Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff, Reid Scott, Pico Alexander
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Story: Romantic comedy directed and written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. The story centers on Alice (Reese Witherspoon), a recently separated mother of two young daughters who decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles.
However after her 40th birthday life for Alice takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her temporarily. 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, Austen (Michael Sheen), shows up, suitcase in hand.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 26)
[driving her daughters to school]
Alice: How are we feeling? First day, a new school, are you nervous?
Isabel: I’m feeling exhausted and hopeless, and I don’t enjoy the things that I once loved.
Alice: Where are you getting this from?
Rosie: The Zoloft commercial, obviously.
Tracy: There’s a really sweet guy in my yoga class.
Alice: I’ve only been separated for five months.
Tracy: Come on.
Alice: Girls, it’s my birthday. Let’s just have fun.
[while at the bar sees a young guy Harry standing next to her checking her out]
Harry: So I’d like to offer to buy you drinks, I think it’d be nice.
Bartender: The manager is making me ask for your ID.
Harry: Ah, okay.
Harry: [to Alice] By the way, I’m definitely old enough to drink alcohol.
Alice: Me too, obviously.
Alice: And I just always act out on my Birthday. It’s like my own personal New Year’s Eve, where I just go, “Blah,” and I just reel it back to normal.
[referring to his clothes]
Harry: Did you wash these?
Alice: I did. But, um, only because I was doing a load and I’ve been up since 5:30.
Lillian: Hurry up, you guys.
[sees Isabel and Rosie]
Alice: What are you guys doing home, I thought Nana was taking you to school?
Rosie: You’re acting weird.
[just then Harry, whom she slept with the night before, walks out of the room whilst getting dressed]
Isabel: Oh, my God!
Harry: Thank you very much for everything. This is, um…
Lillian: And you are?
[referring to Harry, George and Teddy]
Lillian: I like them. But they’re dead broke, so I thought they could stay here.
Alice: Stay here?
Lillian: Try looking at this as something that could be sort of exciting.
[to the three young aspiring filmmakers]
Alice: Okay, guys, let’s just do our best not to cramp each other’s style.
[a bag of marijuana falls out of the third young filmmaker’s pocket]
Teddy: Uh, I’m just going to grab that and flush it down the toilet.
Harry: Alice, please stop avoiding me. You have to look at me.
Austen: Alice, look at me for a second.
[typing on her computer]
Alice: “Alice is newly separated, loser…“
[referring to Alice]
Rosie: [to Isabel] She’s so intense.
Alice: No, I’m not!
Harry: You have got this thing about and it’s super impressive. I really like it.
George: You seem to be handling everything really well.
Austen: Alice doesn’t know what she wants. No clue.
Teddy: You got to check yourself, everything’s going to be okay.
[to George as she sees her ex-husband, Austen, who is waiting outside her house]
Alice: Oh, my God. Tell me you see him too.
[goes over to Austen]
Alice: What are you doing here?
[he hugs Alice and then points to her George who’s sat in her car]
Austen: Oh, God. I just can’t think straight. Is that one of them?
Alice: Did you tell dad about your play?
Isabel: Will you stay for it, daddy?
Austen: When is it again?
George and Teddy: Next Friday.
Austen: [to Alice] When were you going to tell me that three strangers were living in your house.
Harry: [to Alice] I don’t know your ex, but he must be some kind of an idiot to let you slip through his hands.
Alice: You know I’m forty, right?
Harry: I knew that, like ballpark.
George: [referring to Alice] I am not in love with her, okay. I just love a lot of things about her, like her face and her personality.
Lillian: [to Alice] Maybe it’s fate that they met you.
Austen: [to Alice] I miss our family, let’s fix this.
Alice: When you make a decision about your life when you’re twenty-five years-old you think, “Does that sound like a good life decision for the rest of your life?”
Alice: It’s going to be good. Bye.
[she starts kissing George and Teddy on the cheek goodbye]
[as she gets to Harry she awkwardly pats him on the shoulder and leaves]
Total Quotes: 26