This Is Where I Leave You

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This Is Where I Leave You
This Is Where I Leave You poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Shawn Levy
Paula Weinstein
Jeffrey Levine
Written by Jonathan Tropper
Based on This Is Where I Leave You 
by Jonathan Tropper
Starring Jason Bateman
Tina Fey
Adam Driver
Rose Byrne
Corey Stoll
Kathryn Hahn
Connie Britton
Timothy Olyphant
Dax Shepard
Jane Fonda
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Dean Zimmerman
Production
company
Spring Creek Productions
21 Laps Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • September 19, 2014 (2014-09-19)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $19.8 million[2]
Box office $41 million[2]

This Is Where I Leave You is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Shawn Levy. It is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the film's screenplay.[3] The film was released on September 19, 2014.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) comes home and finds his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) having sex with his boss Wade (Dax Shepard), which has been going on for a year. After he moves out, Judd's sister Wendy (Tina Fey) calls to tell him their father Mort has died. The Altmans gather together for the funeral. Wendy is unhappy her husband Barry (Aaron Lazar) is too busy with work. Judd reunites with his older brother Paul (Corey Stoll) and his wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn). The youngest brother, Phillip (Adam Driver), arrives late and rudely interrupts the funeral.

The Altmans' mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda) tells her four children that their father wanted them to sit shiva, meaning they must stay for a whole week with each other, presided over by the Altmans' childhood friend, rabbi Charles Grodner (Ben Schwartz). Phillip introduces his therapist and girlfriend Tracy (Connie Britton). Guests come over and the Altmans catch up. Paul and Annie are struggling to conceive a child. Wendy knows about Judd's divorce, which he avoids telling everyone else. At the family's sporting goods store Judd finds Horry Callen (Timothy Olyphant), an ex-boyfriend of Wendy's that suffered a brain injury, forcing him to stay home with his mother Linda (Debra Monk). Judd also reunites with Penny Moore (Rose Byrne), a girl that used to have a crush on him who now behaves erratically due to anti-depressants. Phillip fights with Paul about who can run the store.

The family later shares favorite stories of their father, but Judd cannot think of a memory. Wendy drunkenly badgers Judd to tell the truth about Quinn. Phillip laments being seen as the family screw-up and leaves Judd at the skating rink to hook up with his ex. Judd finds Penny at the rink and they bond. He tells her he regrets not being more in-the-moment, such as randomly driving to Maine. Quinn shows up and reveals she's pregnant with Judd's child. Quinn had previously had a miscarriage, which drove her and Judd apart. Phillip finds out about the pregnancy and remorselessly reveals this to the family. Judd later goes to Penny's house to talk and ends up sleeping with her.

The family goes to temple for a service. The brothers sneak out to smoke joints Judd finds in his father's suit, and they manage to bond before setting off the fire alarm. Annie, upset that she and Paul haven't conceived, reaches out to Judd, whom she dated in high school, but he rejects her. Wendy and Barry fight as Barry leaves for business. Wendy sneaks over to Horry's house to have sex, and returns to Judd. She expresses her remorse over causing the accident that caused Horry's brain injury and that she'll never love Barry the way she loved Horry. Judd goes on a date with Penny but gets a call from Quinn in the hospital, and admits to Penny that Quinn is pregnant. Judd gets to the hospital to be with Quinn, only for Wade to show up. The baby is fine, and outside in the waiting room Judd confronts Wade. Wendy and Phillip arrive and Wendy punches Wade in the face. Outside, Judd convinces a group of frat boys to push Wade's Jaguar E Type upside down. Wade tells Judd he's not ready to be a step-dad and leaves Quinn.

