I am so ready to see what's become of Jonathan Tropper's gorgeous, heartbreaking and hilarious novel, This is Where I Leave You. I plucked a few of Tropper's own words and paired them with images from the film out in theaters September 19th. With any luck some of these notions will make it into the movie; Tropper after all, wrote the screenplay.
Directed by Shawn Levy This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman as Judd Altman (the filmmakers changed the name from Tropper's Foxman), Tina Fey as Wendy, Adam Driver as Phillip and Corey Stoll as Paul with Jane Fonda as Hillary, the widowed matriarch with the enhanced faux cleavage.
The cast also includes Abigail Spencer as Bateman's wife, Rose Byrne as Judd's high school crush, Dax Shepard as Judd's former boss, Wade, Connie Britton as Phillips cougar girlfriend,Timothy Olyphant as Wendy's boy next door, Horry, and Debra Monk as Linda, Horry's mother and Hillary's very, very good friend.
“You never know when it will be the last time you’ll see your father, or kiss your wife, or play with your little brother, but there’s always a last time. If you could remember every last time, you’d never stop grieving.”
"I'd like to call Hillary and her children up to the Bimah now, to say Kaddish for their beloved husband and father, Morton Foxman."
Mom stands first and strides down the aisle in her stiletto heels like it's a runway, garnering appreciative glances from the older men in the crowd, including Peter Applebaum who shamelessly watches her ass the entire way down.
“Childhood feels so permanent, like it’s the entire world, and then one day it’s over and you’re shoveling wet dirt onto your father’s coffin, stunned at the impermanence of everything.”
“Someday she'll get older, and the world will start having its way with her. She'll throw temper tantrums, she'll need therapy, she'll grow breasts and have pimples, she'll fight with her parents, she'll worry about her weight, she'll put out, she'll have her heart broken, she'll be happy, she'll be lonely, she'll be complicated, she'll be confused, she'll be depressed, she'll fall in love and get married, and she'll have a baby of her own. But right now, she is pure and undiminished and beautiful.”
“Wendy taught me to curse, matched my clothing, brushed my hair before school, and let me sleep in bed with her when bad dreams woke me up. She fell in love often, and with great fanfare, throwing herself into each romance with the focus of an Olympic athlete. Now she's a mother and a wife, who tries to get her screaming baby to sleep through the night, tries to stop her boys from learning curse words, and calls romantic love useless. Sometimes it's heartbreaking to see your siblings as the people they've become. Maybe that's why we all stay away from each other as a matter of course.”
“We don’t share our thoughts, we share carefully sanitized, watered-down versions of them, Hollywood adaptations of those thoughts dumbed down for the PG-13 crowd.”
“Phillip is the Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead."
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