It’s hard to think of two actors etched deeper into the early ‘00s rom-com zeitgeist than Ashton Kutcher (Just Married, etc.) and Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases, etc.). Written and directed by The Devil Wears Prada’s Aline Brosh McKenna, Your Place or Mine is well aware of this fact, and even goes so far as to overlay its first scene, which takes place in 2003, with cheeky, cutesy text bubbles labeling things that place the characters in this faraway time (a wallet-chain, flat-ironed hair). Referencing the golden age of rom-coms in a time when the genre is unmistakably suffering—verging on obsolete—is already a big gamble, and immediately juxtaposing Your Place or Mine with much better films gives it an unfair disadvantage right out of the gate. And it’s a disadvantage that it doesn’t need.
The film follows pragmatic L.A.-based single mom Debbie (Witherspoon) and wealthy New York bachelor Peter (Kutcher), longtime best friends who hooked up two decades ago. Debbie is on her way to stay with Peter for an accounting course when her babysitter bails, forcing her to cancel the trip. But rather than let his friend miss out on this opportunity, the selfless Peter drops everything to babysit Debbie’s 13-year-old son Jack (Wesley Kimmel) while she stays at his place alone. Will getting a behind-the-curtains look at one another’s lives make the pals reassess their feelings for one another? You’ll just have to wait and find out!
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