Directed by Steve Buscemi


  Buscemi’s third film as a director is a coming-of-age story with a welcome difference, seeing as every other American indie movie these days seems to deal with the plight of the troubled teenager. Jim (Affleck) is a writer already in his late twenties who returns home to his family in the Midwest after failing to make it as a scribe in New York. It’s only now – faced again with his difficult family (over-protective mum, distant dad, suicidal brother) – that Jim slowly (very slowly) begins to crawl out of his melancholic shell. Refreshingly, there’s more lethargy than awakening here, but Jim’s relationship (however stalled) with a local nurse (Tyler) allows for some light at the end of a dark suburban tunnel.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE.


Theatrical Release: January 22nd, 2005 - Sundance Film Festival

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Distribution IFC - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:31:33 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.37 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: IFC

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by director Steve Buscemi and writer James C. Strouse
• "Making of" featurette  (6:03)

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

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Single-layered, anamorphic and progressive DVD that is not outstandingly sharp, but who knows how limited the film production budget was. Bottom line is that there are no major flaws - it looks quite dark, as intended I'm sure, contrast and colors are fine. Audio a little inconsistent but nothing troublesome. There are optional subtitles in English or Spanish.

Supplements include a decent commentary by director Steve Buscemi and writer James C. Strouse. It is quite informative if not totally riveting. A short 'making of' featurette is also included.

I enjoyed the film quite a lot - although I can see it not being everyone cup of tea. The deadpan humor is layered on quite heavily and although its not the laugh-out-loud variety - it is darn amusing. The story is addictive and I kind of wish it went on longer. The performances were intentionally a little wooden and the films pace measured but slow (something interesting was always happening - just nothing dynamic). Not exceptionally unique for the current wave of Indie-realism expressions but this is adept and polished enough to warrant at least one screening. I expect Buscemi will continue maturing and that his repertoire has far more tricks up his sleeve. This film shows strong promise of future efforts - let's hope he and Strouse continue.

Gary W. Tooze


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