Steve Buscemi directs and Casey Affleck stars in this comedy drama about a failed novelist who returns from New York to the small Indiana town he grew up in. When Jim (Affleck) runs out of money in the big city, he is reluctantly forced to return to his dysfunctional family home. He doesn't really get on with his folks and he has no interest in the family business. But after his depressed, older brother Tim (Kevin Corrigan) ends up in a coma, he is forced to help out at his parents' ladder factory as well as looking after his two mischievous nieces (Rachel and Sarah Strouse). At the factory he meets his Uncle Stacey (Mark Boone Jr), aka Evil, who is using the plant as a front for his drug dealing business. When Jim's mother (Mary Kay Place) is mistakenly arrested and jailed for narcotics smuggling, it looks like things can't get any worse. But between his budding relationship with his brother's nurse Anika (Liv Tyler), and coaching a junior basketball team that includes Tim's daughters, the perenially glum Jim concedes that there may be a chink of light at the end of the tunnel.