads.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Kissing, hugging, caressing, flirting, undressing. Shirtless men, cleavage, men in underwear. Father had multiple wives/cheated on partners mentioned. Several remarks about a couple sleeping together. A woman says "the man [her father] impregnated another woman while he was with you".

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (bag of marijuana). Alcohol (wine, beer, shots, spirits, cocktail; bar setting; intoxication). Smoking (photo of people holding cigarettes). A woman takes anxiety tablets. Champagne, anti-depressants, Zoloft, Advil mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words (x3), crap. Name-calling (intense, difficult, irrational, maniac, loser, uneasy, archnemesis, b*tch, pugnacious, selfish, stupid hipster, etc). Religious exclamations (oh God, oh my God, Jesus, goddamn, what the hell, thank God, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Houseguests, friends, family, filmmaking, romance, betrayal, screenwriting, interior decorating, anxiety, rolemodels, divorce, single parenting, acting, nerves, artifacts, career, one-night stands, midlife crises.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father/husband mentioned. Divorce, separation, depression mentioned. Fireworks (pics). Vomiting (heard off-screen). Dog, seagulls. Bacon, eggs, meat on plates.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fun, sweet, shiny, glossy, female-driven, feel-good, escapist. Charming/plucky/likeable/appealing/radiant/upbeat/powerhouse performance by Reese Witherspoon, delightfully unhinged performance by Lake Bell, solid cast, some funny moments, gorgeous production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Superficial, familiar, listless, implausible, forgettable, flat, contrived, unwieldy, unwise, messy, overstuffed, underdeveloped, empty, ramshackle, simplistic, artificial, low-stakes, limp, vanilla. Thin subplots, uninspired conclusion, some weak humour, uneven pacing, one-note characters, aimless plot, confused tone, patchy acting, strained cuteness, creaky tropes, pedestrian direction.

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