Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Reid Scott, Lola Flanery, Eden Grace Redfield.
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Screenplay: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
A movie written and directed by a woman who has experienced the random lifestyle of growing up with Hollywood parents; and it's not very hard to tell. But with that comes a perspective that immerses you into the insanity of that world that could only be presented to you by an insider.
Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) is the daughter of a famous director. The film opens with an explanation of his career and how she fit into his world. We meet Alice when she moves back with her 2 daughters to her late father's LA villa after separating from her husband (Michael Sheen). We also meet a group of three young, white, heteronormative man boys who's short film is being shopped around the studio system. After meeting Alice at a bar they wind up living in her pool house with Harry (Pico Alexander) becoming her love interest.
It's a strange set up for a film yet it somehow becomes quite endearing. The boys Harry, George (Jon Rudnitsky), & Teddy (Nat Wolff) take interest and help out with Alice's kids while they work on their feature and Alice focusses on building her new interior decorating business. And while it is endearing this film does not hide the fact that three strange young men living under the same roof as a 40 year old single mother and her kids is rather odd and ever so slightly creepy.
What I enjoy is the honesty in this film; mainly that if you are white young men with a half assed short film, you may actually be able to make it in Hollywood if you put a little effort in. However that may mean you need to ditch your buddies and disappoint a few women along the way by putting work first—no matter how unsubtly these themes are examined in the film.
It's not the best, and its certainly odd in all the wrong ways but I also can't say that it sucks, because it doesn't.