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Happy Tears -- Jayne and Laura are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their seventy-something-year-old father Joe. Dutiful daughters returning to the house they grew up in, Jayne and Laura are forced to take a closer look at their own not-so-perfect lives while dodging childhood memories. Laura suspects that Joe needs full-time care, but Jayne hopes that their father's condition isn't that serious. Joe is still singing and playing his old guitar, and the lively widower even has a new "ladyfriend," shameless and sassy Shelly. But as the visible moments of their father's impending senility increase, so do the dysfunctional family dynamics. Tensions flare as the close sisters must also juggle their own very different lives - Laura's busy schedule as an environmentalist and mother of two small children, and Jayne, desperate to finally have a baby with her workaholic art-dealing husband Jackson. Their adventures back home are not without magic, mischief and mayhem, and even a search for buried treasure in the backyard! Any tears that Jayne and Laura might shed will be happy ones.

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Writer (WGA):
Mitchell Lichtenstein (written by)
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Tagline:
There's an art to going home without going crazy.
Plot:
Two sisters, Jayne (Posey) and Laura (Moore), return home to deal with their ailing father Joe (Torn), only to face some surprising situations. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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User Reviews:
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Cast

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Parker Posey ... Jayne

Demi Moore ... Laura

Peter Patrikios ... Driver (as Pete Patrikios)

T. Ryder Smith ... Shoe Salesman

Christian Camargo ... Jackson

Victor Slezak ... Eli Bell
Melissa Ticen ... Stewardess

Rip Torn ... Joe

Ellen Barkin ... Shelly

Julianna Conforti ... Young Jayne

Jacquelyn Conforti ... Young Jayne

Alyssa Klein ... Young Laura

David L. King ... Dr. Sims (as David King)

Aldous Davidson ... Waiter

Richard Barlow ... Mitch (as Rich Barlow)

Billy Magnussen ... Ray

Susan Blommaert ... Mallory

Anderson Folsom ... Young Ray
Suzanne Inman ... Nurse

Celia Weston ... Neighbor

Tom McNutt ... Neighbor

Marilyn Yoblick ... Yard Sale Woman

Roger Rees ... Antiques Dealer
Benjamin Brandreth ... Ben
Mikey Iles ... Mike
Max Iles ... Max

Sebastian Roché ... Laurent (as Sebastian Roche)

Patti D'Arbanville ... Joe's Nurse

Eve Gordon ... TV Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Ahl ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Vale Anoai ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Anthony C. Brown ... Waiter #2 (uncredited)
Lee Burkett ... Art Patron (uncredited)
Jennifer Butler ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Byron ... Sir Joseph Whemple (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bramwell Fletcher ... Ralph Norton (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Graves ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Thomas M. Hagen ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)

Gina Hernandez ... Red Hooker (uncredited)

Boris Karloff ... Imhotep (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kathy Nowrey ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Vincent Riviezzo ... Mental Patient (uncredited)
Shawnee Robertson ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

David Adam Smith ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)

Dan Van Wert ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
Kimberly Villanova ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Mitchell Lichtenstein 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mitchell Lichtenstein (written by)

Produced by
Timothy J. DeBaets .... executive producer
Gregory Elias .... executive producer
Jonathan Gray .... executive producer
Richard Lormand .... associate producer
Joyce M. Pierpoline .... producer (as Joyce Pierpoline)
Andrew W. Schwertfeger .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Miller (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Jamie Anderson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Landauer 
 
Production Design by
Paul Avery 
 
Art Direction by
Scott G. Anderson  (as Scott Anderson)
 
Set Decoration by
Tora Peterson 
 
Costume Design by
Stacey Battat 
 
Makeup Department
Diane Dixon .... key hair stylist
Theodora Katsoulogiannakis .... hair department head
Theodora Katsoulogiannakis .... wig designer
Tricia Sawyer .... makeup artist: Demi Moore
Tara Smith .... personal hair stylist: Demi Moore
 
