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This Is Where I Leave You

Summary: A Jewish family that isn’t used to observing their faith’s traditions is forced to fulfill their father’s final wish and sit Shivah together and confront their problems.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd October, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Shawn Levy

Screenwriter: Jonathan Tropper

Cast: Michael Barra (Ollie), Jason Bateman (Judd Altman), Barbara Bleier (Trish), Connie Britton (Tracy Sullivan), Carly Brooke (Chelsea), Rose Byrne (Penny Moore), Cantor Mia Fram Davidson (Cantor), Adam Driver (Phillip Altman), Oakes Fegley (Young Judd), Tina Fey (Wendy Altman), Jane Fonda (Hillary Altman), Michael Bryan French (Dr. Rausch), Kathryn Hahn (Annie Altman), Cade Lappin (Cole), Aaron Lazar (Barry Weissman), Beth Leavel (Renee), Debra Monk (Linda Callen), Olivia Oguma (Shelby), Timothy Olyphant (Hory Callen), Lance Roberts (Calvin), Ben Schwartz (Rabbi Charles Grodner (Boner)), Carolyn Seiff (Mrs. Applebaum), Dax Shepard (Wade Beaufort), Abigail Spencer (Quinn Altman), Cheryl Stern (Lois), Corey Stoll (Paul Altman), Will Swenson (Younger Mort), Gerry Vichi (Uncle Joe)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification: M




Greg King: You can check out Greg’s This Is Where I Leave You review on www.filmreviews.net.au



David Griffiths:

Jason Bateman has been a bit of a comedic golden path just recently. It seems every comedy film that he has touched has turned to box office gold with the likes of Due Date and Horrible Bosses leading the way. But you can only wonder whether he has gone skidding of that path badly with This Is Where I Leave You a film that manages to pack together a stellar ensemble cast… but forgets that a film just can’t work if you overcrowd it with so many characters that people can’t keep track of who is who.

Based on the hit novel by Jonathan Tropper (who also pens the screenplay here) This Is Where I Leave You sees one of life’s losers Judd Altman’s (Jason Bateman) life take a turn for a new low, when he comes home from work to find his wife in bed with his egotistical boss, Wade (Dax Shepard).

Then life delivers another blow to Judd when he learns that his father has died. While at the funeral Judd and his siblings learn from their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda) that their father’s dying wish was that they all turn back to their Jewish roots and return home to their mother for a week. So soon Judd, Wendy (Tina Fey), Phillip (Adam Driver) and Paul (Corey Stoll) are all back under the roof and digging up painful memories from the past that puts them all on edge. Judd is also faced with the new dilemma of does he finally decide to take a risk in his life and turn his back on his cheating wife and take a chance with his friend from High School Penny Moore (Rose Byrne).

On paper This Is Where I Leave You should be a brilliant film. The all star comedic cast should suggest that this film should glitter with comedy gold while the fact that it is based on a hit novel means the film should have a ready made audience. But perhaps the biggest problem here is that the novel has been adapted for the screen by the same man who penned the novel in the first place, a practice that never really works because an author treats his novel like a baby and never wants to cut a thing out of it. As a result This Is Where I Leave You is a film that has just too many characters and is packed absolutely full of subplots.

The result is an over-long film that loses its audience at times with scenes that don’t need to be there and flat spots that end up overshadowing the good comedic moments such as the boys smoking a joint in the synagogue causing mayhem to ensue. Then there are also the comedy moments that do nothing else but make you groan like Wade’s car being overturned by a bunch of steroid abusing idiots.

The other major problem with having so many characters piled into the film is that it means that no actor really ever gets a chance to shine. Jason Bateman just seems to breeze through this film with no effort whatsoever while people such as Rose Byrne and Connie Britton are completely wasted in roles that could have really been filled by nobodies.

Likewise the comedic skills of Jane Fonda and Tina Fey are completely stunted as the weak script rarely gives them a chance to impress or even get a chuckle out of their audience. Even Timothy Olyphant and Dax Shepard are in stunted roles while Adam Driver manages to buck the trend a little by bringing some skills to the table as he portrays the juvenile yet unhappy playboy, Phillip.

