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Jim and his family are the very definition of dysfunctional. He returns home from living in New York after quitting his job as a dog-walker. That's right -- dog WALKER. His mother, marvelously played by Mary Kay Place, is emotionally needy and all-but-clueless -- or, at least you think so in the beginning. Jim assessment of his parents is overwhelmingly negative, though he usually expresses this in a very passive fashion. Thing is, he is cognizant enough to realize that he, himself, is every bit as stuck in a rut. When he meets Liv Tyler in a local bar, his view of things begins to change, but it is hardly overnight. No fireworks, wine or roses here. Just the subtle realization that there might be a different way to look at one's life.
Far from being maudlin, the film acknowledges the character's shortcomings unsparingly, and yet does so in a way that is both comical and very nearly sympathetic. You have to stay with this movie a bit to appreciate its humor and sublety, but you'll most likely be pleasantly surprised if you do.
He is also an aspiring writer, and he wears the despair of his greatest heroes on his sleeve, including Hemingway, whom he notes shot himself. On one cheerful encounter with his mother (played wonderfully by Mary Kay Place) she asks Jim what they've done to raise two miserable boys: "Be honest...You're a smart and sensitive man, you should have some idea." He replies, "Some people shouldn't have kids," a response that injures even her seemingly unflappable resource of cheerfulness. His cousin Stacie works at the factory and brings his monetary resources to Jim who naively gets blackmailed by him from snitching when he uses the factory to mail drugs, and Jim's mother gets busted.
Sometimes loneliness and depression are a disease. The reason I recommend watching 'Lonesome Jim' is because it goes through it and glides on top of it at the same time. His loneliness is as tangible as watching the futile anguish of Johnny Depp in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape?' The film is entertaining and cathartic, but it may have the best feature of confronting a part of all of us that is screaming to make life a better domain.
There's nothing spectacular or original story. It's been told a hundred times in indie films, classic literature, and every novel by Larry McMurtry or JD Salinger.
Casey Affleck plays Jim, a man in his late twenties who hasn't made much of his life because he was afraid of failure. He's lost his way and broke so he comes home to a small town to live his parents and his older brother, who might be even more pathetic. While he's there his brother gets in an accident and Jim is forced to take over his duties. Along the way he meets Liv Tyler's character, a pretty, small town girl with a ten year old son. It's through Jim's actions with her, his family, and a children's basketball team that he eventually finds the will to take some risks in life.
The story is light on plot, but it's the mood that makes it interesting. Any one who's ever enjoyed "Catcher in the Rye" or similar stories or movies will probably enjoy this film, which has a lot of charm and several laugh out loud moments.
Then, like a gift from the movie gods, came Lonesome Jim, a bizarre, loveable dark comedy in which our boy Casey Affleck could finally sink his ready teeth.
Lonesome Jim is a poor man's comedy, the type of film which can really only be appreciated by the Casey Affleck's of the universe, to which I readily admit I am one. In this world, underdog comedy is not only appreciated, but joyously celebrated. Jim, played by Casey, is a guy not unlike us. He has tried his hand at life, failed miserably at it, and returns in bitter defeat to his parent's basement. Here, he finds a guilt-tripping father who wants to run his life and a mother who is all-too happy to cut Jim's meet for him or let him borrow the family van. When it comes to women, Jim misses all the signals and often is left out thinking with over-analytical questions like, "Was she coming onto me?" as the girl, in the meantime, leaves it disgust when her advances are not reciprocated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Liv Tyler and Casey Affleck but this movie was boring boring boring and he didn't give a damn about anything.Published 5 months ago by BrownSugar
[Rounded up from 3-1/2 Stars, Minor Spoilers] First of all, keep in mind that this is a comedy. I think that's the mistake that some people who dislike this movie make: they take... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fred J. Gonzales
one of a kind movie, pleasantly surprised when I first watched this.Published 18 months ago by :) camper
I am pleased with the timely delivery of the movie and it was in good shape. I have not watched it yet, but I have in the past so I know it will be worth waiting for.Published on August 3, 2013 by keatra n. smith
The script is good enough, the actors are fine, but somehow this film just doesn't quite work. After having pondered this for a while it seems to me that it's a problem of tone. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Promise
This movie made the viewer feel what so many 30 somethings have felt like. The world isn't like what it is on TV. People that set their expectations on life so high... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by travis
Some movies create situations to kick start character revelations. Others use the camera to flitter over tham quickly to avoid it. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by mr. contrarian