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 $41.3 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) finds out his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) has been having an affair with his boss Wade (Dax Shepard) 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 for the funeral at their mother's home where they reconnect with family friends Horry Callen (Timothy Olyphant), and his mother Linda (Debra Monk). Wendy (Tina Fey) is unhappy because her husband Barry (Aaron Lazar) is too busy with work. Judd reunites with his older brother Paul (Corey Stoll) and Paul's wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn), who had once been Judd's girlfriend. The youngest brother, Phillip (Adam Driver), arrives late with older, therapist girlfriend Tracy (Connie Britton) and interrupts the funeral.

The Altmans' mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda) tells her children their father wanted them to sit shiva, presided over by the Altmans' childhood friend, rabbi Charles "Boner" Grodner (Ben Schwartz). Wendy knows about Judd's discovery of Quinn's infidelity, about which he avoids telling everyone else. Judd also reunites with Penny Moore (Rose Byrne), a girl who had a crush on him in high school.

During a family gathering, Wendy drunkenly badgers Judd to tell the truth about Quinn. Phillip laments being seen as the family screw-up, while also flirting with another girl while Tracy watches. Irritated, Judd blurts out that Quinn was cheating on him and he plans to divorce her. Quinn shows up the next day and reveals she's pregnant with Judd's child. It could not be Wade's child as he is sterile. Phillip finds out about the pregnancy and reveals this to the family.

The family goes to temple for a service where the brothers sneak out to smoke joints Judd found in his father's suit. Annie, upset that she and Paul haven't conceived, crawls into bed with Judd in hopes that he could get her pregnant, but he rejects her. Wendy visits Horry in his backyard, and expresses her remorse over being involved the accident that caused Horry's brain injury and then leaving him. A few days later, when her husband leaves for a conference, an upset Wendy sleeps with Horry. Being caught walking home in the morning by Judd, she tearfully confesses she will never love Barry the way she loved Horry. Judd spends the night with Penny, and then spends the day with her. But then Quinn calls him out of fear that she is having a miscarriage, and he 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 is determined to be a girl. Upon being asked to leave by the OB, Judd and Wade get into a fight in the waiting room. When Philip and Wendy arrive, Wendy punches Wade in the face. Upon leaving, Wade tells Judd he's not ready to be a step-dad and leaves Quinn.

The next day, Annie apologizes to Judd, tearfully confessing that she only wants a baby so badly and is so frustrated by her lack of progress with Paul. Judd replies that she should focus and remember the things she does have with Paul, the love they share and not let the need for a baby ruin her marriage. Paul walks in as Judd hugs her and assumes they were kissing. Paul chases and attacks Judd as Tracy leaves Phillip for being unfaithful, resulting in the three brothers fighting. Hillary silences everyone by kissing Linda passionately in front of all the spectators and informs everyone that she and Linda are in love, something Mort was happy with. She admits the Shiva was her idea, in order to come out to all her children at once and get them all to reconnect. The four siblings are shocked at first, but see their mother is happy and accept it.

One night, when the power goes out in the basement (where Judd is staying), Judd attempts to fix the problem in the power box, only to be given an electrical shock that knocks him out. He dreams of a memory with his father, where Judd had fallen down from his bike as a child, and his father comforted him and pressed his forehead to his, a characteristic sign of affection Mort used for his children. Judd wakes up crying, finally fully mourning for his father.

Judd meets Penny at the skating center, apologizing for not being honest. Wendy leaves with her two kids, waving to Horry from the car, tearing up as she lets him go again. The brothers make amends, and Paul offers Phillip a job at their father's sporting goods store. Judd decides to quietly slip out, and after loading his luggage in his car, steals Phillip's Porsche 997. The final shot is of Judd driving on the highway to Maine, a place he has always wanted to go.

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; she is a responsible mother who is married to Barry and has 2 kids. She is the ex-girlfriend of her childhood friend Horry.
  • Jane Fonda as Hillary Altman, the widowed mother of Judd, Phillip, Wendy and Paul. She is a celebrity psychologist and writer.
  • 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, who had a crush on Judd in high school. He claims that he did not date her at the time because she was just a kid.
  • 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 sustained from a car accident, Wendy was also in the car.
  • Debra Monk as Linda Callen, the Altmans' neighbor, mother of Horry, and Hillary's best friend/romantic partner.
  • Abigail Spencer as Quinn Altman, Judd's estranged wife.
  • Dax Shepard as Wade Beaufort, a shock jock radio personality and Judd's former boss.
  • Ben Schwartz as Rabbi Charles "Boner" Grodner, the family’s young rabbi.

Production[edit]

This is Where I Leave You began principal photography on May 13, 2013 in New York City.[6] The home is located in Munsey Park on Long Island. The skating rink was in The Bellmores, New York. The synagogue interior and exterior scenes were actually shot at Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester, New York. [7][8] Approximately 40 members of the congregation played extras in the scenes.[9]

Music[edit]

On October 9, 2013, Michael Giacchino was hired to score the film.[10] On August 25, 2014, it was announced that WaterTower Music would release a soundtrack album for the film on September 16, 2014.[11]

Track listing[edit]

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.[12]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

This Is Where I Leave You grossed $34.3 million in North America and $6.7 million in other territories for a total gross of $41 million, against its budget of about $20 million.[13]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $11.6 million, finishing in 3rd at the box office behind fellow new releases The Maze Runner ($32.5 million) and A Walk Among the Tombstones ($12.8 million).

Critical reception[edit]

This Is Where I Leave You received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 41%, based on 143 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."[14] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[15]

Home Media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray December 16, 2014.

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 29 August 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. ^ "This Is Where I Leave You (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ RAFER GUZMÁN (September 17, 2014). "How Tina Fey and 'This Is Where I Leave You' cast bonded while filming on Long Island". Newsday. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hollywood is coming to Congregation KTI". Westmore News. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Michael Giacchino to Score Shawn Levy’s ‘This Is Where I Leave You’". filmmusicreporter.com. October 9, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Soundtrack Details". filmmusicreporter.com. August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "This is Where I Leave You (2014) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "This Is Where I Leave You". September 19, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "This Is Where I Leave You Reviews - Metacritic". Retrieved October 22, 2014. 

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