This Is Where I Leave You has landed on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download and we cannot think of a finer time for it to arrive. With the holidays upon us, families across the world will be gathering and no movie nails the modern family of 2014 quite like the Tina Fey and Jason Bateman comedy.
Bateman and Fey are just two of four siblings (Adam Driver and Corey Stoll are the others) who have to head home when the family patriarch passes away. They want to be there for their mother (Jane Fonda), but her plans for memorializing their father seem a bit off. Apparently, his dying wish was that the family would sit Shiva, the Jewish tradition to sit in the house together for one week mourning the lost love one. Friends and family come visit and bring food and the like and share memories.
Only, this family was not Jewish. And that is just the first of many jokes that completely and utterly work.
Forcing this dysfunctional family to sit together (as seen in the This Is Where I Leave You trailer) provides a landscape for dozens of jokes and also a whole lot of heart.
Our theatrical This Is Where I Leave You review could not rave enough about the pairing of Fey and Bateman as two of the most put together of the siblings. Their chemistry is palpable, but what is so fascinating is they project the image of being well put together, but inside are just as much a mess as everyone else gathered to pay homage to the patriarch.
Driver also is quite the presence and we cannot wait to see him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also, Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) is at the helm and gives us his most personal movie to date.
When it comes to bonus features, the two-part The Narrative Voice is our favorite. The first part is an in-depth conversation with Shawn Levy and the writer of the novel and the screenplay, Jonathan Tropper. Getting the visionary’s take on the film is utterly priceless and adds so much insight into the film. You can’t not watch the movie with their audio commentary after that with The Narrative Voice: A Commentary with Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper.
If there is one person who steals every scene they’re in, it’s Ben Schwartz as Rabbi Grodner. As you quickly learn in the film, the kids nicknamed him Boner back in the day and now with his leading their Shiva as a full fledged Rabbi, it’s only natural that they call him Rabbi Boner, which of course -- he loves!
Therefore, also a must-see on the This Is Where I Leave You DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download is the featurette The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner. It only leaves us with one question: When will we get a Rabbi Boner solo movie?!