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Three up-and-coming  film-makers on the verge of a big break meet the recently separated Alice (Reese Witherspoon), who has just moved to LA with her two daughters. Penniless and with nowhere to stay, they are invited by Alice’s mother (Candice Bergen) to stay in their guest house when she takes a shine to them after discovering they are huge fans of her work as an actress in her younger days. Bonds are quickly formed, but with the unexpected arrival of Alice’s husband, Austen (Michael Sheen) the battle lines are drawn.

American critics have blasted Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s directorial debut (who also wrote the film) as being bland and about white privilege (the latter being terribly out of vogue, it seems). In the end however, it is an enjoyable enough film about love, friendship, independence and how we create families.

★★★

Reviewed by Craig Coventry.