In a non-descript American wasteland, dotted with tract housing and factories, we find the warm, plump-featured Martha (Debbie Doebereiner). When she isn't taking care of her doddering father (Omar Cowan), she's tinkering away at the local doll factory. Her factory co-worker, Kyle (Dustin James Ashley), a dopey, listless teenager, is her only semblance of a friend. But, from the looks of it, Kyle would much rather be smoking a fatty in his bedroom than chitchatting with the quaint and middle-aged Martha.
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The idea here is that our central characters (including all of the above, plus one guy who breaks his own hand so he can relive his Best Christmas Ever as he did as a kid in the E.R.) have problems. You know, New Yorker problems: Walker is a jealous cop (and Cruz is his flirtatious girlfriend), and Sarandon's geriatric mother is an a sort of dazed funk -- just staring at the walls, refusing to eat. Sarandon is the centerpiece of the film: She's a mopey creature who's faced endless disaster in her life (a stillborn baby, even), but she's trying to keep up appearances.
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