Monday, August 10, 2015

Movie Monday 8/10

Although we have been busy catching up on our favorite TV shows (so many good shows on all at once this summer!), we took a break on Friday evening to watch a movie:

We watched This Is Where I Leave You, a movie I've been dying to see because I loved the book it was based on (same title by author Jonathon Tropper, a favorite of mine) - you can read my book review here. Jason Bateman stars as Judd, a man who is in the midst of a painful divorce and has just lost his job when his sister (played by Tina Fey) calls to tell him their father has died. His last request was that all four siblings sit shiva with their mom (played by Jane Fonda), so the four adults reluctantly settle into their childhood home for seven long days together. They are the definition of dysfunctional, a family known for their emotional distance. As always, they deal with this latest event by trading wise-cracking banter and quips. Judd doesn't tell anyone about his recent set-backs, and he's not the only one in the family hiding secrets.

I was delighted to find that the movie adaptation sticks quite close to the book (with the exception of taking out the birthday cake scene at the beginning which was the BEST!). The tone is perfectly recreated in the movie - both hilariously, laugh-out-loud funny but also warm and thoughtful. It's a very funny, uplifting story about family with an all-star cast, and we both enjoyed it very much.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

If you are also interested in what we've been reading, check out the Monday post at my book blog.

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