Comedy which takes a look at one long year in the lives of an ostensibly typical, upper-middle-class suburban family. Following a sobering family tragedy the Travises go to pieces. Teenaged son Tim (Emile Hirsch), the black sheep of the family, walks through his life like it's a bad dream. His father Ben (Jeff Daniels) starts treating his wife and children like strangers and completely disengages from the world around him, while his mother Sandy (Sigourney Weaver) takes to smoking pot and letting loose with all the considerable sarcasm she can muster. Meanwhile she wages a bitter fued with the next door neighbour over carefully concealed secrets that threaten to tear the family apart.