This is Where I Leave You is a new Paramount movie, which is set to hit theaters on September 12th, 2014. The family comedy is based off the best selling novel by Jonathan Tropper, and stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver. The four actors play siblings who return to their hometown and sit shiva for a week following their fathers death. Despite their differences, the tragedy ultimately brings the family closer together.
The Foxman family is mourning the loss of their father, and for the first time in a long time they are all getting together. After the funeral, the family must spend a week within the walls they grew up in and sit shiva. Although no one in the Jewish family is particularly devout, their father still regularly attended a synagogue and expressed his desire for them to follow tradition. Each member of the family faces troubles and controversies of their own.
Jason Bateman plays Judd Foxman, a horribly depressed man recently divorced after finding his wife in bed with his boss. Corey Stoll plays Paul, who is desperately trying to conceive a child with his wife, but is having no luck. Adam Driver is Phillip, who is a chronic liar thats causing quite the scandal with his current cougar girlfriend. Tina Fey plays Wendy, their tough sister, and Jane Fonda plays the mother, Hilary Foxman. Rose Byrne also makes an appearance as Judd’s new love interest, Penny.
Jonathan Tropper published the novel This is Where I Leave You in August of 2009. The book was a New York bestseller before Paramount Pictures picked it up for a movie adaptation. Shawn Levy of Date Night (2010), and Night at the Museum (2006) is the director. Jeff Levine and Paula Weinstein produced the film. Although still a ways away from it’s September 12 release date, fans of the author are excited to see his work made into a movie.
This is Where I Leave You will be Jonathan Tropper’s first movie. In 2013, Tropper joined with David Schickler to create the TV series Banshee. The action/crime drama has been very well received, and includes a number of mini series called Banshee Origins. It has been rumored that three of Tropper’s novels will be adapted into films. Tropper’s has written a screenplay of his book One Last Thing Before I Go (2012), which was recently picked up by Paramount. The film will be produced by J.J. Abrams through Bad Robot. It has also been announced that Jonathan Tropper will be working on the new Harvey remake, but a release date has not been included.
The trailer portrays Shawn Levy’s clever comedy directing alongside Jonathan Tropper’s deep emotional writing. The more time the Foxman family has to spend together, the more aware they become of each others flaws, as well as their own. Over time they learn to use each other as a support system to overcome their issues, while collectively getting over their fathers death. This is Where I Leave You will be coming to theaters on September 12th, 2014.
By: Morgan Louchen