A girl fed up with her quirky, disfunctional family runs away from home, causing all of them to spend time with each other.A girl fed up with her quirky, disfunctional family runs away from home, causing all of them to spend time with each other.A girl fed up with her quirky, disfunctional family runs away from home, causing all of them to spend time with each other.
For one thing, the family situation is all screwy. Her mom, who seems to make a hobby out of marriage as Chartoff explains in her quick video history introduction, marries Kieth, a very wealthy guy who appears to be a work-a-holic who treats his kids more like playful accessories than members of the family (notice how he reacts to his youngest son, Sam, who explains that he is writing a thesis about cartoon voilence and the socialization process). Laura's mom is similarly distracted by the luxuries of a being a rich man's wife, though she seems to take a liking to Laura's materialistic step-sister, Corrine. Likewise, Laura has a difficult relating to Kurt, who's father treats him like a house servant rather than a son.
Likewise, even Luara's father, flaky artist (Griffin Dunne) seemed to get stuck in a rather complicated situation, having one child with a nice woman named Barbara, but then wound up with a half-gassed new age artist named Stephanie who is pregnant with his twins.
But Laura finds an opportunity to escape when her stepbrother Josh, Kieth's oldest son who gave up years ago, stops in for a quick visit. Josh promises not to tell Lauara's parents where she is, but worried about her being on her own and the potential undetermined length of her visit, calls on some of the family for help. Laura takes off by then and the whole family gets word and comes looking for Laura. And that's where the story begins. The weekend together forces the family to work out their differences and for the parents to bond with their children, even Laura, who spends most of the time off on adventures while trying to figure things out for herself and wonders if her situation is really all that bad.
It's a funny little movie, but one that is probably best enjoyed on a lazy day.
- Apr 6, 2004