Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
Home Again” stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice, a newly separated mother of two girls who moves to LA into the home of her late father, a famous Hollywood writer/director, to start a new life after separating from her husband. On her 40th birthday, while celebrating with girlfriends, she meets three twenty something aspiring filmmakers Harry (Pico Alexander), Teddy (Nat Wolff), and George (Jon Rudnitsky) at a club. The group parties hard, goes back to her house and all pass out. The next day…..
…her mom (Candice Bergen) brings her granddaughters home, meets the aspiring wannabe filmmakers and convinces Alice to let them stay in the guest house. The happy pseudo family is upset by the arrival of Alice’s estranged husband Austen (Michael Sheen), who wants his family back.
The PG-13 rating is for language, religious profanity, an implied sexual situation and mature themes. I enjoy most Witherspoon movies and admire Nancy Meyers movies (The Holiday, The Intern), so I was hoping her daughter, director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, would deliver the same. But “Home Again” is a disappointing formula comedy full of questionable content for kids like; Alice letting 3 twentysomething strangers live in her guest house (for free) and spend time with her 2 young girls after one night of drunken partying, Alice in a relationship with 27 yr old Harry in front of her daughters and more. Alice is caught in a tug-of-war between her ex and her new found family of 20 somethings – and there are a few laughs when there’s a brief confrontation with the ex. But overall, the story lacks depth and so do the hard-to-believe characters. This is light entertainment that has a few funny moments but is too mature for kids and too immature (and unbelievable) for adults.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
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