Following up on her 1998 opus Bedrooms and Hallways, Rose Troche directs this ensemble film about suburbia and its discontents. Once an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) now lies in a coma, attentively nursed by his mother Esther (Glenn Close), who dotes on her son to the exclusion of her husband and her daughter Julie (Jessica Campbell). Meanwhile, Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) is a workaholic lawyer who is closer to his tortes than to his spouse Susan (Moira Kelly). Their son Jake has taken a morbid fascination with his sister's foot-high girl doll. At the same time, Paul's former lover Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson) is trying to pull her life and her family back together after a particularly brutal divorce. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 121min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/2003
- DVD Release Date: 10/14/2003
- Distributor(s): Paramount
- Themes: Mothers and Daughters,Mothers and Sons,Crumbling Marriages,Suburban Dysfunction
- Tone: Downbeat,Poignant,Tense,Understated
car-crash, community, divorce, doll, family, guilt, suburbs
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (03-07-2003)