Reese Witherspoon Talks Redefining Romantic Comedies at 'Home Again' Premiere

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From left: Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Reese Witherspoon and Nancy Meyers

"There are a lot of women who are at a crossroad in their life wondering if they made the right choices," said Witherspoon on Tuesday night.

Home Again, helmed by mother-daughter, director-producer duo Hallie Meyers-Shyer and Nancy Meyers, stars Reese Witherspoon and touches on what it means to start over at 40.

In Meyers-Shyer's directorial debut, she told The Hollywood Reporter at the film's premiere Tuesday at the Director's Guild of America, she wrote the script with the intention of "wanting to say something about millennial men," as well as "that time in a woman's life right after they are separated or gotten a divorce and questioning their decisions and starting their life over."

Reese joined the project as lead Alice, as she had been wanting to work on a movie with Meyers for a while. "I really love this script and I had been talking to Nancy for a long time about doing a movie where the woman is just getting divorced and then this script came along, which was written by Hallie and not Nancy, which was incredible." 

"I think there are a lot of women who are at a crossroad in their life wondering if they made the right choices, wondering if the life they chose at 25 is the life they want at 40," said Witherspoon. "I thought it was really timely."

Hallie teamed up with her mother and award-winning producer, Nancy Meyers, to tell the story of a woman who is not defeated by her divorce, but rather empowered by the change in her life. "I hope the audience can relate to what Alice (Reese) is going through," said Meyers, "I think this movie is encouraging to other people who are thinking about making a change and wondering if they are going to ever feel good again."

After Alice separates from her longtime husband, she ends up housing three young aspiring filmmakers that are trying to make it in the industry. Jon Rudnitsky, who plays one of the filmmakers Alice adopts, identified with his character and his personal struggle trying to make it in Hollywood.

"All three boys in the movie moved out here hoping to make it in this business and that's me," said Rudnitsky, "“Two years ago this time I was driving for Lyft because I didn't qualify for Uber, I was dancing at Bar Mitzvah parties, and doing stand-up at seafood restaurants."

He added that the film is changing up the modern-day rom-com and flipping stereotypes on their head. "I hope it makes audiences remember why they love movies, and I hope it makes romantic comedies good again because it's been a long time since they have been." 

Home Again, will be released in theaters Sept. 8.

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