Family, eh? Ya gotta love ’em. Even when your wife is cheating on you with your boss, your mother’s demanding you home for seven days, your sister won’t stop bleating advice and one of your brothers has a surprise fiancé in tow.
Extended families can offer a whole lot of laughs, but TIWILY is so fragmented it never pulls focus for long enough, at least not when it can hit a few clichés first.
Ultimately it’s both a casting list and a film with lots of parts, and while the former comes together with occasional satisfaction, the latter does not.
Though neither as funny nor as moving as it might hope – once you factor out the cloying guitar – This is Where I Leave You skates by on the likeability of its cast. Its giant, bloated cast.
CAST: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepherd, Abigail Spencer, Ben Schwartz, Connie Britton, Debra Monk
DIRECTOR: Shawn Levy
WRITERS: Jonathan Tropper
SYNOPSIS: In the wake of a patriarch’s death, a family reunites at the old homestead.