Home Again

Home Again

2017, PG-13, 97 min. Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lola Flanery, Reid Scott.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., Sept. 15, 2017

This past summer’s The Big Sick briefly resuscitated the romantic comedy in a surprisingly subversive way, but the ailing genre is back on life support in the instantly forgettable Home Again. A less-than-perky Reese Witherspoon is Alice, a recently separated fortysomething mother of two who’s moved back to Los Angeles to escape a stale marriage and to start anew. In a twist on the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, she allows a trio of young men struggling to break into the movie business to live in the guest house of her late filmmaker father’s sprawling Brentwood home. Things get a little MILFy when Alice succumbs to the charms of the most handsome of these boys, Harry, an aspiring young director with a boy-band smile and zero body fat (Alexander, who plays a 27-year-old character but looks like he just graduated from high school). The ensuing fling between Alice and Harry isn’t really a romance (not a good thing for a romantic comedy) and the film’s tone is often more solemn than lighthearted (likewise, not so good), leaving a spunkless Witherspoon struggling to make it work without much success. To be fair, not even Meg Ryan’s nose-scrunch, Kate Hudson’s sass, or Julia Roberts’ million-dollar smile could jolt this muddled rom-com to life.

Given her pedigree, screenwriter-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer should know this terrain by heart. Her mother, Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated) and her father, Charles Shyer (Baby Boom), are old pros at this sort of thing. Meyers-Shyer clearly shares their affinity for affluent white people’s romantic quandaries and kitchens out of Architectural Digest, but she’s yet to develop the skill to fluidly tell a story, no matter how contrived it might be. On several occasions, Home Again resorts to the hackneyed device of the film montage to advance the plot, rather than use action and dialogue to do so. There’s the everybody’s-drinking-way-too-much-but-having-a-great-time-getting-to-know-each-other montage early on, quickly followed by the everybody’s-now-dancing-badly-because-they’re-too-drunk-and-getting-horny montage. There are kissy-kissy-pillow-talk montages in bed and small-talk-and-glasses-of-wine montages at backyard dinner parties. Enough, already! It’s like watching a pharmaceutical commercial showing you how wonderful things will be once you convince your doctor to write that cure-all prescription for you. For a movie that sentimentalizes the idea of getting your act together and starting over (with a little help from an attentive millennial who can probably go all night), Home Again hardly inspires. In fact, it’s a little depressing. Maybe that prescription isn’t such a bad idea after all.

Showtimes

Sun., Sept. 24

11:45am, 2:35, 5:40

Mon., Sept. 25

11:05am, 1:45, 4:45

Tue., Sept. 26

4:45
AFA 11:05am, 1:45

Wed., Sept. 27

11:05am, 1:45, 4:45

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., Sept. 24

10:05am, 1:55, 5:25, 11:10

Mon., Sept. 25

11:40am, 2:35, 5:20, 11:00

Tue., Sept. 26

2:35, 5:20, 11:05
AFA 11:40am

Wed., Sept. 27

11:25am, 2:20, 5:05, 10:45

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., Sept. 24

recliners, reserved seating 1:00, 3:25, 6:15, 9:15
Recliners;Reserved Seating 1:00, 3:25, 6:15, 9:15

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 10:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 10:10

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 10:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 10:10

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 10:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 10:10

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

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Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Thu., Sept. 28

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Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

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Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 24

digital 11:15am, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:00

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

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Mon., Sept. 25

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Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., Sept. 24

digital 1:00, 4:00, 6:30, 9:45

Mon., Sept. 25

digital 1:00, 4:00, 6:30, 9:10

Tue., Sept. 26

digital 1:00, 4:00, 6:30, 9:10

Wed., Sept. 27

digital 1:00, 4:00, 6:30, 9:10

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., Sept. 24

1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10

Mon., Sept. 25

1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10

Tue., Sept. 26

1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10

Wed., Sept. 27

1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10

Thu., Sept. 28

1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., Sept. 24

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20

Mon., Sept. 25

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 10:00

Tue., Sept. 26

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20

Wed., Sept. 27

11:10am, 1:40, 4:10, 10:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DL/HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30
ClosedCap;DescListen;HI 12:00, 2:20, 4:35, 9:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 12:25, 3:10, 7:35, 10:10

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 12:25, 3:10, 7:35, 10:10

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 12:25, 7:35, 10:10

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 12:25, 3:10, 7:55, 10:35

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 12:25, 3:10, 7:35, 10:10

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., Sept. 24

12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:25, 9:35

Mon., Sept. 25

12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:25

Tue., Sept. 26

12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:25

Wed., Sept. 27

12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:25

Thu., Sept. 28

12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:25

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Sun., Sept. 24

1:45, 4:45, 8:00, 11:00

Mon., Sept. 25

1:45, 4:45, 8:00, 11:00

Tue., Sept. 26

1:45, 4:45, 8:00, 11:00

Wed., Sept. 27

12:45, 3:45, 9:50

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Sun., Sept. 24

11:50am, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40

Mon., Sept. 25

11:50am, 2:35, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40

Tue., Sept. 26

11:50am, 2:35, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40

Wed., Sept. 27

11:50am, 2:35, 5:15, 8:00, 10:40

Thu., Sept. 28

11:50am, 2:35, 5:15, 8:00, 10:55

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sun., Sept. 24

6:50, 9:25

Mon., Sept. 25

6:50, 9:25

Tue., Sept. 26

6:50, 9:25

Wed., Sept. 27

6:50, 9:25

Thu., Sept. 28

6:50, 9:25

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Sun., Sept. 24

11:15am, 1:25, 4:55, 7:40

Mon., Sept. 25

1:25, 4:55, 7:40

Tue., Sept. 26

1:25, 4:55, 7:40

Wed., Sept. 27

1:25, 4:55, 7:40

Thu., Sept. 28

1:25, 4:55, 7:40

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sun., Sept. 24

11:10am, 10:00

Mon., Sept. 25

11:10am, 4:10, 10:00

Tue., Sept. 26

11:10am, 4:10, 9:20

Wed., Sept. 27

11:10am, 10:00

Tinseltown North

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

digital 11:10am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10
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Mon., Sept. 25

digital 1:55, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10
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Tue., Sept. 26

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Wed., Sept. 27

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Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar Blvd, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., Sept. 24

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:50, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30

Mon., Sept. 25

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:50, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30

Tue., Sept. 26

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:50, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30

Wed., Sept. 27

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:50, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30

Thu., Sept. 28

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:50, 5:45, 10:20
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Home Again, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lola Flanery, Reid Scott

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