Have you ever been to a dine-in theater? On Friday night, we went to see “This Is Where I Leave You,” which I’d read a little while back, at the AMC Dine-In Theater in Marina Del Rey. I’ll be honest guys– I was pretty excited.
My boyfriend is usually more of an action-packed movie kinda guy (surprise, surprise), while I tend to love dramatic, heart-wrenching stories that make you exclaim out loud at the TV in frustration when the lead character decides to abandon her marriage for some guy who doesn’t mean anything. (Anyone see that Parenthood premier? Let’s talk).
So back to the theater– I was really excited because, not only would we be watching a movie that I’d really been looking forward to, we were watching from ultra-comfortable, reclining seats, with cocktails in our hands.
And when they say that the seats are comfortable, they mean it. You have several buttons at your disposal: One for requesting the attention of a server, for more cocktails, popcorn, food or dessert, and two for adjusting the incline of your seat.
I have a brilliant idea. Let’s install seats like this on the airplanes! I promise every passenger would be a whole lot more amiable.
We’d already had dinner by the time the movie started, so instead we went for a waffle sundae with candied bacon and caramel. Just to keep it light, you know.
I sipped on mint tea (my autumn-winter obsession!) and my boyfriend kicked back with a mojito, which was surprisingly delicious! In all truth, the sundae was pretty sweet. A little overly sweet. I’d recommend coming for the incredible seats, and ordering yourself some popcorn and drinks. Leave the dinner and dessert for another time.
A few thoughts on “This Is Where I Leave You”…
- The book is just so, so heartfelt and relatable, in part because you really get to know the characters. Of course, some of their backstory, details and thoughts had to be taken out of the movie, so a bit of that connection is lost.
- Across the board, I really loved the casting. Jane Fonda was hilarious, Adam Driver was a perfect mix of weird and attractive, and Rose Byrne was exactly what I’d pictured for Penny. I love when that happens in a film!
- Because the book is, more than anything, a character study, the movie felt a bit slow. I enjoyed it and certainly wasn’t counting down the minutes, but if you’re prone to getting antsy during a film, this one might be good to see on DVD.
- There were moments in the book that made me laugh out loud, and I was surprised that they really translated well into film. Though the premise of this film is pretty sad, the movie, overall, had a lighthearted feeling to it.
Let me know if you end up seeing the movie– I’d love to hear your thoughts!