After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless and shameful behavior.


Nicole Holofcener


Ted Thompson (based on the novel by), Nicole Holofcener (written for the screen by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Anders Harris
Natalie Gold ... Dana
Thomas Mann ... Preston Harris
Schecter Lee Schecter Lee ... ESL Man
Edie Falco ... Helene Harris
Mary Catherine Garrison ... Sandy
Elizabeth Marvel ... Sophie Ashford
Victor Slezak ... Wes Thompson
Annabella Rosa Annabella Rosa ... Marlena
Joe Allanoff Joe Allanoff ... Ziggy
Charlie Tahan ... Charlie Ashford
Antonio Ortiz ... Arnie
Michael Gaston ... Mitchell Ashford
Bill Camp ... Donny O'Neil
Richard Lublin Richard Lublin ... Rude Neighbor (as Richard K Lublin)


Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut, Anders Harris (Ben Mendelsohn) retires from his job in finance and leaves his wife (Edie Falco) in the hopes that it will renew his lust for life. However, he's quickly faced with the startling reality of his choices; he spends his days looking for things to decorate his empty shelves, sleeping with strangers and feeling terribly lost. Missing his ex-wife and on the outs with his troubled 27-year-old son (Thomas Mann), Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen (Charlie Tahan), sending him down a path of reckless and regrettable behavior. His shameful actions cause him to question who he is as a father and, ultimately, who he is as a person.

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The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018. See more »


During the party scene when Anders is talking about his early retirement, the glass he is holding switches from his right hand to his left hand in the reverse shot. See more »


Anders Hill: He's
Anders Hill: just kinda lost, you know... and angry and generally rude, immature, a little bit like the guy you see sitting across from you right now.
Barbara: Oh! Lucky me.
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Written by Bob Saker and Brian Dee
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Ben is great, if u expect heroes, grandeur, you'll miss the point
27 September 2018 | by HLEYESee all my reviews

Decent, honest movie. No grandeur, over the top USA stuff, a little nice drama about zombie hood called 'normality', and how hard it is to get out...

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Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Land of Steady Habits See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarrytown, New York, USA

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2.00 : 1
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