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A regular guy struggles with a repressive home and professional life, as well as making amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.

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Craig Lucas

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Elyse Friedman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Morrie
Ben Foster ... Jay
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Ida
Lauren Graham ... Betty Tanager
Zoë Kravitz ... Gillian
Hilary Swank ... Laura
Gary Wilmes ... Paul
Daniel Eric Gold ... Gary
Stacie Theon ... Ellen Thomas
Lindsay Allen Lindsay Allen ... Roller-Blading Girl
Tom Pelphrey ... Hitchhiker
Will Toale Will Toale ... Young Male Cop
Vivien Kells Vivien Kells ... Sleeping Girl (as Vivien Kells O'Brien)
Keith McDermott ... Man in Street
Marisa Zalabak Marisa Zalabak ... Woman in Street
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Storyline

When Morrie was a teenager, his parents died, leaving him a house, an irritable bowel, and siblings Jay and Ida to raise. Jump ahead 20 years: Jay is homeless, fits poorly into society, and was recently injured; Ida is jobless and sleeps with strangers; Morrie is married to the long-suffering Betty who is waiting for Morrie to get tenure before having children. They constantly have to kiss up to their holier-than-thou neighbors, one of whom is Morrie's department head. Morrie brings Jay home to recover, Ida decides to visit, the siblings make the neighbors ill at ease, a strange woman visits, and the cops want to talk to Jay. What about Morrie's irritated bowels? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some families defy classification

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2010 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Laws of Motion See more »

Filming Locations:

Darien, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Ida: If you are gonna live totally outside the lines, all of the people moving on the inside of them are gonna flatten you.
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References The Mummy (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Acoustic
Written by David Gould
Performed by The Inner Banks
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Good Movie.
16 October 2008 | by kennyv11111See all my reviews

I know a nine is going to seem high. But after a slow start, this movie begins to grab at you. There are moments you feel the boundaries of realism have been touched upon, but somehow it all meshes together and becomes the heartfelt story it's meant to be.

At times, you might suspect the actors were learning improvisational skills on the job, as they most definitely improved scene after scene.

Give this movie the half hour investment of boredom you might endure, and you'll be grateful for the half hour you "suffered" through.

Matthew Perry hasn't had the best of luck in reviews of his movies. I think this movie should certainly help to redeem any sagging career thoughts swirling is his head.


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