In theaters on September 19, 2014, This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman and Tina Fey leading an ensemble cast in this dramedy about a dysfunctional family reuniting to bury the patriarch.
When you mention a movie that is going to star Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, one would think a comedy would be the genre explored. Considering that Shawn Levy, of Night of the Museum and Date Night fame, also directed this, maybe broad comedy could be considered. It seems that would be a slight departure for the movie This Is Where I Leave You.
As with the trailer above, it does have some comedic moments, but also tries to tap into the heart and the deconstruction of a mourning family. Based on the book of the same name written by Jonathan Tropper (who also wrote the screenplay), Jason Bateman (Bad Words, Arrested Development) plays the son whose marriage has crumbled and Tina Fey (30 Rock, being awesome) plays his sister who come together for the Shiva, a practice in Judaism where an immediate family mourns the passing of a loved one for one week.
The iconic Jane Fonda is the matriarch of the family while Corey Stoll (terrific in House of Cards) and Adam Driver (Star Wars Episode VII, Girls) play the other two brothers brought together under one roof to pick up the pieces. Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Connie Britton, Abigail Spencer and Kathryn Hahn round out most of the ensemble for the movie. The movie was filmed in the one house and the actors did end up converting the upstairs bedroom into an “actor’s clubhouse” where they would spend a bunch of time together instead of heading back to their trailers. Hopefully that same camaraderie will translate on screen. The movie will premiere in early September at the Toronto International Film Festival, with wide release on September 19, 2014.
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