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Lonesome Jim (2005)

Cast: Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, more...
Director: Steve Buscemi, Steve Buscemi
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Studio: Genius Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Independent
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A less than auspicious homecoming for an introspective artist sets the stage for this low-key comedy drama directed by Steve Buscemi. Jim (Casey Affleck) is a chronically glum aspiring novelist who, after a failed two-year sojourn in New York City, has returned home to his parents' home in Goshen, IN. Jim's folks, Don (Seymour Cassel) and Sally (Mary Kay Place), run a ladder factory, a family business Jim wants nothing to do with. His older brother, Tim (Kevin Corrigan), is also living at home, and has problems of his own after his marriage ended in divorce and his business went broke. When Tim makes the latest of a number of suicide attempts by driving into a tree, Jim is reintroduced to Anika (Liv Tyler), a nurse who had a one-night fling with Jim a while ago. Jim and Anika strike up a conversation and start seeing one another again, though she seems to have feelings for Tim as well. With Tim in the hospital, Jim is persuaded against his better judgment to take on some of his brother's responsibilities, including doing some work at the ladder factory. At work, he bonds with his uncle Stacy (Mark Boone Jr.), who prefers to use the nickname "Evil" and deals drugs on the job. Jim's attempts to help Uncle Stacy with his side business backfire and implicate his parents, with Sally ending up in jail. But between his budding relationship with Anika and coaching a kids' basketball team that includes Tim's daughters, Jim begins to cautiously consider the notion that life might be worth all the trouble. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Tiresome Movie by talltale September 4, 2006 - 4:53 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A dreadful misfire, LONESOME JIM isn't going to up improve Steve Buscemi's reputation as a director. Even as a character study, the movie fails because the characters seem mostly stillborn--when they're not downright ridiculous. Despite a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Corrigan, Seymour Cassel and Mark Boone Junior (Casey Affleck is still a pretty-boy cipher, so far as I can tell), the film spins its wheels beginning to end.

Having to spend a lot of time with literal and figurative losers is tricky at best; here it practically begs viewers to go running from the room, since every character makes the worst choices possible and then underscores them a few times for good measure. How much nonsense can one movie manage? See for yourself. Usually, I can at least figure out what a filmmaker might have been trying for--even when the reach momentously exceeds the grasp. Let's see: Losing is OK, so long as you expend some energy trying? Nope. This one eludes me, big-time.

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