Your Place or Mine

By Joanna Langfield

I’m all for comfort watching, but why couldn’t I cozy up to this one?

Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher play best friends who decided to make it platonic after a one night stand twenty years ago. For some reason, they’ve maintained their relationship through cross country moves, other people entering the picture, even a child being born. Guess why. In what is being billed as a swapping lives set up, we see Reese move into Ashton’s jaw dropping Brooklyn apartment, while he mans up and moves into her countrified cottage in LA, to watch her son while she takes some accounting course that can only happen once a year, across the country for her. Okay.

Writer/director Aline Brosh Mckenna leads us through the expected, depending on teensy appearances from Tig Notaro and Steve Zahn to add a little spice. It’s notable that this vehicle allows the woman to have sexual desires, as well as career dreams that may not be so safe. But the rest of this film plays it very safe, not asking much of its charming stars or of us, watching them.