Brief summary: Maria (the late, great Adrienne Shelley), is a sweet, but kind of ignorant girl who just got knocked up by her asshole, empty-headed jock boyfriend, who immediately dumps her when he finds out she’s carrying his baby. Maria’s mother kicks her out of the house when she breaks the news, and she has nowhere to go.
Matthew (Martin Donovan) is an extremely intelligent, cynical dude with a short temper, who carries around a live hand grenade “just in case.” Matthew lives with his masochistic, chauvinist father who never really has a nice thing to say to anyone, except the neighbors’ kids.
Matthew soon meets Maria, and they both try to figure out “what it all means”… doing their best to get through life without punching everyone in the face (or killing themselves) and, everyone around them including their families always want to see them both fail.
This incredibly amazing (and horribly under-appreciated) indie film is writer/director Hal Hartley at his ultimate best… the character development is through the roof, the acting is absolutely top-notch…. and at times, this movie is laugh-out-loud funny (Donovan’s cynicism & bitterness…. god, it doesn’t get ANY better than that). And then there’s the ever-impressive Edie Falco (Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) in one of her earliest roles. Do not sleep on this movie, or ANY movie by Hal Hartley. Seriously.