THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

★★★

Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard
Directed by Shawn Levy
2014 / 103 Minutes / Warner Bros.

I wasn’t surprised or disappointed by this movie. I think it was good with problems; the main one being it’s pretty much forgettable. That doesn’t make it a bad movie there just wasn’t anything new here. I felt nothing watching this movie (which I realize probably isn’t a good thing). There were a few laughs now and then from the very predictable story. There’s also too many stories going on that just don’t matter. If you’re going to give a character a heavy story… then do it! (Tina Fey’s storyline is one of the most interesting and completely forgotten stories). Did they cut too much out? What happened? You have this great cast that gets pushed to the sidelines for predictable mediocre stories from characters we’ve seen a hundred times before. There was only one great moment near the end I did not see coming.

Though it’s forgettable there were still some great little moments throughout it. The cast is really what saves the movie, but they deserved better material than this. I guarantee you’ll forget this movie in a year, especially with an awful title like this one (I still can’t remember the name of this movie), but I’d say it’s still worth a watch for something simple, funny that wanted to be so much more. If you’ve seen ‘Dan In Real Life’ and enjoyed it, you’ll like this one too… remember that one? No, exactly.

Grade C+

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