It doesn’t matter if you’re the screw-up or the golden child in your family, This is where I leave you is a rewarding viewing experience that’ll make you reflect your own life choices and happiness…
This is where I leave you (2014): Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel); running-time 1h 43mins.; starring Tina Fey (Date Night), Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses), Adam Driver (Girls), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris), Jane Fonda (Grace & Frankie), Rose Byrne (Bad Neighbours), Dax Shepard (When in Rome), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Connie Briton (Nashville), Kathryn Hahn (How to lose a guy in 10 days).
What’s it about? When their father passes away, four grown siblings (Fey, Bateman, Driver, Stoll) are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother (Fonda) and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
What’s it really about? Starting over is complicated, but it’s worth it.
- You’ve been reflecting on your life choices and are unhappy about some of them: This is where I leave you shows that happiness doesn’t automatically come with a certain age or life step such as marriage or kids
- You are looking for an uplifting, if somewhat eccentric family portrait
- You like films about big families such as August Osage County, The Big Wedding, or The Family Stone
- or films about returning to your hometown after a long time such as Girl most likely
- or films about dealing with loss and setbacks such as Elizabethtown, or Love, Peace and Misunderstanding
Most memorable scene: When their mother drags them to temple, Judd and Philipp decide to smoke up in one of the Sunday school classrooms and start reminiscing about their father.
Most memorable quote: “It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.”
Magic Music Moment: Judd goes to see his former love interest Penny at the local ice skating rink. As they lie under the disco lights listening to Cindy Lauper’s “Time after Time”, she reassures him that his divorce is not the end of his journey – after all “Anything can happen. Anything happens all the time”.
Where can I watch? This is where I leave you is available for streaming on Netflix.