Production Management
Jason Black .... production supervisor
Louise Lovegrove .... unit production manager
Andrew W. Schwertfeger .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director
Sarah Gottlieb .... second second assistant director
Antonio Graña .... second assistant director (as Antonio Grana)
Bobby Kennedy .... additional second second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Davidson .... carpenter
Eric de Jesus .... scenic artist
Cornelius DeGroot .... construction grip
Elizabeth Duby .... scenic artist
Jon E. Graf .... carpenter
Chris Hanes .... construction grip
Matthew W. Herschel .... art production assistant
Samantha Higgins .... scenic industrial
April Hodick .... art department coordinator
Carol Jacob .... art department production assistant
Dennis Madigan .... set dresser
Charles D. Minter .... construction grip
Kristine Muller .... set dresser
Sharon Potts .... set decorating buyer
Carmen S. Santoro .... carpenter
Nell Stifel .... charge scenic
Mark Warren .... set dresser
Patrick Edward White .... construction coordinator
Stephen Wolff .... carpenter
Kurt Wunder .... construction grip
Linda Yeckley .... camera scenic
Damien Harrer .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Shawn Allen .... additional boom operator
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Greg Crawford .... ADR mixer: Atlanta
Mike Ford .... sound utility
Jacob A. Gragard .... sound editor
Steve Jackson .... sound utility
Jan McLaughlin .... sound mixer
Eric Milano .... supervising sound editor
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Paul .... supervising sound editor
Jill Purdy .... dialogue editor
Esther Regelson .... adr editor
Gary Silver .... boom operator
Matt Snedecor .... adr recordist
Frank Verderosa .... adr recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Bryan Baker .... visual effects editor
Tim Bowman .... compositor
Eileen Dare .... visual effects coordinator
Steve Dinozzi .... paint & roto artist
Susan Eldridge .... opening titles designer
Janet Falcon .... digital film colorist
Kevin Fanning .... digital effects artist
Jeremy Fernsler .... digital effects artist
Mark O. Forker .... visual effects supervisor
Rob Giglio .... dailies colorist
Nick Jushchyshyn .... integration specialist
Lenz Kol .... digital compositor
Ryan Leonard .... compositor
Adica Manis .... visual effects coordinator
Scott Markowitz .... compositor
Scott Markowitz .... opening titles editor
Ed Mendez .... compositing supervisor
Anton Moss .... digital effects artist
Katherine O'Morchoe .... end titles
Cindy Payne .... vfx pa
Chris Rauch .... dustbuster
Crystle Schrecengost .... paint & roto artist
Michael Wardner .... compositor
Mark Wawrzenski .... visual effects editor
Tom Williamson .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
John Copeman .... additional stunt coordinator
John Gilbert .... stunt rigger
Jen Weissenberg .... stunt double: Demi Moore
Jeffrey Mowery .... precision driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... gaffer
John Baer .... still photographer
Michael Best .... key grip: San Francisco
David Brandon .... electrician
Art Cipollone .... video assist operator
Edward Hohman .... key rigging grip (as Edu)
Kevin Kindle .... camera production assistant
Ernie Kunze .... electrician
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera
Michael Leonard .... key first assistant camera
Joe Meccariello .... camera operator
Oskar Ness .... gaffer: San Francisco
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... camera loader
Colin J. Peters .... electrician
Lawrence Price .... rigging gaffer
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera
Benjamin Semanoff .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Taicher .... Steadicam operator
David Taicher .... camera operator: "a" camera
Greg Yurkivich .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Allison Estrin .... casting assistant
Regina Haigh .... casting assistant
Diane Heery .... casting director: Philadelphia
Jason Loftus .... casting director: Philadelphia
Jennifer Painter .... casting assistant
Karl Stavem .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Bradshaw .... assistant costume designer
Sonja Cizmazia .... wardrobe supervisor
Rebecca Edmonston .... set costumer
Stephanie Farah .... wardrobe production assistant
Tamika Jackson .... wardrobe
Delvan James .... set costumer
Nicole Lee .... wardrobe assistant
Ashley Shartle .... wardrobe production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Michael Furey .... conforming editor
Ethan Henerey .... assistant editor
Brad Petrella .... digital intermediate systems engineer
Robert Pyle .... digital intermediate systems engineer
John-Michael Trojan .... digital intermediate producer
Andy Williams .... visual effects producer
Matt Wolford .... digital intermediate coordinator
 
