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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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It stays in safe terrain, and the ensemble cast members often feel as if they have been selected to revisit familiar characters and performances.
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.
Like August Osage County, only even more fatuous.
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.
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.
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.
While the material might have been a little trite, This Is Where I Leave You has an amazing cast that delivers.
There are some outstanding performances in This Is Where I Leave You, which elevates the movie into something actually watchable, as opposed to a couple of good moments interspersed with scenes meant to be funnier or more affecting.
This Is Where I Leave You sabe compensar su flojo guión con el talento de su reparto.
Levy had a lot of character arcs to juggle, so it's no surprise he had a hard time keeping them all in the air.
Marketed as a mordant but moving dramedy, it was in fact a glib amalgam of other, better films.
Exactly the kind of movie most will want to cozy up to on the couch while eating yesterday's leftover dinner.
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.
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.
Well meaning but ultimately vacuous, though saved somewhat by a competent cast that delivers whenever verbal sparring needs materialize.
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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