Benjamin Maio Mackay
This is Where I Leave You - 2.5 Stars
This is Where I Leave You leaves you wondering the point of the previous 90 minutes.
When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
This star cast cannot even begin to resurrect this failure of a film. It attempts to be inspiring and funny at the same time, while in all honesty achieving neither. The cast themselves give strong performances and the scenes with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman are the most amusing scenes in the film and they certainly have a good chemistry as brother and sister. Connie Britton is the other stand out actor and while her scenes are limited she uses the script she has very well. The rest of the film seems forced and the writer, Jonathan Tropper has accomplished nothing.
The directing, score and cinematography all match the film’s style, which while seems appropriate doesn’t do anything to enhance the film.
Overall I would certainly give this attempted comedy a very wide berth!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening curtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas