A family drama at its best, but unlike anything that one has probably seen before. Nicole Kidman plays Margot, a famous author, and is the central character of this story which has everyone concerned dealing with a ton of emotional baggage. There are a range of problems to be dealt with (involving Margot's sister Jennifer Jason Leigh, sister's fiancee played brilliantly by Jack Black, her husband & lover, her son, sister's neighbours and of course herself) which is quite baffling but portrayed very cleverly and with a lot of humour - the dark, perverse kind. Which I quite enjoyed. Can be a difficult watch for some or even irritating - but I liked the director's attempt to show that it isnt difficult for regular people to be horrible people.
Rating: * * *