Even apparently happy families are often unhappy in their own ways, and beneath the Martha Stewart-like perfection of the Gulden household lies a hornet's nest of complicated, conflicting desires, suppressed anger and fragile alliances. George
Gulden (William Hurt) is a professor of literature and a critically acclaimed academic essayist, adored by his ambitious daughter Ellen (Renee Zellweger), a journalist, and resented by his son Brian (Tom Everett Scott), whose gifts are athletic rather than intellectual. Kate (Meryl Streep) is the
happy homemaker they all treat with just a touch of condescension until she becomes ill with cancer. George browbeats Ellen into co...