Reese Witherspoon dances embarrassingly in front of her 15-year-old son


Excepting certain entitled behavior from her past, I actually like Reese Witherspoon. Maybe it’s because I’ve loved so many movies of hers, I don’t know, but I dig her. However, I have never identified with her more than I did in her latest Instagram post. Reese posted this video in which she enlists the help of her 15-year-old son, Deacon Phillippe, to teach her about the social media app, TikTok. Deacon agrees, and Reese attempts a video of her own, which causes Deacon to end her TikTok career before it began:

First off, how darling is Deacon? He’s such a handsome young man and he’s so sweet to indulge his mom like this. I’ll bet $20 Reese got his okay to post this – take note, celeb parents. And bonus – a Louis the Bulldog sighting! But what really made me giggle is that I had this very conversation with my kids Sunday night. I know, I know – I talk about my kids too much but please bear with me because our discussion was almost identical; minus the dancing but ending with my being shushed by my teenager! Mine talk about it all the time and I never fully grasped what it was. I innocently inquired if TikTok was the replacement for Vine and they reacted like I’d just announced a lifestyle change. Deacon’s explanation was far better than the one I got. As he said in Reese’s post about TikTok, “basically, it’s, like, a short-form video platform for kids on social media.” I’ll share the Wiki link because I still don’t fully understand it. I guess it gives you the music and filters so you can make a cool 15 second clip. So Deacon knew going into this that the result would be his mother dancing in public and he still agreed to it. That is a good son, right there. Oh wait, I forgot – Deacon turns 16 this month so I’ll amend my last sentence: that’s a good son hoping for a car for his birthday, right there.

I don’t have the TikTok app so I can’t tell you if Reese talked Deacon into letting her set up her “ReeseTok” account but I’m happy with to check out her Mom Moves on IG whenever she wants to post them. Especially if we get cameos from her kids, who all seem like really nice folks, and her puppers. I’ll limit my own Mom Moves to the kitchen for now but God help you all if they come out with a car dancing app. I will own that platform.

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  1. Ronaldinhio says:

    Super cute, I have nothing more

  2. Erinn says:

    The funny thing is, I normally don’t like Reese very much at all.

    But watching her interact with her kid, and just be a goofball kiiiiiind of is winning me over. This was adorable.

  3. Escondista says:

    No! No car dancing apps! I don’t want to die driving because a 17 year old wanted to impress with a social media car dance.

    That said, this is totally cute. <3

    • olive says:

      tiktok is not a “car dancing app,” it’s a video social network people use for a lot of different purposes. you’re conflating one thing that happens on tiktok with the entire app.

      • MC2 says:

        The author of this article asked for a car dancing app at the end, hence the comment. No conflating, just read the entire article.

    • escondista says:

      Thanks, MC2.

  4. Emily says:

    Isn’t Tik Tok a Kesha song? That was my reaction the first time I heard about this. I feel old now.

    • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

      When I first saw the phrase “Tik Tom” all over Twitter, I was thought “Why is Kesha trending? Are teens doing a meme to her song?” Nope nope nope.
      Deacon seems sweet.

  5. Kcat says:

    I like her. Her son’s adorable, and she doesn’t seem to age. Maybe I don’t like her.

  6. Ali says:

    That was super sweet!! Tik tok is all the kids talk about right now. Some of the videos are pretty funny.

  7. Weslyn says:

    This is very cute. I have loved her since Freeway.

  8. dlc says:

    That video is very cute. But what in mom Jean hell are those pants she is wearing!? She is my age and I find her casual outfits to be so frumpy! Kills me.

  9. jaylee says:

    When I was a kid MTV was the place you saw new dances & fashion trends. My kids get most of that info from TikToc & YouTube. Scrunchies and bodysuits are back in a big way people!

  10. Redgrl says:

    Wow, her daughter looks like Ryan Philippe! As much as Reese can be annoying, she has lovely children who seem polite and inquisitive so she must be doing something right!

  11. Tiffany says:

    So Deacon got the Witherspoon chin and Phillipe everything else.

  12. lucy2 says:

    That’s cute! I’ve always liked Reese as an actor, and I really respect how she’s producing work now. Her kids do seem nice, and old enough to decide if they want this out there online or not.

    I thought it was the new Vine also. I’m still not clear how it’s not…? Oh well.

    • olive says:

      tiktok comes with the option to use built-in music so a lot of people used it for lip syncing in the beginning but music is still a huge part of tiktok videos. vine was just video people uploaded, if they wanted music they had to add it in post. different premise for the apps.

  13. Javavgirl says:

    This is not “dances embarrassingly” this is cool mom dancing! I can dance like this! Cause I’m not a regular mom I’m like a cool mom. 😎

  14. K.T says:

    Don’t want to be a buzzkill cod kids and nba stars are crazy for TikTok but it’s a chinese app that probably storing your data for whatever purposes. So, if like me, you’re wary of Facebook now…just know that TikTok is probably much worse in data-collecting. Sigh, it’s fun though.