Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film, written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen, and Candice Bergen, and follows a 40-year-old single mother who allows two young brothers and their friend to live with her in her Los Angeles home. The film was released on September 8, 2017, by Open Road Films, and has grossed $31 million worldwide.
Home Agian stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.
In May 2016, it was announced Rose Byrne had been cast in the film, with Hallie Meyers-Shyer writing and directing, and Nancy Meyers and Erika Olde serving as producers, under their Blake Bicycle Entertainment banner. In August 2016, it was announced Reese Witherspoon had been set to star in the film, replacing Byrne. In October 2016, Candice Bergen, Michael Sheen and Reid Scott joined the cast, and in November 2016, Jon Rudnitsky, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, and Pico Alexander joined as well.
As of October 4, 2017, Home Again has grossed $25.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $4.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $29.8 million, against a production budget of $12 million.
In North America, Home Again was released alongside It, and was projected to gross $10–12 million from 2,940 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $300,000 from Thursday night previews and $3.1 million on its first day. It went on to debut to $8.6 million, finishing second at the box office, behind It ($123.4 million). In its second weekend, the film dropped 38% to $5.3 million, finishing fourth, behind It and newcomers American Assassin and Mother!.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 30% based on 105 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Home Again gathers a talented crowd of rom-com veterans on both sides of the camera—all of whom have unfortunately done far better work.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized average rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B” on an A+ to F scale.
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