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‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Review Roundup: Best Family Drama Of The Year?

Sat, September 20, 2014 7:01pm EDT by 2 Comments
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Are you ready for some hilarious family dysfunction? ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ hit theaters on Sept. 19, and chronicles the lives of the Altman family as they deal with the death of a loved one. Is it best family drama of the year? Find out!

With a cast the includes Jason Bateman, 45, Tina Fey, 44, Connie Britton, 47, and Jane Fonda, 76, how can you possibly go wrong? This Is Where I Leave You, based on Jonathan Tropper’s, 44, best-selling novel, opened in theaters on Sept. 19. Should you invite the Altmans in? Click inside to check out the movie reviews!

‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Reviews


What ultimately pushes This Is Where I Leave You to excellence is the chemistry of the ensemble cast. Bateman’s deadpan everyman persona works well when surrounded by such strong co-stars; Fey’s feisty wit is as sharp as ever; and Stoll is good at playing unlikable. The biggest scene-stealers, however, are Girls star Adam Driver and Jane Fonda, who can count many of the movie’s most hilarious and/or emotional moments between them.

Cinema Blend:

But best of all, this ensemble sizzles together, exchanging barbs and blows with verve and nerve. There’s nothing overly daring going on here, but This Is Where I Leave You is a engaging and fun exploration of the dynamics of the ties that bind and sometimes gag.

Los Angeles Times:

I can’t think of a family I’d rather sit shiva with than the Altmans of “This Is Where I Leave You.” They bury their father, Mort, pun no doubt intended, with the right mix of tears and unearthed resentments, and they take the blows life hands them seriously enough but in stride. As if they are nothing special. This is exactly the charm of Jonathan Tropper’s novel on which the comedy/drama is based.


Despite or perhaps because of all that, “This Is Where I Leave You” works marvelously. Written by Jonathan Tropper from his novel about a dysfunctional Jewish family sitting shiva for its patriarch, “This Is Where I Leave You” is the year’s first real crowd pleaser, a comedy-drama that presses all the right buttons but does so with intelligence and skill. It’s not too heavy, not too light — just right for a grown-up night at the movies.

Check out the trailer for This Is Where I Leave You below!

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— Avery Thompson

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