A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Malcolm D. Lee
Jada Pinkett Smith
A Refreshing Contemporary Return to Light but Substantive Family Fare
Immediately the female audience is presented with a light comedy drama from the very start. In the vein of the light and breezy You Got Mail (1998) or Sabrina (1954), Reese Witherspoon headlines this after coming of age entertainment vehicle that delights, feels good, and at the same time offers up some real reflective emotional moments. Home Again depicts the real life dilemma facing many older women whose flaky, immature husbands are trying to find some balance between work and family, sometimes quite poorly. Today's women are faced with more options but also more difficult choices while maintaining important responsibilities. While the movie avoids the most difficult of answers or ultimate responses by the end of the movie, it doesn't have to, it has offered up enough important questions and possible consequences to let the audience members make up their mind as what direction the movie may take. With a great romantic musical sound track that scores with the various moments in the various movie scenes along with decent acting, it is the sensitive script with a nice sense of embarrassing humor that allows the difficult relational awkwardness in the present to be absorbed with sparkling appeal by the audience. A great movie for its more narrower target audience who have the wisdom and older experience to appreciate the important elements of responsible happiness.
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