Newman returned to the director's chair for the first time in 12 years with this one. He also coproduced and cowrote the script, and played the lead. As a middle-aged construction worker, Harry (Newman) is laid off when he temporarily loses his sight, leaving him more time to sit around
his house feeling bitter and sorry for himself--and to hassle his son, Benson, who dreams of being a writer but generally lacks ambition, at least in Newman's eyes. Most of the film concerns their confrontations. Benson takes a couple of jobs, neither of which he likes, and tries to get back
together with his old girlfriend (Barkin), even though she's carrying someone else's child b...