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(Review) Your Place or Mine

Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher team up for the new Netflix romantic comedy, Your Place or Mine (out now).  They play a pair of best friends who hooked up once 20 years ago, and have been close ever since.  Witherspoon plays Debbie, a single mom in Los Angeles who needs to take a class in New York City to finish an accounting program.  Peter is a former wannabe author/now consultant living in NYC, who offers to take care of Debbie's teenage son Jack (played by Wesley Kimmel) in Los Angeles for a week so she can get her degree. 

The two both have adventures in their new cities, and they're both forced to be honest about their relationship.  The question is, should you give this movie your time?

Let's get the negatives out of the way first:

  • Fair warning - Witherspoon and Kutcher spend about 10 minutes together on the same set, and the rest is split screen. 


  • If you dislike the music of The Cars, you probably should find something else to watch.  Their songs make up 90% of the soundtrack.  There's a reason, mind you, but this film could also double as a video "Greatest Hits" collection for the band.  If Ric Ocasek isn't your vibe, move along.


  • The movie gets off to a rough start.  The dialogue is really chunky/borderline unbelievable right out of the gate.  Also, it's nothing personal, but Kutcher looks and acts like he might be legitimately unwell.


  • Finally, maybe there was an issue in post-production, but it's frequently clear when the actors are in front of a green screen.  You can't help noticing that the people and backgrounds are not in the same location.  There's also a similar issue with a few scenes where two characters are talking to each other and are not in the same room.  Not sure if these were re-shoots, but it's a little distracting.

Now that we've gotten out of the way, here's the good stuff:

Distractions aside, Your Place or Mine is a mindlessly fun cotton candy-light movie.  Witherspoon and Kutcher breeze through their characters, because they've played them before.  (Debbie is wound up too tight, and Peter is a goofball who is afraid of commitment.)  Despite the mostly split screen structure, Debbie and Peter do feel like a duo who have been friends for 20 years without being 100% honest about their feelings.  Everyone in the cast does their job well, including supporting players Tig Notaro, Zoe Chao, Jessie Williams, and Steve Zahn.  All of the different relationships and interactions are on point.

Ignoring the bumpy initial dialogue, the rest of the script hits all of the right notes.  You can guess 90% of the movie before it even begins, but it's still a fun ride.  Your Place or Mine is a lighthearted comedy, but you can also feel the characters struggling with their fears.  It's relatable, and the movie doesn't drag, even at one hour and 51 minutes. 

You'll probably forget about the movie shortly after it's done, but if you're in the mood for an entertaining romantic comedy, Your Place or Mine is a good call for the night.

Final Grade:  B

Your Place Or MineAshton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon play best friends.  (pic via




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