A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.


Chris Kelly


Chris Kelly
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Plemons ... David
Molly Shannon ... Joanne
Bradley Whitford ... Norman
Maude Apatow ... Alexandra
Madisen Beaty ... Rebeccah
Deb Hiett ... Cathy Columbo (voice)
Eli Vargas Eli Vargas ... Del Taco Employee (voice)
June Squibb ... Ruth-Anne
Paul Dooley ... Ronnie
Kyle Lane ... Daniel
Matt Walsh ... Steve
Kerri Kenney ... Aunt Lynne
Paula Pell ... Aunt Patti
Kevin Dorff ... Dennis
Sophi Bairley ... Caroline


Follows David as he moves back home to be with his mother for the year between her giving up her fight against cancer and slowly dying. Davids relationship with his family is, at best, strained (especially in regard to his father) because of an apparent difficulty in accepting his homosexuality. Although the subject matter is genuinely distressing, his mothers death ultimately helps restore his familial bonds and become an integrated part of the family unit again. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Comedy | Drama


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Sissy Spacek was originally cast in the role of the mother but dropped out due to her commitment to the second season of Bloodline (2015) and was later replaced by Molly Shannon. See more »


[to Paul, after questioning his decision to have his anus waxed]
David: Hey. I'm sorry I was an asshole about your butthole.
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References Six Feet Under (2001) See more »


Written by Jeffrey Innes, John Jeffrey, Graham Jones and Brandon Scott
Performed by Yukon Blonde
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Do NOT Watch if You Are Depressed…Or Maybe You Should?
14 December 2016 | by bgthomaswriterSee all my reviews

Brilliant little movie that is sad and funny and seems almost improvised. A collage of the last year in the life of the "matriarch" of a family. Jesse Plemons plays David, a son who is having the worse year of his life. His dreams of being a comedy writer are not coming true, he's broken up with his boyfriend of five years, his father won't acknowledge he's gay even after ten years, and his mother is dying, Sounds pretty dreary, huh?

And it is so sad to watch Molly Shannon as the mother as she slowly dies and deals with the ravages of chemotherapy and the depression that life is going on on on without out her.

And yet this little gem is out-standing. There are so many little moments that say so much about life, growing, family, acceptance, reaching out, discovery, and more. One scene after another that tells the story *of* life. From beautiful to silly to painful to triumphant.

The short short scene where David tries to order three medium chocolate shakes without whipped cream—and then you have to be paying attention to see him sit down with his parents with three shakes—with whipped cream. This movie really is something I will have to watch again. The final shot is what gave me hope—that life, no matter what, does go on, and maybe, just maybe, it will be okay.

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9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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