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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Families come with all sorts of dysfunction and uncomfortable shared histories, but they don't have to destroy relationships.
Positive Role Models
Nearly every single member of the Altman family is damaged or flawed in some way. Some are inconsiderate and immature, others are indiscreet, and at least one doesn't share much about his personal life with the rest of the family. Nonetheless, it's clear how much they care for each other, and that they're always watching one another's backs. Of all the characters, Judd is someone viewers are most likely to come away from the film feeling good about. He's got a lot to deal with, but he's going to take some time to find himself.
Violence & Scariness
A woman punches a man. Brothers tussle, and one ends up with a cut on his forehead. They also chase each other in anger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man has energetic sex with someone else's wife; they're caught (after being observed for a few seconds), and viewers see both of them naked from behind. Some sexual sounds are heard over a baby monitor by a big crowd of people. Some kissing and scenes of couples in bed before and after implied sex, under the covers with shoulders bared. A character's boob job is a subject of conversation/jokes throughout the movie. Jokes about a character whose childhood nickname was "Boner." Lots of talk about the sex life of a couple trying to conceive. References to masturbation, first-date sex in a car, and more.
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Strong language isn't constant but includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "whore," and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Brands seen/mentioned include Toyota, iPhone, Adidas, VTech, TicTac, Jeep, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters take shots of hard liquor and drink beer and wine at all hours of the day. Some drink to the point of inebriation. One character references Xanax; a group of guys smokes weed in a synagogue classroom -- it's presented as harmless fun.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Is Where I Leave You -- based on Jonathan Topper's novel and starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda -- is a hilarious, emotional dramedy about coming home and finding yourself, sometimes at a place where you didn't expect to do so. Though it's funny, it explores some serious themes, including miscarriage, infidelity, and death. Characters grapple, often inelegantly, with very complicated issues that may be over the head of tweens and younger teens. They also swear a lot, sometimes in front of children (including "s--t" and "f--k"), drink socially (sometimes getting wasted), and smoke weed without many real consequences. There's a fair bit of sex talk/jokes related to things like crude nicknames and boob jobs; a couple having an affair is caught in the act, and they're both seen naked from behind. Other pairs are shown in bed before/after sex, and one couple's amorous interlude is overheard via a baby monitor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the cast alone, This Is Where I Leave You is a winner. Nearly every single name in the credits -- topped, of course by Fonda, who's enchanting --brings weight to the movie. See it just to watch them create, with much success, a dysfunctional family that functions with deep love and respect for one another -- a motley, hobbled crew we can all love.
Beyond that, though, you'll be working more with bits of pleasure and enjoyment than with a film that's appealing as a whole. It's funny, yes, though sometimes the laughs come at the expense of originality. And it's moving, though the insight arrives bundled with a helping of treacle. At least the story itself is offbeat. But truly, the best reason to see This Is Where I Leave You is that it leaves you thinking just enough about your own family's quirks and secrets to appreciate its authentic, if sometimes obvious, takeaways. And that cast! But we've mentioned that already.
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