Thanks to its voluminous cast, This is Where I Leave You has an 'overcrowded elevator' feel about it. I couldn't help picturing a maximum capacity sign, wondering which of the surplus characters I'd happily jettison to give everyone else some room to move. With so many moving parts, the film is forced to the juggle multiple plot lines where nothing particularly interesting was explored, which left me wondering what the point was.
The Altman family is reuniting in the wake of their father’s untimely passing. Despite being an atheist, Papa Altman's dying wish is that his family sits Shiva in order to bring everyone together for some much needed family time. The family's woes are a veritable smorgasbord of dysfunction, with each member’s problems topped by the next. Given this is a family reunion flick, one by one they start to find the happiness that's been eluding them through the love and support of their ... Sorry I just threw up a little. The film just doesn't take any chances, merely playing on the usual tropes without tackling riskier content.
This is Where I Leave You is one of the films which comes and goes with little fanfare, and rightly so. It’s fine if you’re looking for a simple family drama with a few laughs thrown in along the way. I’d suggest you revisit The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson) or the original Death at a Funeral (Frank Oz) for a much better family reunion experience.
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