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Lonesome Jim (2005)

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Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.

Director:

Steve Buscemi

Writer:

Jim Strouse (as James C. Strouse)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Casey Affleck ... Jim
Kevin Corrigan ... Tim
Mary Kay Place ... Sally
Seymour Cassel ... Don
Rachel Strouse Rachel Strouse ... Rachel
Sarah Strouse Sarah Strouse ... Sarah
Rick Duplissie Rick Duplissie ... Bar Patron
Liv Tyler ... Anika
Mark Boone Junior ... Evil
Jake La Botz Jake La Botz ... Phillip
Jack Rovello ... Ben
Don Strouse Don Strouse ... Neighbor
Doug Liechty Caskey Doug Liechty Caskey ... Doug the preacher
Pam Angell Pam Angell ... Stacy - Prostitute
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Storyline

Jim is a young man who, after deciding he can't make it on his own, moves back to his hometown in Indiana -- under his parents' roof. He's saved from his family's dysfunction by a local woman and her son, who sees him as a father figure. Written by Anonymous

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Change your outlook. Change your life.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MK2 [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a Jim See more »

Filming Locations:

Cromwell, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,500, 24 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$154,077, 11 June 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several members of the writer's family appears in the film. His brother plays one of the Drug Enforcement Agents. His father is the neighbor in the trampoline scene. His mother appears briefly in the scene when Jim nearly hits a tree. Finally, Jim's nieces Sarah and Rachel are the writer's actual nieces. See more »

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Quotes

Jim: The past does not always predict the future.
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Joe and Don are mentioned twice in the thanks section. See more »

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References Arthur (1996) See more »

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Lonesome Jim is subtle brilliance
9 February 2005 | by joemama720See all my reviews

If you've ever felt bored, alone, defeated, then you'll love Lonesome Jim. If you're from or have ever visited the Midwest for a significant amount of time, you'll love this movie. The portrayal of Jim, a 28-year-old failure who returns home after an attempt at 'making it' in NY as a writer is completely relateable to anyone. Who hasn't had a big dream, tried and failed? The cinematography is is sad and beautiful all at once; the direction is flawless; Casey Affleck (who I'm usually not the hugest fan of) is perfect in the portrayal. And lets not forget Mary Kay Place. She was amazing. James Strouse wrote such a tragic and heart-wrenching role for her; you ache when Jim says to her "I don't know...sometimes people just shouldn't be parents". This film is filled with great lines like this that just exude pathos. Subtle brilliance is the exact phrase to describe this movie. Thing is, you don't even have to love it in order to appreciate how moving it is. It was a great cast, great director, and Roger Ebert (who I'm usually not a huge fan of either) said it best when he called LJ 'a masterpiece of mood'. That it is, my friends; that it is.


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