This movie looked like a really fun family dramedy/romantic comedy, and I like Nancy Myers's films, and she probably had considerable influence on this film given that she is a producer and her daughter wrote and directed it. So I made my way out to see it rather eagerly.
There are two main parts to the storyline: one involving Reese Witherspoon's character, and one involving the three guys. These often blended together, but those two categories really comprised the bulk of the story. Personally, I liked the story involving the guys better. I didn't know about the filmmaking elements going in, but they really made the movie even more enjoyable to me. I may also be making something out of nothing, but it seems to feel more personal as a result, too, as the writer/director is from a filmmaker family. The film is definitely light and funny, and the pace is very good. As a whole, the plot is rather formulaic, but I think that is okay given the genre and the fact that it was enjoyable and had such good character development.
The acting is really good, for the most part. At times, Reese Witherspoon seemed to over-act a bit, especially during the crying scenes. I thought that Nat Wolff and Michael Sheen both did very well, bringing a balance of both emotional grounding and humor to the script. The rest of the supporting cast is also good. The filmmaking is good, but not particularly flashy. It's more a medium to get the story across rather than a medium to develop its meaning, but it works.
Overall, I can see why "Home Again" isn't getting the best reviews. It's sort-of generic and isn't anything special, but I found it to be enjoyable and I really liked its story. I just often fall prey to this kind of film.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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