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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Your Place or Mine 2023 * * Stars


2023's Your Place or Mine makes sense as a title. The two leads are in two different places (LA and NYC). Bicoastal is the word I would use.

Anyway, I remember when the phrase "your place or mine" meant something different, like having sexy time. Not the case here. Two people (a man and a woman) swap houses so one can take care of the other's kid and the other can get a college degree. Man "Place's" pitch meeting between studio heads must have been a real doozy. "Heedless in Seattle". Yup, Netflix just never stops Netflix-ing.

So yeah, Your Place or Mine is the ultimate rom-com. Just watch the closing scene which might be the parody to end all rom-com-s. There's the kiss, the airport setting, the obligatory music, and you know, the predictability. Sorry to give everything away but I never miss an opportunity to be a cinematic Nostradamus.

Now I don't think "Place" is a bad movie but for most of the way I had this sinking feeling that I was stuck in the early 2000s, wearing cargo pants and figuring out how to join Myspace. I mean this film feels dated, with stars Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher performing like they're in their 20s (when in actuality they're in their 40s). Hey there's no hating here I just thought Your Place or Mine would've been better off being made two decades ago, when the girly friend sidekick was a thang and the music of Nickelback was relevant. "Sick bro".

In Your Place or Mine, the ditty-s of The Cars is a product placement, Kutcher acts like Kutcher, Witherspoon acts like Witherspoon, and Steve Zahn (a side character) acts like well, Steve Zahn. They didn't get the memo or got lost in some time continuum. Ouch. Minus a few dramatic moments and some split screen stuff, Your Place or Mine fails to know its "place". Natch.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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