This Is Where I Leave You should have been an interesting comedic drama that explored the world of a family in turmoil. With the cast assembled it should have been a beautifully delivered character drama but all because of one weak script it ends up becoming a bit of a mess. The over indulgence of characters means that nobody ever gets a chance to shine while too many opportunities for a good laugh fall by the wayside. Sadly This Is Where I Leave You will be jotted down as one of the disappointments of 2014.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)


IMDB Rating: This Is Where I Leave You (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘This Is Where I Leave You′: For our full This Is Where I Leave You review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #102 . You can also check Dave’s This Is Where I Leave You review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.


SAG Awards

The 2013 SAG Awards nominations are now in. Here they are:



Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)
  • James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osange County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

  • 12 Years A Slave – Bendict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garrett Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodward
  • American Hustle – Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Pena, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Shea Whigham
  • August: Osange County – Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Meryl Streep, Misty Upham
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Dallas Roberts, Steve Zahn
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jnr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey



Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • Matt Damon (Behind The Candelabra)
  • Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra)
  • Jeremy Irons (The Hollow Crown)
  • Rob Lowe (Killing Kennedy)
  • Al Pacino (Phil Spector)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (Burton And Taylor)
  • Holly Hunter (Top Of The Lake)
  • Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Top Of The Lake)

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
  • Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
  • Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
  • Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)
  • Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes (Homeland)
  • Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
  • Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
  • Kerrry Washington (Scandal)

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
  • Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock)
  • Julia-Louis Dreyfus (Veep)

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Empire – Patricia Arquette, Margot Bignham, Steve Buscemi, Brian Geraghty, Stephen Graham, Erik La Ray Harvey, Jack Huston, Ron Livingstone, Domenick Lombardozzi, Gretchen Mol, Ben Rosenfield, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jacob Ware, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright
  • Breaking Bad – Michael Bowen, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Lavell Crawford, Tait Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, Matthew T. Metzler, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Steven Michael Quezada, Kevin Rankin, Patrick Sane
  • Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Jessica Brown Findlay, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leach, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, Cara Theobold, Penelope Wilton
  • Game Of Thrones – Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Oona Chaplin, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mackenzie Crook, Charles Dance, Joe Dempsie, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glenn, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Paul Kaye, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Ian McElhinney, Philip McGinley, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rehon, Sophie Turner, Carice Van Houten, Maisie Williams
  • Homeland – F. Murray Abraham, Sarita Choudhury, Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Tracy Letts, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morgan Saylor

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

  • 30Rock – Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tracey Morgan, Keith Powell
  • Arrested Development – Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, John Beard, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Isla Fisher, Tony Hale, Ron Howard, Liza Minnelli, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Henry Winkler
  • The Big Bang Theory – Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
  • Modern Family – Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Aubrey Anderson Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O’Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
  • Veep – Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh



Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

  • All Is Lost
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Lone Survivor
  • Rush
  • The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy or Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • The Walking Dead



Summary: Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) stars as René Saavedra, an advertising executive who risks his life by devising a campaign to defeat dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 leadership referendum. Directed by Pablo Larraín, this chapter in recent Chilean history is an absorbing account of one country’s unlikely route from oppression to democracy. Steeped in realism thanks to cinematography shot using period-specific U-matic video cameras, “Mr. Larraín blurs the line between the fiction and the clips from the real ‘No’ campaign woven throughout” (New York Times). The film is based on the play El Plebiscito, written by Antonio Skármeta.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Chile/France/USA

Director: Pablo Larrain

Screenwriter: Pedro Peirano, Antonio Skarmeta (play)

Cast: Cesar Arredondo (himself), Maricarmen Arrigorriaga (herself), Patricio Aylwin (himself), Maria Teresa Bacigalupe (herself), Patricio Banados (himself), Shlomit Baytelman (herself), Gael Garcia Bernal (Rene Saavedra), Carlos Cabezas (Ponce), Nestor Cantillana (Fernando), Alfredo Castro (Lucho Guzman), Carlos Caszely (himself), Jaime de Aguirre (himself), Marco Antonio de la Parra (himself), Richard Dreyfuss (himself), Maria Elena Duvauchelle (herself), Cecilia Echenique (herself), Roberto Farias (Marcelo), Jane Fonda (herself), Juan Forch (himself), Eugenio Garcia (himself), Ana Maria Gazmuri (herself), Luis Gnecco (Jose Tomas Urrutia), Alejandro Goic (Ricardo), Claudio Guzman (himself), Delfina Guzman (herself), Sergio Hernandez (Militar), Consuelo Holzapfel (herself), Luz Jimenez (herself/Kiki Blanche), Julio Jung (himself), Marcela Medel (herself), Gabriela Medina (herself), Maiten Montenegro (herself), Pascal Montero (Simon Saavedra), Paloma Moreno (Fran), Florcita Motuda (himself), Diego Munoz (Carlos), Claudio Narea (himself), Manuela Oyarzun (Sandra), Cristina Parra (herself), Isabel Parra (herself), Javiera Parra (herself), Carmen Maria Pascal (herself), Tati Pena (herself), Augusto Pinochet (himself), Malucha Pinto (herself), lsa Poblete (Carmen), Christopher Reeve (himself), Milena Rojas (herself), Osvaldo Silva (himself), Marcial Tagle (Alberto Arancibia), Eugenio Tironi (himself), Jaime Vadell (Minister Fernandez), Juan Gabriel Valdes (himself), Reinadlo Vallejo (himself), Jorge Yanez (himself), Antonia Zegers (Veronica Carvajal)

