This Is Where I Leave You
When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother (Jane Fonda) and a collection of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. As the brothers and sisters re-examine their shared history and the status of each tattered relationship among those who know and love them best, they reconnect in hysterically funny and emotionally significant ways.
Release Date: September 19, 2014
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The movie has good intentions and loads of talent. There are moments of poignancy, sweetness and humor, but there are equal parts silliness and unbelievable plot developments. If you’re a big fan of the cast members and have patience to get through the lesser parts, give it a try.Click here to read the full reviewFebruary 10th, 2015 · Details
This Is Where I Leave You (based on the 2010 book by Jonathan Tropper) falls into that dreaded Jekyll-and-Hyde category, a vexing mix of good, bad and ugly. The story observes that life is messy and difficult, but that our family members are uniquely positioned to help us through rough stretches … even if they're pretty messed up too. I like that message. It's affirming, redemptive and hopeful, and it gives this movie something of a feel-good vibe. What feels very, very bad is all the sordid stuff Tropper (who also wrote the screenplay) and director Shawn Levy wade through en route, namely a lot of sexual sleaze paired with harsh profanity. Maybe even worse than that, though, is how the movie romanticizes—and thus minimizes—its characters' poor-to-downright-awful choices. Judd and Wendy reinforce each other's infidelity rationalizations. Wendy suggests that Judd's going to have to cheat on his wife in order to get over her cheating on him. And then we're asked to completely understand why Wendy would cheat on her husband—because the one true love of her life is still "out there." Where does that leave us? At the junction of familial reconciliation and the idea that happiness can best be found by breaking our deepest commitments. Nope. There's no fun at all in this dysfunction... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
This is Where I Leave You is quite well-written; Jonathan Tropper penned both the screenplay and the novel it’s based on. The film is often funny, frequently cringe-inducing (in a kind of good way), and the brutally frank discussions are certainly relevant to the situations the Altmans find themselves in. But the R rating is well-deserved both for the topic and the language used to discuss it. Sensitive viewers beware: you may well laugh but you’ll probably feel guilty about doing so... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Billed as a dramatic comedy, "This is Where I Leave You" (Warner Bros.) tries, unsuccessfully, to wring laughs and sentiment from one suburban family's dysfunction... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
“This is Where I Leave You,” one of those estranged relatives gathering under pressure movies that tries to put the “fun” in dysfunctional.” It’s pretty much great actors trying to make sense of characters who are continuously inappropriate, unpleasant, and miserable, with boundary issues that make Russia/Ukraine seem manageable. And they almost succeed... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You is an amusingly mordant novel in the vein of Nick Hornby or Tom Perrotta, but it does not withstand its screen translation well. As a film it feels overly familiar, with some amusing scenes, but not enough to make for a wholly satisfying experience... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review