"This Is Where I Leave You"

This ensemble is what makes the book adaptation of screenwriter Jonathan Tropper’s novel a cinematic treasure.

The story begins with Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) and his normal day only to come home and his life turned upside down when he finds his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) having sex with his boss Wade (Dax Shepard), as he holds a cake with lit candles for Quinn’s birthday. Sleeping in a dingy and dark apartment, he learns from his sister Wendy (Tina Fey, in a terrific performance and thick New York accent) their father passed away. Using the acknowledgement of Shiva, the seven day period of mourning, for their father’s wishes, Judd, Wendy, Paul (Corey Stoll playing the character with solid neurosis and care) and Phillip (Adam Driver) are all asked to stay home by their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda, hilarious and ever incredible), as it seems against their will. All of their issues and unresolved past make it any wonder how the roof stayed on the house.

Timothy Olymphant, Kathryn Hahn, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz and Debra Monk give tip top acting performances. Adam Driver is the breakout of this film. His childlike and loving nature as Phillip is hilarious. Casting director Cindy Tolan did a wonderful job.

The film is an honest and quirky drama & comedy. Every character has a storyline that audiences can connect with and that is what makes the film funny. I smiled the whole time watching this film for its refreshing storytelling.