SallyAlbright September 18, 2014 Share September 18, 2014 Opens 9/19, based on Jonathan Tropper's 2009 bestseller. Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton and Dax Shepard. Decided to open this since I saw an advanced screening. I absolutely loved the book, I think it's hilarious and would recommend it to anyone. However, I think I would have liked the film better had I not read the book. On its own, the film is a decently enjoyable dysfunctional family dramedy, in the same vein as The Family Stone. However, as a fan of the book, I was a bit disappointed. The cast is amazing: Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne and Connie Britton were standouts, but everyone was solid. That was perhaps the most disappointing part, because some brilliant actors were kind of wasted. Poor Corey Stoll barely has anything to do and there was way too much Adam Driver for my liking. It seems as though they beefed up Philip (Driver)'s role at the expense of Paul (Stoll) and I would have much rather had it be the other way around. All in all, not a bad movie, but not as good as the book. Definitely has some funny moments and Bateman and Fey in particular are very believable as bickering siblings. Rose Byrne is adorable as always and makes the most of her screentime. Connie Britton and Timothy Olyphant take rather small roles and make them very affecting. Finally, having Jean Ralphio from Parks and Rec (Ben Schwartz) as the rabbi also deserves a mention, just because he's awesome. 2 Link to comment
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