This Is Where I Leave You

2014

This Is Where I Leave You

Critics 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.

43%

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Total Count: 164

59%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 35,189
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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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Cast

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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Audience Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You

  • Jan 21, 2016
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2015
    Though it delivers some good laughs and has a strong cast, This Is Where I Leave You is uneven and lacks focus. The story follows a dysfunctional family that is brought together by their father's death, and is forced to observe a Jewish rite that requires them to live and mourn together for several days. Jason Bateman comes through with a solid performance, but the rest of the cast is wasted. Part of the problem is the writing, which wants to make all the characters eccentric and goofy. The tone is also an issue, as the comedy ranges from black humor to slapstick. Overly convoluted and messy, This Is Where I Leave You is an underwhelming family drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2015
    For a film with such a talented cast, and this is a pretty damn good cast let me tell you, it's disappointing to see that the story and thematic elements simply did not come around them in a way that's satisfactory. The whole thing is seeing this dysfunctional family realizing that they're better as a whole than they are apart and, while an admirable goal, it just ends up feeling empty and shallow. The film's attempts to draw you in emotionally don't always work, no matter how hard the cast tries. Some of it works, like Phillip's moments of wisdom with his siblings even if he's just a glorified man-child. The moment Phillip and Judd share just before leaves at the end is one of the more legitimately sweet moments in a film that tries so hard to be full of them. And you don't have to tell me, of COURSE I know that the book is better. This is an invalid argument, because a book can be as long as the author wants it to be. I'm sure editors would like it to be shorter, but there's simply no limit on the length of it. Films, on the other hand, are a very limited medium because you have to take into consideration how many times your film can be played per day in any given theater. That's the reason why you don't see many films over 3 hours long play in any mainstream theater. So I get that, but I think the film could've gone on a little while longer to better develop its varying subplots. The stuff with Paul being way too possessive of his sporting goods store is literally touched on twice in the movie. When they bring it up early into the film and in the end when Paul decides to give Phillip a job. If the film had been a bit longer, you could've gone on to Paul and why he wanted to keep the store all to himself. Going into how it's the only thing of his father that he has left and how the other siblings left and went on to live their lives in other places. How he was the only one that stayed when it was really tough. All these things. I'm not even sure if they touched upon this in the book, but it would've fleshed out the character more and given you more insight as to why he thinks the way he does. And his wife not being able to get pregnant subplot is another one that gets shortchanged. Outside of a couple of appearances, you'd almost forget that Kathryn Hahn is even in this movie. And this woman is really freaking talented, so she clearly deserves better than to have a very minuscule role. The stuff with Wendy and Horry is also shortchanged for time as well. Unfortunately, this is the case of too many characters but too little time. I don't expect each individual sibling to get 35 minutes to tell their story, but a little more would've been appreciated, so then you wouldn't have all these stories that were held back because you couldn't commit to developing them a bit more. But, honestly, the cast makes this film almost good. They're really good together, none of them look particularly Jewish or anything like that, but they're all really good and they really are this film's saving grace. It's not that the film is lazy, because it's not, it just doesn't know how to effectively handle so many characters and their baggage at the same time. I digress though, I still liked this movie in spite of all its flaws. It's an average film that I had no problem watching, it's certainly easy to get through thanks to a game cast. I'd suggest waiting until/if this movie ever hits Netflix. It'd be a perfectly harmless watch then...and even if you spend the $1.50 to rent it at Redbox, it's not gonna hurt your wallet too much. Not bad, but not particularly noteworthy.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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