ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Funny as hell does not even begin to describe this treasure! With an awesome combination of funny wit and serious situations, this film reminds us that in every family there are bumps in the road, but at the end of the day you still love each other with everything you've got. The story picks up with brother Judd (Jason Bateman) coming home and discovering that his wife has been having an affair with his boss for over a year. Judd moves out, but not long after find out that his father died, and has to go to his family home. When he, and his sibling arrive they soon find out they are not just having a funeral, but also to honor what is supposedly their father's final wish; go through the Jewish tradition of shiva. With all four siblings under one roof, along with their mother, Hillary (Jane Fonda), many past emotional wounds are exposed, as well as helping each other heal present scars in their present lives, and the loss of their father. Incredible story, absolutely flawless acting on behalf of both Bateman and Fonda, and a surprisingly realistic ending that leaves you both happy, and sad for some of the characters in the story. The only real complaint that I have is that way too much of the story was revealed in the trailer, and while there were still a few surprises in the film itself, it would have nice if some of it was still concealed before seeing the film. Rib-achingly funny, go check it out.


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