This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

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Critic Consensus: This Is Where I Leave You has its moments, but given the amount of talent assembled onscreen, the rather pedestrian results can't help but feel like a letdown.


Movie Info

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 Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey ("30 Rock"); and two-time Oscar (R) winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home," HBO's "The Newsroom"). (c) Warner Bros

Rating: R (for language, sexual content and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Tropper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2014
Box Office: $34.3M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Judd Altman

as Wendy Altman

as Hilary Altman

as Paul Altman

as Phillip Altman

as Annie Altman

as Penny Moore

as Quinn Altman

as Horry Callen

as Tracy Sullivan

as Linda Callen

as Rabbi Charles Grodne...

as Wade Beaufort

as Barry Weissman

as Younger Mort

as Woman #1

as Frat Boy #1

as Uncle Joe

as Mrs. Applebaum

as Little League Dad

as Young Judd
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Critic Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (43)

In the best dramedies, of course, laughter and tears alternate seamlessly and gracefully, and you leave both entertained and enlightened. Alas, this isn't that film.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

When I finally left This Is Where I Leave You, I was so saddened by all the squandered talent that I couldn't help but do the Charlie Brown shuffle gag from Arrested Development.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Consequence of Sound

...a misbegotten, ineffective adaptation.

Full Review… | November 19, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

Pretends to put the fun in dysfunctional-family dramedy when it's not dispensing little bromides in hard-to-swallow bulls**t pablum form. It's all the most sanitized, safe, shticky way to show kidults' lives getting complicated. Sickeningly self-involved.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

There are moments when it's far too sugary for its own good, and the script can't quite find the right amount of laughs or tears, but for all that it still made me smile.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Fan The Fire

"This is where I leave you" is what Warner Bros ought to have said after reading the script.

Full Review… | November 5, 2014
Concrete Playground

Audience Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You

Based on the book by Jonathan Tropper (who also wrote the screenplay), this film concerns a family's reactionary response to the death of their patriarch. The four kids and their families move back in with their mother to sit Shiva, grieve, get back their roots, and come to grips with the way their lives panned out. The greatest asset this film has lies in its great choice of casting. Fey, Bateman, Driver, and Stoll bounce off of each other like Super Balls, bantering well in every scene, and actually seeming like a real family. Everyone fights, everyone loves, and everyone has their own opinion, making for a mostly sweet natured and silly ride. What I believe remains the main problem of the film is that it's based off a sprawling novel, which ties together about twenty different storylines in only an hour and a half, while the book was some 339 pages. The film follows dozens of storylines without following many of them for more than a minute at a time. This under develops the story, the characters, and the dramedy of the film. This lends to what critics have said about this film being cliché ridden. Because the characters aren't fully developed, and not enough backstory is given, they have to be simplified down to the most basic terms, and that drains the sentimentality right out of the film. Otherwise entertaining, "This is Where I Leave You" remains classically sweet through its paper thin characters.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Here is a dramedy that is equally effective as a comedy and as a drama. It has the delicate balance and never goes too far into either direction. Bateman plays basically the same character as he does in every movie, and that is fine. Wouldn't want to see him play anything else. Here, he walks in on his wife sleeping with his boss, then finds out his father died. His dad's dying wish was for the family to sit shiva as they were all estranged. Hijinks ensue, and the family is crazy and try to piece back together their messed up lives. The whole cast is good, especially Adam Driver. The guy is a star, and has some of the funniest scenes I've seen all year. The only cast member I felt was under utilized was Tina Fey. She doesn't have a lot to work with here, but does the best with what she has. This movie reminded me a lot of another dramady called "Catch and Release". It's funny, sad, and has a great soundtrack. Don't leave this one behind, because it's very much worth checking out.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Hilary Altman: For the next seven days, you are all my children again and you are all grounded.

Sometimes a film works merely based on an all-star cast. You can get away with some passionless writing if you have a convincing cast. This Is Where I Leave You is the newest film from director Shawn Levy and has enough fluff to entertain those familiar with the talent on display. It's fun watching these characters deal with the unbearable situations they manage to get themselves into and how they revel in each other's company. Imperfections aside and bolstered by first-rate performances, I was delighted to sit this Shiva.

Read the whole review at creedsdelight.com

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Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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