Zac Efron, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, and Leslie Mann are all in negotiations to star in the new movie, This Is Where I Leave You, an adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper comic novel about four siblings who come home to ‘sit shiva’ for their deceased father. Some of you may be aware that sitting ‘shiva’ is a Jewish tradition where close family members sit at home, usually in the family home, for seven days after a death in the family. Not ever a funny situation, but this time it has been turned into a comic novel and now a film. It is being directed by Adam Shankman, who just finished Rock of Ages, and is reportedly attracting a lot of interest from celebrities who want to be involved in the project. What do you think of this casting or concept for a film?
As someone from the Jewish faith, I’m not sure how I feel about this concept for a movie. In some ways, I can totally see the plot working and the making for some real hilarity. C’mon siblings stuck in a house for 7 days with a whole horde of skeletons coming out. I’m also conscious of it being borderline inappropriate though because ‘sitting shiva’ is a very serious concept. The funny thing here though is the casting. Zac Efron, Jason Bateman and Leslie Mann as the new Jewish family? LOL, it’s pretty funny. Zac Efron, a Jew? I’m picturing Jewish Yiddishe mothers around the world trying to match make their children with him in any way they can. I’m actually pretty fascinated by this movie and the cast… what do y’all think???