In a modest house in suburban America, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) lies ill in his bedroom, nursed by his mother Esther (Glen Close). A stone's throw away, Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson), is in the midst of a messy divorce. Meanwhile, after years dedicated to his job, Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney), begins to realise that his family functions just fine without him. Helen Christianson, (Mary Kay Place) is bored by her husband and the banalities of her life. Also, tending to the yard work in the neighbourhood is Randy (Timothy Olyphant), friendly and outgoing on the surface, but harbouring dark secrets that will soon come boiling to the surface.
An average character based drama.
- The Safety of Objects review by CP Customer
I had high hope for this film but it was very much an average character based drama. The film centers around a group of suburban residents, all harbouring deep problems, but hiding their real feelings and family issues under superficial day to day lives. The cast is faultless though the series of individual characters and events never quite come together, and the end result is an awkward messy film which feels muddled and overly long.