This Is Where I Leave You Movie Review
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The casting for This Is Where I Leave You is quite stellar. It stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Rose Byrne and Jane Fonda. Every single one of these actors give inspired performances in their roles. The chemistry was great amongst all of the characters, which provided more depth and empathy towards whatever issues each of them were dealing with. The unfortunate side to having so many great actors is trying to find screen time for all of them. Because of this dilemma, some scenes come across as unpolished or hurried.
Judd Altman (Bateman) is the focal point of This Is Where I Leave You. As with the other family members, Judd is doing his best to cope with the loss of his father, as well as dealing with relationship challenges that recently sent his life into a downward spiral. Jumping back and forth to different characters’ problems kept the pace moving forward and interesting. I found myself wondering, “what’s next?”
Due to the narrative’s substance, This Is Where I Leave You will not appeal to the majority of under-30 demographic. That said, it is a smart and witty film that is every bit of entertaining as your typical comedy. This one is just a bit more complex, with a real-life tone to it. This Is Where I Leave You is built on complex character development. If you’re sold on the characters and what their stories are, then the movie itself should be quite entertaining.