CS Video: Director Shawn Levy Breaks Away from the Norm with This is Where I Leave You


An ensemble dramedy about a dysfunctional family who has never quite gotten along but who are forced to live under one roof when their father dies might not seem like the kind of movie one would expect from the director of The Pink Panther, Real Steel and the “Night at the Museum” movies. But indeed, it’s Shawn Levy’s name in the director’s credit for This is Where I Leave You, based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper (who also adapted it for the screen), and it is indeed the same Shawn Levy who earned his reputation in Hollywood with a number of hit family comedies.

This is Where I Leave You brings together an impressive cast that includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey (who Levy directed in Date Night), Adam Driver (“Girls”), Corey Stoll (“The Strain”), Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn and more as it follows the in-fighting amongst the Altman family when they’re reunited and have to face their long-standing issues once and for all.

ComingSoon.net spent some time talking to Levy at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Levy’s film had been brought by Warner Bros. for its world premiere, and he told us what was involved with wrangling such a big cast into one place, as well as talking about some of his upcoming projects, which you may have already read about here.

This is Where I Leave You opens across North America on Friday, September 19.