A girl from Jersey who aspires to be part of the uppercrust urban elite, Imogene's life as a playwright in the city is curbed when her Dutch boyfriend suddenly breaks off their relationship. In an act of desperation, Imogene (Kristen Wiig) fakes her own suicide, only to end up in the hospital psych ward. They draw the conclusion that she must stay with someone who will keep an eye on her, thus placing her back in her family home with her gambling addict mother (Annette Bening) and her mother's boyfriend who claims to work for the CIA (Matt Dillon). The craziness is turned up to eleven with her dysfunctional clan around her, a life she tried to flee. This is the basic setup, but the film is much more than a look at eccentricity. This family drama is one of the most entertaining indie films I've seen in a long time with great performances culled out of every actor. I highly recommend this little-known gem.

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