This Is Where I Leave You2014
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
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.
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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 Grodner (aka Boner)
as Wade Beaufort
as Barry Weissman
as Younger Mort
as Woman #1
as Guard #1
as Frat Boy #1
as Woman #2
as Uncle Joe
as Dr. Rausch
as Pani Applebaum, Mrs. Applebaum
as Little League Dad
as Young Judd
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Critic Reviews for This Is Where I Leave You
It stays in safe terrain, and the ensemble cast members often feel as if they have been selected to revisit familiar characters and performances.
Visually dull and stuffed with so many characters that none is allowed to breathe.
Shawn Levy's comedy-drama about a grieving American family is too smug and sanctimonious to take advantage of its top-notch cast.
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.
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.
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.
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