Dysfunction functions

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This is Where I Leave You is both a comedy and a drama. I found myself laughing and crying throughout the movie.

The Altmans, a dysfunctional family, are mourning the loss of their father, whose untimely death has brought four siblings together to their hometown.

The reunion of the family is anything but normal.

Their father’s so-called “last wish” was for the family to sit shiva, a Jewish week-long ritual when the immediate family sits together on short chairs while visitors come to their home.

The main character of the film, Judd (Jason Bateman), is trying to hide his nasty divorce.

His sister, Wendy (Tina Fey) is unhappy in her marriage and still in love with a former boyfriend, who suffers from brain damage from a car accident.

The oldest sibling, Paul (Cory Stoll), stayed in their hometown to run the family business and is uptight and frustrated because he can’t get his wife pregnant.

The youngest sibling and the most immature is Philip (Adam Driver). Phillip is insecure and trying to fill that void by dating his therapist (Connie Britton), who is much older and wealthy.

The mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda) has issues of her own and is nervous to tell her children about the love interest she has been hiding for some time.

The movie has strong language and sexual content.

If either of those offends you, I do not suggest going to see it.

If you are in the mood for a good laugh and want to watch someone else’s family (rather than your own) deal with the drama of all being back under the same roof, then this is the movie for you.

I rate this movie an eight out of 10.

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