This Is Where I Leave You Thursday, 09 July 2020

This Is Where I Leave You

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sex scene, sexual references, drug use, coarse language and mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Skating on thin ice.

  • Starring:

    Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer

  • Directed by:

    Shawn Levy

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, wrestled, slammed against the wall, electrocuted, pushed/shoved, tackled, nipple-pinched. Broken glass, smashed crockery, property damage. Car flipped over, man trips over. Dad falling off roof mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Object protruding from skin. Handling a corpse. Bloody cut, bloody nose, injured hand.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple have bedroom sex. Nude couple (side view, rear view), half-nude boy (genitals seen). Kissing (male-female; female-female), flirting, bum-grabbing, undressing. Infidelity. Shirtless man in shower, towel. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Sexual-themed banter and discussion.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People share marijuana joints. Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer, shots). Smoking (marijuana, tobacco). Drug-induced behaviour. A man consumes aspirin pills. Growing weed, popping Xanax, cannabis, drug addict, drinking all day, booze, bourbon, whiskey mentioned. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Slang and actual terms for genitals. Jokes about homosexuals, disability (deaf children), religion. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Family, siblings, relationships, death, grief, infidelity, awkward silences, pregnancy, engagement, forgiveness, therapy, brain damage, regret, divorce, ice-skating, miscarriage, dysfunction, oversharing, reunions.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father/husband, cheating wife/boss. Infidelity, miscarriage discussed. Hospital, cemetery, funeral, church, synagogue, bar settings. Faeces, vomiting. Power blackouts. Based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Funny, audience-friendly, strong, slick, mainstream, real, engaging, solid, naughty, potty-mouthed. Expert cast, supportive score, handsome visuals, humanistic tone, good balance between comedy and drama, natural humour.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic, overstuffed, overwritten, busy, unsubtle, airless, contrived, vacuous, vulgar, unmoving. Clunky direction, tidy ending, relentless sexual references, smarmy script.

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