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February 13 2015 @ 10:53 am
Review: This Is Where I Leave You  


Description
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide— driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Thoughts
I wanted to like this movie more. The concept seemed promising. I tend to like movies along these lines but this one was over the top at every turn. Tina Fey and Jason Bateman did great jobs in this film but overall it was hard to get past every poor timed joke or situation and every poor decision.

I don't like adultry. In this film Bateman's character's wife has already cheated on him with his boss/friend and he's going to move on. I accept that and am totally okay with it. He's reeling from the death of his father and his marriage. And then we see Fey's character doing the walk of shame after cheating on her husband. She tells her brother (played by Bateman) she's nothing like his wife. What? You are exactly the same. Just because (she has always believed) the man she cheated with is her soulmate, and due to unforseen circumstances didn't end up with, doesn't mean it is okay. That is what really killed it for me.

Overall the story wasn't too bad and in the end everything that happens brings this family together.

So glad it was free.