The cast has many well-known stars that fit well with the characters in the movie. Each cast member put a unique flare into their own character, which made them comical and more relatable to viewers. With a great deal of humor swinging from left to right, along with plot twists at every turn, there are still touching scenes to which almost everyone can relate.
Though the characters were indeed enjoyable and amusing to watch, they possessed stereotypical personalities. If not for the great cast to deliver it, the story itself would not provoke such a positive response. Though open endings have become quite a trend in movies lately, the ending in This Is Where I Leave You literally leaves you with unfinished business and unanswered questions. It is clear with the hurried introduction, the rushed character development, and the sometimes-abrupt scene changes that director Shawn Levy had some difficulty cramming a three-hundred-and-fifty-something-page book into a movie that’s just a little under two hours.
Though, he truly did not do that bad a job at it. This Is Where I Leave You presents itself with a trite surface, but, as it peals away from the typical “family reunion”-type stories, it marks itself as unique with the addition of plot twists, remarkably hilarious scenes, and relatable characters and situations. Not to mention the admirable cast—most notably Jason Bateman, but Tina Fey and Jane Fonda did leave me pleasantly surprised. Though it’s not the best comedy movie to have ever existed, it’s surely one that’s heart-warming, relatable, and LOL-worthy.