Actor-turned-director Steve Buscemi's morose, pitch-black comedy revolves — slowly — around a would-be writer who wipes out in New York and retreats to his hometown to lick his wounds in the bosom of the family he can't stand. Sullen, self-pitying, 27-year-old Jim Roush (Casey Affleck) slinks into Goshen, Indiana, after having spent years publishing nothing and scraping by as a dog walker. Mom Sally (Mary Kay Place) welcomes the prodigal with a flurry of hugs and syrupy endearments, while gruff dad Don (Seymour Cassel) musters a pro form
greeting. Jim's brother, Tim (scruffy indie-movie regular Kevin Corrigan), who once dreamed of joining the CIA, is also back...