Judd then tries going to see Penny but she dismisses their relationship as a fling. Annie apologizes to Judd, though Paul sees them and believes they're cheating. Paul attacks Judd as Tracy leaves Phillip for being unfaithful, resulting in the three brothers fighting. Hillary shuts everyone up by informing them she and Linda are in love, something their father was happy with. She admits the Shiva was her idea. Judd gets an electric shock fixing a circuit and remembers his father pressing his forehead against Judd's (something he did with all his kids). Hillary finds Judd who tearfully admits he misses his dad. Judd meets Penny at the skating center, apologizing for not being honest, and she tells him to call her. Wendy and her kids say goodbye, and she waves to Horry. The brothers have made amends, and Paul offers Phillip a job. Judd decides to quietly slip out. Phillip catches him, and they press foreheads. Judd and Hillary share a silent goodbye as she watches him from the window. Before leaving, Judd then decides to take Phillip's Porsche 997 and go for a ride to Maine.

Cast[edit]

  • Jason Bateman as Judd Altman, the middle boy of the four Altman siblings. He is married to Quinn, whom he recently caught cheating on him with his boss.
  • Tina Fey as Wendy Altman, one of the four siblings; a responsible mother who is married to Barry and has 2 kids. She is the ex-girlfriend of her childhood friend Horry.
  • Adam Driver as Phillip Altman, the youngest of the four siblings; the playboy of the family who thinks he is an entrepreneur.
  • Rose Byrne as Penny Moore, Judd's high school crush.
  • Corey Stoll as Paul Altman, the oldest of the four siblings; the no-nonsense brother who is responsible for the family business. He is married to Annie.
  • Kathryn Hahn as Annie Altman, Paul's wife. She and Paul have been trying to conceive.
  • Connie Britton as Tracy Sullivan, Phillip's girlfriend and therapist.
  • Timothy Olyphant as Horry Callen, Wendy's ex-boyfriend, who lives with his mother across the street from the Altman family home due to a brain injury he suffered when he and Wendy were dating.
  • Abigail Spencer as Quinn Altman, Judd's estranged wife.
  • Dax Shepard as Wade Beaufort, a shock jock radio personality and Judd's former boss.
  • Jane Fonda as Hillary Altman, the oversexed widowed mother of Judd, Phillip, Wendy and Paul. She is a celebrity psychologist and writer.
  • Aaron Lazar as Barry Weissman, Wendy's husband.
  • Ben Schwartz as Rabbi Charles "Boner" Grodner, the family’s young rabbi.
  • Cade Lappin as Cole Altman
  • Debra Monk as Linda Callen, the Altmans' neighbor, mother of Horry, and Hillary's best friend/romantic partner.
  • Will Swenson as a young Mort Altman

Production[edit]

This is Where I Leave You began principal photography on May 13, 2013 in New York City.[6]

Music[edit]

On October 9, 2013, Michael Giacchino was hired to score the film.[7] On August 25, 2014, it was announced that WaterTower Music would release a soundtrack album for the film on September 16, 2014.[8]

Marketing[edit]

On May 15, 2014 Entertainment Weekly revealed a still from the film featuring the whole cast. On May 28, 2014 the first trailer was released.[9]

Reception[edit]

This Is Where I Leave You has received generally mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 42%, based on 142 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "This Is Where I Leave You has its moments, but given the amount of talent assembled onscreen, the rather pedestrian results can't help but feel like a letdown."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU (15)". Warner Bros. British Board of Film Classification. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "This is Where I Leave You (2014) - Box Office Mojo". September 19, 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Breznican, Anthony (April 11, 2013). "Connie Britton to romance Adam Driver in all-star 'This Is Where I Leave You' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (November 26, 2013). "Jason Bateman, Tina Fey Comedy ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Finds a Home". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charts". IMDb. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "‘This Is Where I Leave You’, starring Tina Fey & Jason Bateman, begins filming in NYC". OnlineVacations.com. May 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Michael Giacchino to Score Shawn Levy’s ‘This Is Where I Leave You’". filmmusicreporter.com. October 9, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ "‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Soundtrack Details". filmmusicreporter.com. August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ Breznican, Anthony (15 May 2014). "'This Is Where I Leave You': FIRST LOOK at Tina Fey, Jason Bateman's emotional family funeral comedy". ew.com. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "This Is Where I Leave You". September 19, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "This Is Where I Leave You Reviews - Metacritic". Retrieved October 22, 2014. 

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