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Times of India
Full-on family drama
When he returns home early to surprise his wife Quinn (Spencer) on her birthday, Judd Altman (Bateman) finds himself getting a rude shock. He walks in on her bonking his boss. Later, he gets a call from his sister Wendy (Fey) informing him that their father has just passed away. A 'mourning reunion' follows, showcasing an almost perfectly dysfunctional family.
Life couldn't get much lousier for Judd. Cheating wife aside, he no longer has a job and his father, always a comforting factor in his life, is now no more.
Judd wearily accepts a dank basement bedroom at the family home, which will be his refuge for the seven days of mourning that his mother Hillary has gathered them together for. Hillary is just plain embarrassing. She openly discusses matters that should best be left in the boudoir and everyone's a bit shocked that she's had breast augmentation done. The sincere and spunky Wendy has inherited her mom's trait of not knowing when to stop talking. She gets drunk one day and forces Judd to come clean about his marital woes.
Judd, for the most part, gets along fairly well with his brothers Philip (Driver) and Paul (Stroll) but all agree that Philip is essentially an overgrown teen. So, when Philip shows up at the family home with a woman who is way older than him (but loaded), the rest have a collective 'facepalm' moment.
Paul and his wife are struggling to have a baby. Judd develops feelings for a past flame Penny (Byrne) but when Quinn shows up one day and tells Judd she's expecting their baby, things get further complicated.
In short, almost everything that can go wonky with a family goes wonky and the seams that hold them together are severely tested. Given the talented star cast, the film could have tapped more of an emotional vein, which is the essence of the story - the interplay of complex emotions in a family awkwardly lumped together for seven days. Sometimes sappy and sometimes over-the-top, it is mostly enjoyable.
The film was earlier slated to be directed by Adam Shankman and Zac Efron, Malin Akerman, Leslie Mann, Jason Sudeikis and Goldie Hawn were cast in lead roles with Jason Bateman.
The novel by Jonathan Tropper, from which the film has been adapted, mentions Jane Fonda. In the film, the real Jane Fonda plays the lead character Judd's mother.
The film makes references to the Jewish tradition of 'Sitting Shiva.'
This is director Shawn Levy's first R-rated film.
The novel mentions the surname of the mourning family as Foxman, however, in the film the name had to be changed to Altman due to legal issues.
Corey Stall, who plays the eldest Altman sibling is in real life younger thCorey Stall, who plays the eldest Altman sibling is in real life younger than Jason Bateman and Tina Fey who play his younger siblings in the film. an Jason Bateman and Tina Fey who play his younger siblings in the film.
In the scene where Wendy and Judd are seen sipping wine on the roof, the amount of wine in Wendy's glass keeps fluctuating despite the fact that she is never shown refilling and the bottle is with Judd.
Judd gets knocked off while fixing the circuit breaker and his hair is wet but when his mother wakes him up, his hair is dry.
While Alice reveals a syringe to Judd, indicating that she is taking injectable fertility medicine, she also maintains that her husband wasn't ever tested for fertility issues. Fertility medication is only prescribed after a thorough examination of the couple.
The sonogram reveals the foetus' gender as a girl when Quinn was just three months pregnant. The sex of the baby cannot be determined until at least four months into a pregnancy.
When Wendy calls Judd, his phone shows the 'slide to unlock' feature on the screen. Had Judd answered the call, this feature wouldn't have been visible.
Penny's shirt is already wet when she moves to lie down on the ice with Judd probably from the previous few takes.
Judd Altman works in a radio station and his boss is Wade who is also the resident celebrity RJ. It is his wife's birthday and he asks his secretary to help him pack up early so that he can go back home by 3pm and surprise his wife Quinn with a birthday cake. So he gets done with work and heads back with a birthday cake, candles lit et al, only to hear sounds of her moaning as she approaches their bedroom. It turns out that his boss is having sex with his wife.
Inconsolable, he leaves her and moves elsewhere. His wife tries to call him but he doesn't take her call. Meanwhile, his sister Wendy telephones him and tells him that their father has just passed away. The four siblings (Judd, Wendy, Philip and Paul) gather at their parents' house where their mother Hilary tells them that they have to observe the Jewish ritual of Shiva, which was their father's last wish. This means that they all have to sit on special low-seated chairs every day and pray together as a family.
None of them however, can stand spending time in so much close proximity. Philip and his wife Annie are desperate to have a baby. What's more, the situation is delicate because Judd used to date Annie in the past before they got married. Wendy married a busy corporate honcho who seemingly loves his job more than he loves her. She still has the hots for their neighbour Horry who has permanent brain damage thanks to a car accident long ago in which both of them were in the car. Wendy survived but Horry has dementia-like episodes. Philip is an overgrown teen. He is mischevious, brash and has no tact. He arrives at the wake with an elderly fiance who their mom says is closer in age to her than she is to Philip. Hilary Altman however, is quite a piece of work. She has just got a boob job done and is very candid about all things related to sex including her sex life with her late husband. She blurts out these awkward details at the most inappropriate of times, such as when they have solemn family gatherings.
As the seven days wear on, different side-dramas begin to unfold. Judd meets an old flame of his, Penny, and sparks ignite. His sister Wendy predicts that the two will have sex soon enough. According to their late father's will, the majority of their family business is to go to Paul, with the rest shared between the other siblings. Philip doesn't like being called incompetent by Paul and Paul retaliates by saying that he has hooked up with Tracy only because she is rich. The Porsche that she has gifted him is material evidence of that. The two get into a fight but are separated.
Meanwhile, Judd's wife Quinn pays him a surprise visit and tells him that she pregnant and the baby is his. Wade, she says, was sterile and hence, his sperm couldn't have fertilized her egg. Coping with an information overload, Judd ends up at Penny's doorstep. She is like a ray of light in the darkness that surrounds him. They two end up making love and fall for each other.
However, when Quinn phones Judd later on and tells him that she is bleeding, he dials for an ambulance and rushes to meet her. This hurts Penny. When Judd visits Quinn, Wade too enters her hospital room and the two have a showdown. Wendy and Philip who are also around get involved and everyone is thrown out of the hospital except of course, Quinn. Judd accepts that he will co-parent the baby but will not get back with Quinn. Before the family disbands after their seven days of mourning are up, it is revealed that Hilary is a lesbian - she found solace and comfort in the arms of her neighbour during the time when she was caring for her dying husband. Towards the end, the family says their respective goodbyes and Judd meets Penny and tells her that he is definitely going to be in touch. As the film ends, we see Judd driving off, taking a detour into Maine, a place that he always wanted to visit but never got around to doing - until now.