When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
Robert Downey Jr.,
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
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 together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide-driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves. Written by
The plot concerns a family "sitting Shiva," which means that they are participating in the ritual for how a Jewish family conducts itself during the first week of mourning after a loved one dies. During that time, the relatives of the deceased (his or her parents, children, siblings, and spouse) gather daily at one house and receive visitors who offer condolences (and often food). The mirrors are covered, and mourners sit on low chairs and periodically participate in the recitation of specific prayers for remembrance; tradition stipulates that condolence visitors should allow mourners to speak first so that the visitors do not say something inadvertently inappropriate to the bereaved. The Hebrew word "shiva" literally means seven, the number of days the observance lasts. See more »
When Judd falls on ice, he is right at the margin of the skate place but in the next shot he appears far from the margin, near the middle of the skate area. See more »
It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.
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Like eavesdropping on someone else's shrink session.
When Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), working as a producer for Bolt Satellite Radio's popular host Wade (Dax Shepard), arrives home on his wife Quinn's (Abigail Spencer) birthday to find her in bed with his boss, he's immediately and understandably distraught. As he finds a new place to crash and lets the days pass, ignoring frequent calls from Quinn, he receives more bad news from his sister Wendy (Tina Fey): their father has passed away. Forced to return to his childhood home where his eccentric mother Hillary (Jane Fonda) grieves, Judd is in for an unpleasant shock as his family and friends gather for a weeklong shivah (a formal Jewish mourning), consisting of no work and no travel
and he's assigned temporary residency in a poorly lit, hazardously
Hillary penned the book "Cradle and All: The Study of the New Family," which described in excruciating detail the private adolescent routines of the Altman children. The eldest, Paul (Corey Stoll), contends with keeping up the family store, while his wife Annie (Kathryn Hahn) is overly desperate to have a child; Philip (Adam Driver), the youngest, is the black sheep, focused on entrepreneurial activities (currently, part of an alternative fuel think tank in D.C.) that never amount to much, and is dating much older therapist Tracy (Connie Britton), who knows she's too good for a brash fling; and Wendy, though married to Barry (Aaron Lazar) and caring for two toddlers, can't shake feelings she had for neighbor Horry (Timothy Olyphant), a man with a brain injury that occurred long ago when they dated. If all of the Altmans' relationship problems (on top of his father's death) weren't enough for Judd to cope with, he also repeatedly runs into Penny (Rose Byrne), the girl who had a crush on him while growing up in the sleepy town.
Judd's present existence is so cataclysmically screwed up, it makes it difficult to interact comfortably with people from his past. Not only does he worry about how things will turn out with Quinn, he also manages depressing meditations on hindsight, remembrance, nostalgia, mistakes, lies, underachievement, and the loss of love. The mood is dreary and the plot formulaic, even with a couple of additional complications thrown in for futile comic relief. Are all of Judd's interplays about therapeutic candidness? Or the importance of family? Or that life is supposed to be messy and complicated? Or are they all just random, melancholy happenings during an ordinary week of dysfunctional sibling rivalries, pettiness, and bickering as they're crammed together under one roof?
In the end, it seems as if the audience is eavesdropping on someone else's shrink session, where humor is supposed to be derived from a baby flinging feces, Hillary's oversized breasts peeking through a nightgown, the trading of embarrassing schoolyard stories, verbal outbursts, and off-color sexual commentary. Something unexpected is always about to happen, but then doesn't; downward spirals never explode into maddening moments of originality and jokes flounder. The number of incidents of infidelity and broken hearts are at a high; several of the characters are high on marijuana (during a scene in which the actors are clearly having more fun than viewers will have witnessing it); and high hopes are dashed as the film draws to a close without any genuinely moving revelations or connections. Apologies, forgiveness, and reconciliations occur exactly as anticipated, but the usually comedic cast is disappointingly wasted.
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