Main Plot Points:
- The dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”);Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); and Jane Fonda (“Klute,” “Coming Home,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”).
- When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
- Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.
What We Thought:
- This Is Where I Leave You has some really funny parts, but is also a hot mess. It’s not quite as dark as I expected, but it does have some funny moments.
- There are parts I genuinely laughed at. There’s too much talent for it not to have some laughs. I expected it to be super dark almost like you aren’t sure if you should be laughing. It doesn’t quite get there, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t laughing.
- Tina Fey and Jason Bateman get their laughs of course. Same for Kathryn Hahn who has a supporting role. Ben Schwartz as the Rabbi nicknamed Boner is quite funny too. But it’s the people you don’t expect to get laughs that are great.
- Jane Fonda’s character is pretty funny or at least has funny situations around her including too much personal information about her dead husband. Corey Stoll can add another quality character to his resume. Connie Britton plays a good, small role. The little boy with the potty is hilarious as well. Plus Timothy Olyphant like you’ve never seen him.
- But if there’s one scene stealer in the movie it’s Adam Driver. I’m not a fan of the TV show he’s on so I’m not quite sure how I feel about him yet, but movies like this certainly help him. He dominates every scene he’s in and gets big laughs opposite a cast with way better resumes under their belt. I’d have to see him in something like this again to really become a fan.
- It has its flaws of course, Rose Byrne was completely unnecessary in it (and I love her) and there’s a twist in a major character that felt tacked on. There is some cheesiness and the typical clichés you expect in a film like this and it changes tones constantly, but overall I liked it.
- This Is Where I Leave You will either connect with you or not. You might not like it, but if you have family issues it will certainly hit close to home. If you like films about dysfunctional (and somewhat realistic) families, you should like it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jason Bateman
- Tina Fey
- Jane Fonda
- Corey Stoll
- Adam Driver
- Rose Byrne
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