Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
A star-studded cast doesn’t guarantee a good movie, but it definitely doesn’t hurt. Especially when the stars in question include the likes of Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, and Rose Byrne.
Directed by Shawn Levy, This Is Where I Leave You centers on the Altman family, who come together for their father’s funeral. Which sounds like somber stuff on paper, but — as you might’ve guessed from the cast — This Is Where I Leave You plays out as a bittersweet comedy. See the first This Is Where I Look image after the jump.
In case the big fat watermark didn’t make it obvious, the image below comes to us from EW.
Fey, Stoll, Bateman, and Driver play the dead man’s children, each of whom are dealing with issues of their own; Jane Fonda is their mother. Aaron Lazar is Fey’s husband, Kathryn Hahn is Stoll’s wife, and Britton is Driver’s therapist/girlfriend. Bateman is the lone single Altman kid because his wife just left him for his boss.
Rounding out the cast are the clan’s friends and neighbors. Byrne is Bateman’s childhood crush, Olyphant is Fey’s high school boyfriend, Debra Monk is Olyphant’s mom, and Ben Schwartz is the Altmans’ rabbi. Not pictured are Dax Shepard and Abigail Spencer. The very last guy on the right is Levy, the director.
The various tensions and connections running through the Altman house seem like they’d be better fodder for a TV miniseries than a movie, frankly, especially considering how many of these actors have notable TV roots. But if two hours with this gang is all we get, we’ll gladly take it.
This Is Where I Leave You premieres September 12.
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