Shawn Levy’s dramatic comedy follows four adult siblings who return home after their father’s death to spend a week with their over- sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
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Often enjoyable family dramedy which if one is able to suspend their disbelief in these four actors being siblings can be quite entertaining. We're in the land of television sitcom here but game performances make it work especially with the talents of Bateman, Fey, Stoll and Driver in the leads with able support from Britton and Byrne (adorable). Oscar baiting it isn't but a nice step up the ladder for Levy.
Whatever the reviews, I LOVED THIS! This film is everything you need to see if you need to talk about family, its obscurities, its comedy, its relevance. It's fetching enough from start to finish. You gotta love the cast, and the script. It's not perfect, but you're sure to take away at least some tiny life lessons. We're all for our families. Blood is thicker than water, but that doesn't mean we can't be honest.
Theres is definitely something missing in this film - the characters are interesting, the plot is okay, dialogue is fluid and yet, you finish the story with a 'Meh' feeling. Was disappointed with Fey's story arch and a bit WTF with Fonda's.
Levy hasn't had the best track record so far. So, this definitely accounts as a step up for him. Even so, he had a brilliant cast to work with and I just feel like he didn't take advantage of it. The film has its moments as any typical drama/comedy/family-related plot would, but it is still a bit of a disappointment. And btw, Adam Driver totally stole the show!
Well, the writing gets bogged down in exposition, because at points the directing doesn't feel active enough. But hell, I'm being overly critical and this is a human story of substance with strong acting in a light-hearted drama.
Shawn Levy, of course, is a terrible director. The cast, you know, is just amazing (on paper). The film, as you might have already seen, is dull, boring and just all around a missed opportunity. I have not read the book, but I can't believe the characters were THIS UNDERDEVELOPED on the pages. So cheesy.