Office Christmas Party
Another reminder that allowing your cast to madly improvise instead of actually providing a coherent script with a scintilla of inherent logic often leads to…
All kids are convinced their parents are weird, but Steven Lidz is right. His father, Sid, is an inventor who focuses great energy on solving problems that were not problems until he determined to solve them. Early in Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes," he devises an automatic canopy for Steven's bed, and then drills him in the "emergency evacuation procedure" should anything go wrong. The procedure basically consists of getting out of bed.
Sid Lidz (John Turturro) may be eccentric, but at least he's more functional than his two brothers, Danny (Michael Richards) and Arthur (Maury Chaykin). Danny tends to enter rooms through the window, murmuring darkly about being followed. Arthur is a collector who fills closets with rubber balls and stacks newspapers to the ceilings of the apartment he shares with Danny in the fleabag King Edward Hotel.
The sane member of the family - calming, loving, accepting - is Selma Lidz (Andie MacDowell), who loves her 12-year-old son and his younger sister. Then one day something happens for which there is no emergency evacuation procedure.
Selma is diagnosed with cancer. Sid, who loves her fiercely, is not able really to deal with this news, and swings between depression and denial. Without the steadying hand of his mother at the helm, Steven (Nathan Watt) finds his home life disturbing and even frightening, and to escape it he walks out one day. He will go to live with his uncles.