Judd Altman (wonderfully played by Jason Bateman) surprises his wife with a birthday cake. Because life is complicated, he was the one surprised when he caught his boss and wife screwing in the bedroom. So much for that marriage….and job.
When the family gathers for Dad’s funeral, the mother, Hilary (Jane Fonda) announces that dear old atheist-Jewish dad wanted the family to sit in Shiva for the required 7 days. After complaining, they did, and what happens in that 7 day period is the basis of this much better than expected movie.
While sitting Shiva, “This is Where I Leave You” explores the trials and tribulations of each of the family members. Judd is leaving his cheating wife and reconnects with an old love, Penny (Rose Byrne). Wendy is in an unhappy marriage and still loves her injured ex-boyfriend, neighbor Horry (Timothy Olyphant). Hilary misses her husbands gargantuan penis, but, has a secret and a new set of boobs. Philip (played marvelously by Adam Driver) is the carefree, goofy loser, while Paul (Corey Stoll) and his wife can’t conceive.
We were the only ones who laughed–I guess growing up in NY has it’s advantages–at this line delivered by Fey as she questions the validity of this 7 day adventure: “We are sitting Shiva where we put the Christmas tree”. Classic !
Drive Safe! Never Forget.