Film review: This is where i leave you(15, 103 mins)Comedy/Drama/Romance.

A year’s worth of soap plot wrapped up in 103 minutes

Sunday, 26th October 2014, 5:00 pm
This Is Where I Leave You: (Left to right) Jane Fonda as Hilary Altman and Jason Bateman as Judd Altman
This Is Where I Leave You: (Left to right) Jane Fonda as Hilary Altman and Jason Bateman as Judd Altman

Emotional entanglements of a dysfunctional family provide the humour and pathos in Shawn Levy’s touching comedy of shared history and heartache.

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Screenwriter Jonathan Tropper adapts his own bestselling novel, stitching together an entire year’s worth of TV soap opera plot threads into a freewheeling narrative that spreads joy and misery evenly among the underwritten characters.

Revelations come ridiculously thick and fast, requiring ever greater suspensions of disbelief, to the point that we wouldn’t be surprised if one of the central clan was unmasked as an extra-terrestrial doppelganger. Thankfully, Tropper peppers his script with sparkling one-liners.