This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

Here’s a movie that has been out for a while that I just finally got around to watching. After the head of the family dies, the Altman siblings are asked to honor the one wish their father had: that all four of them sit Shiva for seven days. None of them want to do this, but since their dad wanted them to, they decided it would be best. This is all fine and dandy, but none of the four siblings know how to get along with each other. The oldest, Paul (Corey Stoll), is having a problem getting his wife pregnant. Wendy (Tina Fey) is also having problems with her absent husband and children. Judd (Jason Bateman) is in the midst of a messy divorce that is going on. Although, he does find some peace when he runs into his old friend, Penny (Rose Byrne). The last sibling, Phillip (Adam Driver) is the crazy one out of the siblings who never had a steady job and is bringing home women that are almost twice his age. None of them can really remember what they miss about their dad and this tells a story of how they all get back together as a nice family.

First off, if you are in the mood for a cheesy movie that has its occasional funny moments, this is one you would enjoy. This Is Where I Leave You is a movie that I did not love, but I also didn’t hate it. It tells a great story of a family coming together again after almost ten years without being on good terms. It’s a movie that is worth watching. I can’t say I wasted my time with it even though it wasn’t all that great.

This is a film that had me a little shocked that is wasn’t great because of the cast. I love everyone that was involved with this movie and it was just disappointing to see the movie and not be impressed by it. The script is one that definitely can not find the right amount of tears or laughs, but it still is a movie that makes you smile in the end. It does, however, have some occasional scenes where you do the famous, “laugh out loud”.

This Is Where I Leave You was directed by Shawn Levy. I must say that the movies he directs are pretty bad. I haven’t seen a movie of his yet that I really enjoyed. He has a good amount of movies under his belt as a director and I think that he just should sign off on his directing career. Nothing he makes is all that good. This was probably the best film he’s made.

Overall, This Is Where I Leave You is a movie that is not exactly a great comedy or a real tear-jerker, but it does entertain you in ways that a lot of people would enjoy.

Grade= C (Okay)

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