This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

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After the death of their father, four siblings return to their childhood home and their mother reveals that they must stay together for a week according to the terms of their father's will.
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE THIS
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
May 07, 2017

Like " Almost Christmas 2017," this is a comedy drama about a large family gathering under one roof to observe Shiva, planned for a week. An all star cast to portray a variety of adults working out their present and past relationship problems which often led to hilarious scenes. And what was the wise old dad thinking? Quote:
Judd: I don't understand the Shiva. Mom's not even Jewish, and dad was an atheist.
Wendy: A Jewish atheist, and this is what he wanted.

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Mooseum
Feb 11, 2017

The story was a good satire, not heavy-handed like The Little Fockers. The acting was somehow appropriate. I liked Jason Bateman's character's considerateness to others, and how that changed as the situation around him changed. I watched this movie while reading Anne Patchett's Commonwealth, about another dysfunctional family (how many normal families ever get a book or a movie?) The siblings could all know each other.

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gingercat108
Oct 28, 2016

'Nice', was enjoyable but not enough for me to want to purchase. A bit slow and somewhat, 'been there before'.

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No_Stalkers4Me
Oct 03, 2016

Enjoyed it.

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trevordunfordswife
Aug 25, 2016

Sort of an 'immediate family only' version of the Big Chill - lacking the great sound track. They all seem to lead lives of quite desperation except Adam Driver as Paul the youngest who hasn't realized it yet. Despite my negativity we enjoyed it and found it rather sweet in moments. Bateman is very good and I always enjoy Jane Fonda. Tina Fey was just sad. She made me sad for her. Rose Byrne is good & surprisingly quirky. Made a nice change from guns & violence.

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mythoughts
Aug 10, 2016

Wide range of reviews here but I liked it a lot. It was quite funny and the actors were well cast. I get bored easily and this one kept my interest.

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2016

I'm always unsure of ensemble dramedies. They so often miss that I'm never sure if it's worth the watch. Here is no exception. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is trying and failing to be a twenty-first century BIG CHILL. But instead of being a reunion of friends, it's a family reunion when a handful of siblings return home for Dad's funeral. Each is struggling with their own thing: adultery; impending divorce; infertility; potty-training children; dating someone older; miscarriage; unplanned pregnancy; unemployment; bla bla bla. But the contrived message is, of course, that family must lean on family and love each other unconditionally. We've heard it all before, spouted like a universal truth but applicable only in some situations. This family in particular must sit shiva for their "Jewish Atheist" father, seven days of mourning under one roof, his dying wish. Throwing this much talent together should ignite a spark just from the friction, but I failed to see anything light. The one stand-out is miserable Jason Bateman, who, from his years on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, has perfected the straight-man persona amongst the chaos of a dysfunctional family. I normally love Adam Driver and Tina Fey, but they feel miscast here, lacking their usual panache and trading it in for an archetype to hide behind. Same goes for Jane Fonda, showing up in lingerie to highlight how good she looks for her years, something akin to a sex-fueled cameo. The only worthwhile scenes come within the last twenty minutes of the film, all revelation and resolution one after the other. Not worth its flashy star power, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is best left on the shelf. I don't recommend it.

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David Salsbery
Jun 11, 2016

This was funny & embarrassing at the same time. My family is so much more messed up. This was a treat.

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CdnErin
Apr 22, 2016

I loved this movie! It reminded me A LOT of The Family Stone, which is another movie I loved, having both drama and funny parts (quite funny, actually - I'm sorry, but the Rabbi in TiWILY is HILARIOUS! Be sure to watch the bonus feature about that character!)

PimaLib_AmyB Mar 16, 2016

Judging from recent comments, you'll either love it or hate it. I'm siding with the love-its. Many stories are packed in to the movie, but that didn't take away from the main plot. Some situations weren't as funny as they tried to be. Certain moments though had me either laughing out loud or fighting tears. I found the sibling relationships especially good.

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jimg2000
May 07, 2017

Many quotes in IMDb already, not sure about these:

...but I could use a friend here. A little honesty for a change. Just between you, me and the sunrise.
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It'd be a terrible mistake to go through life... thinking people are the sum total of what you see.
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It's hard to see people from your past... when your present is so cataclysmically screwed up, you know?
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My mom is in love. Well, that's nice for her. The specifics are very hard to explain. Um, very, very hard. But I realized something. I have never been in love. Not like that. I've been too busy chasing this idea that I had about this perfect life... and life is not perfect. It shouldn't be perfect. It should be unpredictable and irrational... and complicated. And I want a complicated life... where I can love someone like that.
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Have you had your man parts checked yet?
-Come on, not now, Wendy.
Because you may have emptied them over the years. ... My room was next to yours.

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2016

"You cannot leave this house. We're sitting shiva."
"Mom, you're sitting in the same spot we put our Christmas tree."

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2016

"She's Mom. She asked me how much to tip the nurses."

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2016

"I have never taken any chances. I've spent my entire life playing it safe just to avoid being where I am now."

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CNRKELLETT
Jun 23, 2016

"Yeah, that's a princess cut, bitch!"

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CNRKELLETT
Jun 23, 2016

CNRKELLETT thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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