Runtime: 117 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘No’ Review: Please check Episode #28 (available 18th April, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for our review of ‘No’.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘No′: Nil

Rating: N/A

IMDB Rating: No (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Annie, Jean, Claude, Albert and Jeanne have been friends for more than 40 years. So when memories let them down, heart rates quicken and their families plot their futures in retirement homes they decide to rebel and all live together. To help make their lives a little easier they hire young student (Daniel Br hl), who is initially a quiet observer but is soon drawn in to the group dynamic. Their new communal lifestyle provides plenty of surprises, challenges and adventure but soon stirs up memories and hidden secrets from years gone by. In order to find happiness together in their golden years the five friends must come to terms with their past, their mistakes, and their limitations. This charming and moving story proves that youthful exuberance and happiness can be found at any age, with a little creative thinking.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 28th November, 2012

Country: France

Director: Stephane Robelin

Screenwriter: Stephane Robelin

Cast: Shemss Audat (Soraya), Guy Bedos (Jean Colin), Daniel Bruhl (Dirk), Geraldine Chaplin (Annie Colin), Caroline Clerc (Madame Rolland), Jane Fonda (Jeanne), Gwendoline Hamon (Sabine), Bernard Malaka (Bernard), Claude Rich (Claude Blanchard), Pierre Richard (Albert), Alexandre Robelin (Hugo), Lili Robelin (Lola), Tom Robelin (Milan), Camino Texeira (Maria)

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification: M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘And If We All Lived Together’ Review:

And If We All Lived Together sees the French produce a racier version of the great The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with differing results. On one hand the film’s characterization makes for a joyful watch, but on the other hand there are several aspects of the film that are a real let down.

Directed by Stephane Robelin (Real Movie, Pile ou Face) sees a group of people who have been friends for over forty years decide to move in together in a bid to look after each other.

Each person is very much an individual despite the fact that they are in the later stages of their life. There is Jeanne (Jane Fonda – Georgia Rule, Monster-In-Law) who is seriously ill and refusing treatment or to tell anyone how sick she is. Then there is her husband, Albert (Pierre Richard – Le Grande Restaurant, Le Mystere) whose dementia makes him extremely difficult to live with.

Then there is the second married couple, Jean (Guy Bedos – Moi Michel G Milliardaire Maitre Du Monde, Survivre Avec Les Loups) and Annie (Geraldine Chaplin – Hostias, O Apostolo) who always seem to be fighting and then making up, they literally seem to disagree on everything.

Last but not least comes Claude (Claude Rich – Final Flourish, Bancs Publics) who despite his age has an insatiably sexual appetite. Keeping them all in line is young university student, Dirk (Daniel Bruhl) who is also studying the group for his thesis.

Some parts of Stephane Robelin’s script are absolutely sensational. The fact that the film is so well written that you instantly fall in love with the characters is a big plus, as is the fact that its willing to tackle some serious social taboos, but And If We All Lived Together never becomes as truly great as it could have been because of a seriously disappointing finale that almost makes you want to scream at the screen.

Also making this a great watch is the fine performance from Jane Fonda who has actually been missing from the big screen for four years now. She leads an amazing ensemble with a performance that is clearly Oscar worthy. Her touching scenes with Daniel Bruhl are one thing that will certainly remain in your memory after you have left the cinema.

This is the kind of film that you will watch once and thoroughly enjoy, but it’s not the kind of film that will you have wanting to watch it over and over. It’s good but with a little bit more work could have been brilliant.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘And If We All Lived Together: http://www.helium.com/items/2348163-movie-reviews-and-if-we-all-lived-together-2011.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: All Together (2011) on IMDb