At first I thought this was a sequel to You Again, but then I realized that film didn’t have Reese Witherspoon in it. January and September are historically the months after heavy box office intake and thus usually have films shoved into a release because studio’s couldn’t figure out what to do with them. This month seems a little different with the release of It and Mother! Home Again however, has the feel of that September release. It turns out to be a rather forgettable ordeal.
The film is about a 40 something mom of two who decides to house three young filmmakers. They are aspiring to get on their feet and along the way bond with the family who takes them in. Alice Kinney (played by Reese Witherspoon) also starts a relationship with one of the young filmmakers. This is essentially the plot as there really isn’t that much more conflict in the film.
I do like Reese and think she can pull off a cheery spunky role to perfection. She’s had a pretty good career with a few very fine roles. She is easily the best part of the film. The biggest let down here is a script that feels so underutilized. The jokes never really hit home and the film feels quite inconsequential. Its hard to give an afterthought to a film that doesn’t really offer any originality or that doesn’t dare to impress. Its a forgotten affair as soon as you finish.
I will say though that the film is completely harmless. Its a little overly sweet but I guess it works as a decent date movie. I guess its hard to really complain, For one, the expectations for this are minimal. Two, you have to expect the other film that’s competing with the juggernaut that is It to not be as satisfying a viewing. I’ll still watch Reese in whatever she does, at least.