A film adaptation of This is Where I leave You, a novel by Jonathan Tropper, appears to receive mixed signals.
The basic premise of the film and novel takes place after the death of Judd Altman’s (Foxman in the novel) father. This marks the first time the entire dysfunctional Altman family is together again.
Judd’s father’s last request was that Judd, along with the entire family, stay together for the following seven days after the funeral. What ensues is chaos, drama, passion, and the truth.
It is a truly raw piece about family, that grants the audience with piece of mind.
The cast consists of familiar, talented, and loved actors including Jason Bateman as Judd Altman, Jane Fonda as Hilary Altman (mother), Tina Fey as Wendy Altman (sister), and many more.
The film has a strong foundation story and a strong cast, as noted by viewers. It’s a story of bickering siblings, a family torn apart due to divorce and secrets, and a dying request that no one can escape.
Critics argue that despite the great star cast, the story requires them to play it safe and recite clichéd lines and situations, which explains the mediocre rating that the film received.
The film may be a good watch if one of the actors is a personal favorite or if seeing Jonathan Tropper’s world come alive sounds interesting.
This is Where I Leave You opened worldwide in theaters on September 19th.