by David Caudle
4F, 1M | 1 hr 35 mins
We expect a lot from the people we love: a clean criminal record, a lack of sadistic tendencies, a quick “I’m alive” every two years or so. Unfortunately for Marian, her son Paul falls short of everyone’s expectations— he’s in jail for aggravated assault after bailing out of rehab, which she only finds out after his girlfriend Shelly shows up unannounced. Despite what it looks like, Shelly says Paul’s actually turned a corner. He’s sober (thanks to her), he’s working, and he’s really in jail because of an overreaction. Marian wants to put up her car for Paul’s bail, but her girlfriend Beth and friend/landlady Nat are skeptical. While Beth is almost willing to give Paul a second (or a hundredth) shot, Nat is a little less optimistic (and a little more sauced). If they’re all going to be a family again when Paul returns, it will take more than weekly donuts and microwaved leftover pizza to teach them how to love.
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