Directed by Mitchell Lichenstein. 2009.
drama stars Parker Posey (Scream 3, You’ve Got Mail, Blade, Trinity,
Superman Returns); Demi Moore (A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal,
Disclosure); Rip Torn (Men in Black II, The Man Who Fell to Earth) and
Ellen Barkin (The Big Easy, Sea of Love, Switch).
Laura is the
responsible one who wants to provide Joe with fulltime care, whilst the
more carefree Jayne ignores his worsing condition. As they try to sort
out this situation they have to come to terms with their various
recollections of their childhood and the way their own lives are
certainly some very surreal touches to this film, that jerk you from
the usual expectations of this type of homecoming story. Joe even has a
girlfriend, Shelley (Ellen Birken). She openly admits that she is with
him for anything he can offer, and goes out at night to work as a
'nurse'. Birken shines as this mad minx of a woman who who is
uncomplicated and unconcerned by the fears and memories of Joe's
It is a
fascinating story of the complexities and twists of family life, that
eventually turn into quite literally 'happy tears'. It might not have
been a hit at the box office but it does show that Demi Moore can act.
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