YOUR PLACE OR MINE
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon, Jesse Williams, Zoe Chao, Tig Notaro, Wesley Kimmel, and Steve Zahn
Director: Aline Brosh McKenna
Don't get me wrong, Netflix has released some gems, but they've also made a bunch of movies I've seen and forgotten very soon after watching. Your Place or Mine is destined to join that list. This thing is supremely average, generic, and painfully predictable. Aside from reinforcing my opinion that Tig Notaro needs to be given more roles, it really had no effect on me. It’s the same movie you’ve seen a million times over, and you get exactly what you’d expect from Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon. That said, it’s inoffensive and easy to follow, so it would make a serviceable “background watch.”
Your Place Or Mine attempts to be a new version of Sleepless in Seattle, but fails royally in that regard. With two veteran rom-com actors (Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon) in the lead roles, I was expecting much more, and unfortunately, I’m here to report that they have absolutely zero chemistry. The film lacks charm and is another forgettable Netflix flick, which stinks because the premise offers plenty of opportunities to be something decent; however, it ends up falling flat due to its bland script and mediocre performances.
I love Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher, and the premise of Your Place or Mine should make for a more interesting film, but it’s disappointing. The attempts at humor are lazy and unfunny, and the romance aspect takes a bit of a backseat to the rest of the story. Worse off, the story is actually good - the film would have worked if it was more about self-realization and coming of age - but it chose romance first, which it mostly fails at. Everyone involved deserved better, but it is a tolerable, cute, and mostly forgettable watch.
There’s a weird middle place with Your Place or Mine, where there isn’t anything special about it, yet nothing about it is bad either. It often lost my attention, but I wanted to keep watching. It’s a cookie-cutter romantic comedy, but then Tig Notaro throws a hilarious curveball through its tropes. And, seriously, Zoe Chao’s stereotypical intrusive “best friend” should not be as interesting as she is. I’ve seen this movie millions of times before, but I guess there’s a reason they keep getting made, and I enjoyed this one enough. Also… Steve Zahn is always a welcome sight.