Music Department
Michael P. Benoit .... orchestrator
Stephanie Diaz-Matos .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Gary Fabiano .... transportation
Gabe Turiello .... driver: process trailer
 
Other crew
Valerie Bailey .... dailies assistant
Michele Baker .... location manager
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Amanda Bayard .... production assistant
Jason Black .... location manager
Ashton J. Blessing .... assistant accountant
Michèle Boissière Armstrong .... assistant production coordinator (as Michèle R. Boissière)
Tim Bradley .... production assistant
Chrismandu .... stand-in: male
Jessica Clauser .... production assistant
Anthony Dalseth .... assistant location manager
Colleen Danser .... location assistant
Stephanie Dawson .... production assistant
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Mark Farkas .... conforming supervisor
Megan Gallagher .... adr voice group
Leilani Goode .... assistant: Ellen Barkin
Chris Gormley .... location assistant
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel (as Gray Krauss LLP)
Kelly Gregory .... production assistant
Blair Howley .... key production assistant
Jennifer Hunt .... facilities coordinator
Evan Krauss .... production counsel
Rebecca Lyons .... facilities coordinator
James Madison .... production assistant
Sean Maher .... dailies assistant
Jim McNutt .... production assistant
Peter Moody .... key assistant location manager
Paul Moore .... production assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Terry Ostrow .... production resource
Laura Papanicholas .... facilities coordinator
William Pichkan .... parking coordinator
Janine Rafalko .... stand-in: Demi Moore
Michael P. Reid .... production assistant
Charles S. Rowe .... script supervisor
Sarah Rubenstein .... production accountant
Eric Rusiski .... unit production assistant
Aaron Schumann .... production assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... additional set production assistant
Dalice Shilshtut .... office production assistant
Michele Soddano .... payroll accountant
Kellie Jo Tinney .... assistant: Rip Torn
Kellie Jo Tinney .... personal assistant: cast
Jared Uhrich .... unit production assistant
Mariellen Ward .... production assistant
Anthony Werhun .... production secretary
Canella Williams .... production coordinator
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Spencer Baumgarten .... special thanks
Christina Bazdekis .... special thanks
Larry Gagosian .... special thanks
Dorothy Lichtenstein .... special thanks
Carolyn Specht .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, drug use, and some sexual content including brief nudity
Runtime:
USA:95 min | Germany:95 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | Argentina:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA (2011) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:R (certificate #45784)
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Goofs:
Continuity: At 1:30 At the dinner table toast, Joe's glass of beer suddenly becomes a can of beer.See more »

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25 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
excellent!, 24 January 2010
Author: plkldf from Baltimore MD USA

Saw this at Cinema Sundays at the Charles here in Baltimore.

The audience liked it a lot, from their reactions during the film and also at the Q&A. Parker Posey and Demi Moore play two sisters who are faced with taking care of their father in the house where they grew up. Their father, played by Rip Torn, is becoming less and less compos mentis. Not forgetting the wonderful Ellen Barkin, who brings humanity to the role of Shelley, a woman who has reached bottom.

The movie has some pretty trippy sections, a fair amount of things that make you not so sure what's supposed to be happening in the movie's reality, and what's just happening in the head of one of the characters.

It's primarily a good-natured comedy about people and how they get along. It's very funny, with some subtle and unexpected laughs. I can't wait for this to be shown in a local theater so I can see it again.

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