June 29, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the directorial debut of playwright Kenneth Lonergan, Linney, and Ruffalo — each a charismatic ace — play brother and sister, a pair of disconnected small-towners who, as Linney puts it sidewise to a priest, ”just can’t quite get ahold of themselves.” He’s a dope-smoking drifter; she’s out of control in a neurotic middle-class way — a single mom unsettled by the prospect of settling down and instead entangled with her bank-manager boss (Matthew Broderick, at his most compellingly twerpy). The story of their relationship is an intimate, intricate marvel about ties and disconnections.

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109 minutes
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Paramount Classics
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