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05 Dec, 2014 1 hr 43 mins A
Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Jane Fonda
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Sometimes sappy and sometimes over-the-top, it is mostly enjoyable.
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Full-on family drama

Story: 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.

Review: 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.
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