Strong performances fail to save this incoherent tearjerker about a dysfunctional family in California in the early 1970s.
The title character, young Jack Leary (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.), has just moved to Oakland with his family after the death of his mother (Andrea Marcovicci). Mom died in a car accident that followed an angry argument with John (Danny DeVito), father of Jack and his younger brother Dylan (Miko
Hughes). John is a TV kids' show host with many childlike qualities, but with an adult fondness for hitting the bottle when his spirits are down.
The three move into a lower middle-class neighborhood and John takes a job as "Monster of Ceremon...