This modest film about family values as practiced by a refugee from LA's movie industry has it moments, but lacks the detail and insight that might have made it more than the sum of its parts. Widower Max Fish (Jeff Goldblum) once made movies, but now owns and manages a bookshop in the
New Jersey shore town where he lives with his teenage son, Ed (Rory Cochrane). The father-son relationship is troubled and rather cool. Ed and his high school pal, Smiley (Mitchell Marchand), seem to accept the drug dealing of Smiley's brother Flo (Rocky Carroll) as easily as a grisly series of
local murders. Complicating life further for Ed and Smiley is the emergence of a new psych...