Warm and fuzzy comedy-drama about a young boy who runs away from home, unable to cope
with his dying mother, to live with his two very eccentric uncles, Michael Richards and
Maury Chaykin. Richards is the insane paranoid, and Chaykin is the packrat who collects
worthless trash. Andie MacDowell is the boy's cancer-stricken mother, and is appropriately
angelic in the role. John Turturro plays the boy's inventor father, frustrated that there is
something wrong with his wife that can't be fixed. The film loses a little focus as it
alternates from being a coming-of-age story to a tearjerker to a comedic family portrait, but
good perfomances all around keep it from totally losing cohesiveness. The overall message
seems to be a common one: the crazy are wiser than the sane.
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