Lonesome Jim Poster

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

R|1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary
After failing to find success as a writer in New York City, Jim (Casey Affleck) slinks back to his family's home in the Midwest to lick his wounds. But his visit is quickly complicated when his angst spreads to his brother, Tim (Kevin Corrigan), who promptly decides to drive his car straight into a tree. Under the shadow of his sibling's injurious actions, Jim strikes up an unlikely friendship with Anika (Liv Tyler), whose centered small-town wisdom gradually rubs off on him.

Cast: Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place, Seymour Cassel, Kevin Corrigan, Jack Rovello, Mark Boone Junior, Rachel Strouse

Director: Steve Buscemi

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Plum Pictures

Keywords: Girlfriend, New York City, Offbeat, Brother, Fall, Family, Rise, 2000s, Emotional, Transformation, Amusing

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  • In sad-sack movies there is often a helpful woman around to help the despairing heroes. In "Garden State," it was Natalie Portman; in "Elizabethtown," Kirsten Dunst. Both were salvation angels, but Tyler has a gentle approach to this kind of role that is perfect for the tone of Lonesome Jim. show more

  • Buscemi does not act in Lonesome Jim, but his sly humor and keen eye for nuance resonate in every frame. I can't recall having a better time at a movie about depression. show more

  • Under Buscemi's overall smart direction, the acting is terrific. show more

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