This Is Where I Leave You


This 2014 movie is not great, but it has an important message: Life is not perfect. It should not be perfect. It is unpredictable and complicated.

When their father passes away, four grown siblings bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof. To get them to stay for longer than the funeral, their mother (played by Jane Fonda)  comes up with the idea of sitting shiva (Hebrew for seven days). They wouldn’t have stayed otherwise. Not only did she need them around; they needed each other, even if they didn’t know it.

(“If you don’t take the time to properly mourn your father, you’re going to regret it”;

” If you can’t tell  your family, then who?”;

“It’s been a long time since we told each other anything. We’re out of practise”;

“You have each other. I think that’s great. No matter what”;

“Your father loved you. Not what you did. As far as he was concerned, the sun always rose and set with the children”;

“Anything can happen. Anything can happen all the time”;

“No one is happy. Everyone is sad or angry. Love causes cancer. But it’s still love. It has its moments.”)

The core of the story is about the family.It’s about letting go of old love, finding new love, and finding the warmth within the family again.



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