strained family relationships
mourning of the dead in the Bible
shiva/shivah (in Judaism) = a period of seven days’ formal mourning for the dead of close relations, beginning immediately after the funeral
death in the Bible
GAY—What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?
What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.
|Featuring:||Jason Bateman … Judd Altman
Tina Fey … Wendy Altman
Jane Fonda … Hillary Altman
Adam Driver … Phillip Altman
Rose Byrne … Penny Moore
Corey Stoll … Paul Altman
Kathryn Hahn … Alice Altman
Connie Britton … Tracy Sullivan
Timothy Olyphant … Horry Callen
Dax Shepard … Wade Beaufort
|Director:||Shawn Levy—“Real Steel” (2011), “Night at the Museum” (2006)|
|Producer:||21 Laps Entertainment
Spring Creek Productions
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A Jewish family that isn't used to observing their faith's traditions is forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit Shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems.
Based on the novel This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper which is described as follows:
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family-including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister-have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.
Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.”
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
…forced …All-star cast, but a contrived family… Between the layers of infidelity, cancer, brain damage and pregnancy, there are the supposedly hilarious oversized breast implants, a toddler with a potty chair and a rabbi named “Boner.”… [2/4]
—Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
…It is wildly inappropriate. Everything—and really, I do mean everything—about this movie is based on sex. …
—Susan Ellingburg, Crosswalk
…it's set-up, joke, set-up, joke. The applause lines even have space around them, dead air there for you to fill, as the director pauses — hopefully — for your laugh. It's everything that goes into a movie, except the movie. …Not only does it feel like a trailer; if you've seen the trailer, you've already really seen the movie. …
—Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
…limp, lukewarm dramedy …Although the ratio of comedy to drama becomes increasingly weighted toward tearjerking, few of the emotional moments are realistic or effective. …
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
…faintly preposterous with its network-TV notion of a dysfunctional family—and nobody, not nobody, in real life talks about their feelings this much outside of a therapist’s couch . …
—Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle
…“This Is Where I Leave You” is the rare film that improves as it goes along, even gaining some emotional traction as one character reveals a surprise pregnancy and, yes, another comes out of the closet to the astonished family. … [3/4]
—Lou Lumenick, New York Post
…has too many characters and often becomes a sex farce… strong humanist references, a brief pro-homosexual subplot, lots of foul language, and other strong crude content…
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide
… a lot of sexual sleaze paired with harsh profanity… There’s no fun at all in this dysfunction. …
—Adam R. Holz, Plugged In