After a busy weekend running around, this cold, rainy Monday was an ideal time for me to watch This is Where I Leave You which is now On Demand. I had read Jonathan Tropper’s best selling book with the same name which the screenplay is adapted from.
While I only have one sister, it is so easy to relate to this dysfunctional family of three brothers and a sister. The main character Judd Altman plays the main character and he is joined by Jane Fonda as his mom who has gotten a boob job and Tina Fey as Wendy. It was fun seeing Tina in a different role after watching her co-host The Golden Globes last night.
I’m not going to give away the plot for those who haven’t yet read the book or seen the flick. It centers around a family who is called home to the suburbs to sit Shiva after their father has lost his battle with a disease (I’m presuming cancer). If you are worried it’s an emotional tear jerker, its a comedy. I did get a bit teary eyed at a few brief moments only because I was reliving the death of my own father which happened eight years ago.
In my teen years, I was a fan of Jason Bateman and he was perfect in the role. All of the cast had great chemistry with one another. You wanted to root for the characters and their relationships even when they were a complicated, ugly mess.
Hillary Altman: You can’t leave this house; we’re sitting shiva.
Wendy: Mom, you’re sitting in the exact same spot we put our Christmas tree.
I highly recommend This is Where I leave You the next time you need a reminder that dysfunction tends to run in all families regardless of religion or socioeconomic class.
Please comment if you’ve seen the movie or read the novel.