A sprawling, leisurely film that recalls Robert Altman's NASHVILLE in both idiosyncrasy and emotional depth as it strolls through the lives of several unhappy Angelenos. They include spiritually conflicted Linda (Julianne Moore), trophy wife of dying TV
mogul Earl Partridge (Jason Robards); Earl's home-care nurse Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman); and Earl's estranged son, misogynistic motivational speaker Frank Mackey (Tom Cruise), who changed his name in an attempt to bury his family past. Child prodigy Stanley Spector (Jeremy Blackman) is
cleaning up on a quiz show called "What Do Kids Know?" but can't seem to please his dad (Michael Bowen), a failed actor. Ho...