WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Four siblings (Kelly Preston, Debra Winger, Hank Azaria & Ray Romano) return home for a funeral after their father dies. A supposedly black “comedy” that involves an extremely dysfunctional family is what follows.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. This is not an overstatement, I swear to you. The only reason the film merited the one star I so generously gave it is because it’s got a pretty good soundtrack, namely The Youngbloods “Get Together”, is wasted on this junk. I would really like to conduct a study not on the cast for agreeing to do this after reading the genuinely unfunny script nor the director for agreeing to have his real name put on it but rather a study of the people who gave it favorable reviews, in particular on the DVD cover box. I want to pick their brains to try to understand how on God’s green earth they found this movie to be “drop-dead funny” and “hilarious.” It boggles my mind. My expression did not change from beginning to end and boredom quickly set in as I wondered if the film would go past a buck and a half. I was lucky in that it only lasted 91 minutes. This is not only pure torture but it also boasts some of the weakest and laziest writing with some of the most despicable characters uttering lines utterly devoid of what can even be remotely considered humorous.
I don’t recall this garbage getting a theatrical release but let me tell you even straight to video is too good for it. I suppose the reason I’m so angry is because there are real talented screenwriters out there with screenplays that aren’t getting produced and to think that this movie took at the very least a few million dollars to make makes me feel very queasy. I suppose a real long shot would be to say this might have been very loosely inspired by THE BIG CHILL, with people coming together for a funeral and learning how much they’ve grown apart from one another and then slowly mending their ties. Instead, adorable and talented actress Zooey Deschanel is left holding the ball, sexy actress Kelly Preston is left looking silly and an actor that I think actually has a shot at graduating to feature films, Ray Romano, takes a few steps back in his attempt to do so. Nobody comes away clean from this movie and the few dramatic or poignant moments that do come up in the movie are the only scenes that will, sadly, make you laugh. If I were to get specific about all that is wrong and incompetent about this film it would take forever so all I can hope for is that you take my word for it and avoid it for the rest of your life; your physical life here on earth and beyond...
7 Extended, Deleted and Alternate Scenes: I won’t tell you a thing about these since you won’t be renting this anyway. Go rent THE BIG CHILL instead or just stare at the wall all night.
Calling this movie a miss would be an insult to all those people who have actually tried making good movies but have come up a little short. This is one of the worst attempts at comedy to come along in ages and the fact that it attracted such a great cast makes it one of the greatest mysteries of our time. Please, from the bottom of my heart I urge you to avoid this movie like it’s covered in asbestos.