Adam Driver's This Is Where I Leave You, a family -drama starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, is now in Netflix's Top Ten just days after being added to the service.
The 2014 Adam Driver Comedy-Drama This Is Where I Leave You arrived on Netflix earlier this March, and it has managed to become extremely popular on the platform. According to streaming tracker FlixPatrol, the film was Netflix’s third-most popular movie in the United States on March 4 and became the most popular movie from March 4 through March 7. The newly-arrived movie beat out all four Hunger Games films, the kids’ movie Turbo, the supernatural comedy R.I.P.D., the musical Burlesque, and the iconic comedy The Hangover.
The film has an all-star cast, with Arrested Development star Jason Bateman, 30 Rock star Tina Fey, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver playing three siblings who reunite after the death of their father. Even though he was an atheist, the father wanted all his children to participate in the week-long Jewish mourning period known as Shiva. The three must spend a week together in the same house, along with others from their life who they haven’t seen for years.
This is Where I Leave You was a successful film when it first came out, but despite the presence of Adam Driver and other top-tier talents, it didn’t exactly set the world on fire with its box office returns. It made $41.3 million in theaters, which is more than double its budget but made it only the 147th top-grossing film of the year. Critics weren’t exactly blown away by the film either, as it received only a 44% score on RottenTomatoes.
While Adam Driver had been an actor for five years before appearing in This is Where I Leave You, it came out one year before he appeared as Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, the role that really cemented him as a movie star. However, 2014 really was the year that Driver came into his own, having major supporting roles in the comedy While We’re Young and What If that same year. He also played the starring role in the Italian drama Hungry Hearts.
Before 2014, Adam Driver had roles in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, but he was most well-known for his Emmy-nominated role as Adam Sackler in the HBO comedy-drama series Girls. Before then, he was primarily a stage actor, appearing in a 2010 broadway production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession and a broadway production of Man and Boy the next year.
While the Star Wars sequel trilogy had its share of critics, it led to an explosion of parts for Adam Driver. After The Force Awakens came out, Driver found himself starring in 15 other, non-Star Wars films, including Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, and Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. He also appeared in the final version of the much-beleaguered production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Unsurprisingly, Adam Driver has several more movies coming down the pipeline. He will portray Enzo Ferrari in the biographical film Ferrari and will also appear in Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming Sci-Fi film Megalopolis.