Big question: Sullen slacker Jim (Casey Affleck) returns to his family's home in Indiana when he runs out of cash in New York. Can Casey prove he's more than just the other Affleck?
Skip it: Drifting through life as a sad sack, Jim is a selfish jerk who shows little consideration for his parents (Seymour Cassel and Mary Kay Place) or his similarly miserable older brother (Kevin Corrigan). The guy can't even smile after screwing a beautiful nurse (Liv Tyler), whose affection for him can only be described as pity.
Catch it if: You want to join a basketball team in need of help. Jim takes over for his brother as coach of a youth girls' squad that hasn't scored all season.
Bottom line: Shot with a grainy, home-video style and directed by Steve Buscemi, "Lonesome Jim" is a head-down, hands-in-your-pockets bummer that makes no statement about the cause of, or solution to, depression. There are several darkly funny moments, but there's only so long you can watch this guy mope around without wanting to scream, "Dude, what's your problem?"
Bonus: The worst part of going back home has to be your mom walking in on you in the bath. On second thought: What guy in his late 20s takes a bath?
Directed by Steve Buscemi; written by James C. Strouse; photographed by Phil Parmet; edited by Plummy Tucker; production designed by Chuck Voelter; produced by Galt Niederhoffer, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Jake Abraham, Gary Winick, Buscemi. An IFC Films release; opens Friday at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. Running time: 1:31. MPAA rating: R (for language, some sexuality and drug content).
Jim - Casey Affleck
Anika - Liv Tyler
Sally - Mary Kay Place
Don - Seymour Cassel
Tim - Kevin Corrigan
Evil - Mark Boone Jr.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times