Movie review: THE GOOD HOUSE

By ABBIE BERNSTEIN / Editor

Posted: September 30, 2022 / 1:25 p.m.

THE GOOD HOME | ©2022 Lionsgate

Evaluation: R
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, David Rasche, Beverly D’Angelo, Paul Guilfoyle, Kathryn Erbe, Kelly AuCoin, Georgia Lyman, Rebecca Henderson, Molly Brown
Writers: Thomas Bezucha and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the novel by Ann Leary
Directors: Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky
Distributer: Lionsgate/Road Attractions
Release date: September 30, 2022

THE RIGHT HOME takes place (mostly) in the present, but it feels like a lot of other literary adaptations, especially from the 70s and 80s.

In effect, THE RIGHT HOME was adapted from Ann Leary’s novel by the film’s directors, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, who wrote the screenplay with Thomas Bezucha. It has a slightly folksy feel, stunning Atlantic coastal scenery and a terrific Sigourney Weaver star ride.

Weaver plays Hildy Good, a real estate agent in the upscale and quaint New England village of Wendover, Massachusetts. Hildy’s family has lived in Wendover for nearly three hundred years. Her ancestor, Sarah Good, was one of the first women tried in Salem as a witch.

There’s a slight sense of magic about Hildy, who can find out things about another person just by passing her hand over theirs. Then again, Hildy’s profession has taught her to read other people pretty well anyway.

Hildy is divorced. His eldest daughter Tess (Rebecca Henderson) is happily married and lives in town with her husband and grandson. his younger daughter Emily (Molly Brown) is a struggling artist, living—with Hildy’s financial help—in Brooklyn.

Outwardly, things seem to be going well. Even when Hildy confides in us, breaking the fourth wall, she puts up a shredding front. But she has problems. A big problem is that his ex-employee, Wendy, stole a lot of Hildy’s real estate clients.

But a bigger one, which Hildy won’t admit to herself, is her secret drinking. Hildy’s daughters and ex-husband (David Rasche) stage an intervention and send her to rehab; they think she lives sober.

A newcomer to the area, artist Rebecca (Morena Baccarin), befriends Hildy. Then there’s the case of entrepreneur Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline), Hildy’s old high school flame, still in town.

All of this provides enough comedic and dramatic material to keep us gently engaged. It’s at least partly because Weaver is such a good company; we love spending time with her Hildy. That’s partly because the writing never puts a nasty vibe into Hildy’s frustration, and more because Weaver gives Hildy such wit and awareness. Weaver makes it clear that Hildy knows, under her denial, that something is wrong with her drinking; she just can’t get past the need to feel better in the moment.

The filmmakers are also careful to be proportionate. They and Hildy can clearly see that some people around her have far bigger problems than hers. Jokes are never too harsh, allowing them to be humorous, but never hilarious. * Kline is well into the kind of role no one would expect him to play, a salt-of-the-earth worker, and Baccarin is seductive and slightly ominous as Rebecca.

THE RIGHT HOME does not present itself as the hottest property on the market. However, it is beautiful and comfortable, a pleasant place to spend just under two hours in pleasant company.

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