This Is Where I Leave You Movie Review
This is Where I Leave You teaches you that yes, all the funny parts can fit into the trailer and that amidst a cast that includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and Rose Byrne, Adam Driver truly is the one to watch.
A drama-comedy that is more drama than comedy, This is Where I Leave You is about a group of adult siblings and their spouses who are forced to spend a week together following the death of their father. Sparks fly, most of them negative, and plenty of family secrets and personality issues are put into the open.
The result is an uneven and largely dull affair that is so unmemorable, I actually forgot to write a review about it for a whopping two weeks.
Scene by scene, This is Where I Leave You isn't that bad. Whether it's trying to be funny or serious, or both at the same time, the writing by Jonathan Tropper--working from a novel by Jonathan Tropper--is generally solid. It's when everything is pieced together, the synergy is nowhere to be found. Not enough happens, and what does happen is so mild and shrugworthy you just won't care.
Given the comedic talents involved in the picture, it's a real shame Tropper didn't give them a funnier script to work with. But This is Where I Leave You is what it is, and what it is should be left in the bargain bin where it belongs.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.