This Is Where I Leave You


This Is Where I Leave You

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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.



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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

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Jason Bateman
as Judd Altman
Tina Fey
as Wendy Altman
Jane Fonda
as Hilary Altman
Corey Stoll
as Paul Altman
Adam Driver
as Phillip Altman
Kathryn Hahn
as Annie Altman
Rose Byrne
as Penny Moore
Abigail Spencer
as Quinn Altman
Timothy Olyphant
as Horry Callen
Connie Britton
as Tracy Sullivan
Debra Monk
as Linda Callen
Ben Schwartz
as Rabbi Charles Grodner (aka Boner)
Dax Shepard
as Wade Beaufort
Aaron Lazar
as Barry Weissman
Will Swenson
as Younger Mort
Carol Schultz
as Woman #1
Evan Wadle
as Frat Boy #1
Gerry Vichi
as Uncle Joe
Carly Brooke
as Chelsea
Carolyn Seiff
as Mrs. Applebaum
Brahm Schenkman
as Little League Dad
Oakes Fegley
as Young Judd
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Critic Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (49)

It stays in safe terrain, and the ensemble cast members often feel as if they have been selected to revisit familiar characters and performances.

Oct 24, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Like August Osage County, only even more fatuous.

Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Once in awhile, a reviewer's darkest suspicions about a film butt up against a sneaky pleasure in its incidental epiphanies. I confess to being conflicted.

Oct 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Occasionally, Hollywood will step forward with a family drama that actually manages to tinker with actual pain... "This Is Where I Leave You" has no edge, no darkness, no texture, no character to speak of.

Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…
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The most charitable thing you can say about This Is Where I Leave You is that it is resolutely innocuous -- a nothing of a movie, neutered and sanitary.

Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You


I tried twice to get through this. I thought I was being harsh turning it off the first time - but, no, after watching most with a little bit of fast forwarding to save my sanity, I still think it's crap. Dull family stuck in a house together after the death of their father, sitting shiva, though no one is really religious. Just a silly plot device to bring them together for the story. They are not even in the house the whole 7 days, they seem to go out on and off, so...? (Are they meant to be? Admittedly I don't know a lot about the Jewish religion). There's a mother with a boob job, which is meant to be funny (it's not), and a kid walking around the house pooing in a potty all the time (revolting, and I have no idea what that's about or why we need to see it). Oh, and some middle aged tedious drug use Some of the cast are good, mostly Rose Byrne and Jason Bateman, but it's very dull viewing. A lot of stereotypes, the couple who are desperate to conceive, the screw up younger brother the cheating girlfriend with the cartoonish radio dj. None of them ring true. It's watchable. But it's just ugh. Yuck.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Solid ensemble dramedy about a dysfunctional family who gathers to sit shiva for their deceased patriarch. Secrets come out, punches are thrown, but no love is lost (in both loving and hateful usages of the phrase). Lots of great characters, such as cheating wife Quinn who actually plays a sympathetic and vulnerable part, the gutsy, newly voluptuous matriarch played by dishy Jane Fonda, and the manboy next door whom eldest sister Wendy has to forgive herself for ditching years ago after their car accident left him brain-damaged.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Well meaning but ultimately vacuous, though saved somewhat by a competent cast that delivers whenever verbal sparring needs materialize.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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