This Is Where I Leave You is Shawn Levy's best film to date. Shawn Levy, the film's director, has two films being released this year. This, of course, and Night At The Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb in December, which I'll be watching just because of Robin Williams. It won't surprise me if I enjoy this one more, especially since the other one is what it is. Anyway, other than these two films, Levy's filmography is fairly mixed. He's got films such as The Internship, which admittedly I enjoy, The Pink Panther and Real Steel, which I also like. So when I say that this is his best film, and certainly his best directing effort, that's not saying too much.
It's just a very funny movie! That's the only way to put it. It's full of charm, heart and humour, all done in an excellent and enjoyable way. These characters are like magnets, they're made from the same thing, but they just repel off of one another. You know the outcome, but the journey there is what we're here to see and said journey is damn fun. The dialogue is so full of banter, reminiscing and love that you'll leave the theatre feeling as if you're a part of their family, which I suppose is the highest praise I can give this movie.
To sum up, This Is Where I Leave You is a fairly conventional and predictable movie with yet another annoying performance from Kathryn Hahn, but if you look past that then the film is just very funny, enjoyable, well acted and directed.