Your Place or Mine is Bringing RomCom’s Back to Life
Everyone has that bestie and ride or die friend you literally can share anything with. He’s that one dude that you never think of as a forever plus one until one day his presence in your orbit feels different or does it?
Debbie (Reese Witherspoon) is looking forward to going to New York for a week to take the final exam for her Masters degree that will qualify her for the Senior Accountant position with the regional school district. It also gives her an opportunity to spend a week with her best friend Peter (Ashton Kutcher), whose terror of earthquakes instigated his move from Los Angeles to New York 20 years ago.
There is nothing these two haven’t shared. But, when her babysitter bails the night before her trip, Peter, seizes the opportunity to come to her rescue as she has so often in the past come to his. Debbie will stay in his New York apartment, “not as fun as hanging together” but it will give her the break she needs.
Typical romcom stuff right? Witherspoon and Kutcher easily give that Doris Day/Rock Hudson “Pillow Talk” vibe all the way down to split screens at the start of the film. Yet, showing two people with very different fears having the courage to overcome those fears and come together is not something we see that often in cinema. Your Place or Mine says if you’ve been telling yourself a narrative in your head that limits you, you have the power within to change it up. Try new things and break out of old ideas you might have about your age or the way you look. It’s never too late and that different story might lead you to unexpected happiness and emotional leap towards someone who is your forever someone.
Life and all that comes with it is hard enough as it is. Give yourself permission to happy on your terms in your own time. That is a message I can totally co-sign on and is one of the reasons Your Place or Mine is the perfect flick to watch for that much needed giggle and cinematic boost of confidence.