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Home Again: Sympathy in short supply for silver-spooned singletons

Home Again (Cert 12A, 97 mins)

By Damon Smith

Beautiful, rich people with adorable offspring try to convince us that being single is the end of their privileged worlds - boo hoo - in first-time director Hallie Meyers-Shyer's romantic comedy.

Meyers-Shyer drizzles gooey sentiment over every frame of her contrived wish-fulfilment fantasy about a recently separated wife, who stirs the loins of three potential suitors.

The marriage of Perky homemaker Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) to music executive Austen (Michael Sheen) has recently broken down.

She relocates to Los Angeles, to the home of her Oscar-winning director father, where she nurtures their daughters Isabel (Lola Flanery) and Rosie (Eden Grace Redfield) with help from her screen siren mother Lillian (Candice Bergen).

Coincidence flings a trio of aspiring twentysomething filmmakers - director Harry (Pico Alexander), screenwriter George (Jon Rudnitsky) and actor Teddy (Nat Wolff) - into Alice's rarefied world and they take up temporary residence in her guesthouse.

Home Again unfolds in a picture perfect alternate reality, in which lonely singletons cry perfect tears to a soundtrack of Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Johnny Mathis and much more.

Oscar winner Witherspoon fights whitened tooth and painted nail to make us care about her glamorous single mother but it's impossible to muster sympathy for a character, who has everything.

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