This Is Where I Leave You

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This Is Where I Leave You 1This is Where I Leave You is a dramatic comedy based on the best-selling novel penned by Jonathan Tropper. It is about death in a dysfunctional family. After the death of their father, the Altman family is brought together to spend the week in their mother’s home where they must reconnect. The family has to observe Shiva for seven days in respect for the deceased father of the family. They reluctantly discover through secrets revealed and conflicts finally confronted, that they are in need of help with love, life and themselves.

Family matriarch Hilary is a child psychologist who has been humiliating her children which includes detailing their childhood development in her best-selling book. Her This Is Where I Leave You 2daughter Wendy is married with children and not happy with her life, Paul the oldest son stayed around to manage the family business; Phillip is the youngest and is the baby of the family and literally grown up with still acting up like the baby of the family.
Judd is the middle child; a radio producer whose married life is shattered when he found out his wife Abigail is having an affair.

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The movie is character driven, it has a simple plot yet it is complex with complex characters. It is thought provoking which makes you laugh and sad at the same time. I like the part where they found two joints in the deceased father’s jacket and proceeded to smoke it in one of the school classrooms while the services were going on in the temple. The acting is great specially Jane Fonda.

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You would enjoy the movie if you are into simple movies with great plot.
The movie is star studded with Jane Fonda as the matriarch Hilary, Tina Fey as Wendy, Corey Stroll as Paul and Adam Driver as Phillip, Jason Bateman as Judd. Directed by Shawn Levy.

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18 Responses to This Is Where I Leave You

  1. pierremorris says:

    Saw thus on Netflix last night and I enjoyed it has a very good writing.

  2. Robert D says:

    Jane Fonda still looks great at her age, good movie with dark humor.

  3. Lisa Walters says:

    This is what a movie should be, its all about the plot and the story of each character it is very witty too.

  4. Lisa Walters says:

    At her age Jane Fonda looks gorgeous as ever, she looks great.

  5. troy m says:

    Miss Jane Fonda looks great for her age.

  6. Brian O says:

    A very good dark drama comedy. Love it, one of the most witty movie so far this year.

  7. D James says:

    Small movie with great characters and all major stars in it acted very well specially Jane Fonda. For her age she looks great.

  8. Don Maelel says:

    This movie is all about good character development, good story and very good dialogue, it is not about senseless actions and explosions.

  9. enaj007 says:

    This movie if for movie fans who loves movies with great story and not so much on visuals. This one has a great story.

  10. Micky M says:

    Great movie with characters that are funny in their sadness, and who remind us there are so many out there with these predicaments and challenges.

  11. Cowboy says:

    It is a really a weak circle of predictable situations, a fun but over the top family drama/comedy. Worth watching but you won’t be surprised by the outcome.

    This movie is being panned by the critics, but I say ignore them, they spend way too much time alone in the dark.

  12. Mar T says:

    The cast is amazing and it’s still a delight to see a cast this talented play off one another. This is one funny movie.

  13. Brit says:

    I can’t relate to some of the subject matter and I judge a movie by its merit. I think this movie squandered it’s stars like Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. These are very talented comedians and with the the movie being comedy with such competent comics at its helm, the screenplay should work based on their talents but did not.

  14. Upset Move Fan says:

    Another movie put out by Hollywood where they throw together a lot of big name stars, a decent enough plot idea, then kill it all with a script that is so laughable. This one should have been made for TV.

  15. Rebecca says:

    This is a simple yet complex movie. It is a very different film that challenges you to choose a character and really feel for them. This is a very character driven movie about hardships and loveships, even if it does not end in the conventional way that every romance does.

  16. Jim says:

    This movie is very similar to August:Osage County starring Meryll Streep and Julia Roberts.

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