Lonesome Jim

Synopsis: Jim is a young man who, after deciding he can't make it on his own, moves back to his hometown in Indiana -- under his parents' roof. He's saved from his family's dysfunction by a local woman and her son, who sees him as a father figure.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Steve Buscemi
Production: IFC Films
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

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Hi, Tim.

Jimmy! Oh my goodness.

Donald! Jimmy's here.


It's Jim.

Come here, let mom look at you.

I'm pretty dehydrated. If you don't

mind, I'd like a glass a water. / Okay

What's all the stuff?

We sure did miss you

at Christmas, Jimmy.

You're back now

Oh. It's so good see you, Jim.

Mom misses you so much.

Jim? Are you okay?

Jimmy? Are you Okay?

What in the hell?

Jimmy's come

home to surprise us.

What's wrong with him?

He said he's dehydrated.


Well, get him some water.

Okay, okay.

Hi, Jimbo. How you been?

Here you go. Hon... Honey?

I brought you some clean towels.

Ok. Thanks

Lets see. Oh honey that cold.

Its fine mom, I'm fine.

Mom sure is happy to see you.

Yeah me too mom.

You call so little I worry about my

boy all alone in the big city.

I'm not a boy mom.

Yes you are. You are a pretty

boy. You are my pretty boy.

Something wrong, Dad?


This food is great, Mom.

Nothing's wrong. I was just

thinking about your dogs.

My dogs?

Oh, that's what your mom told me

you were doing in New York.

Walking dogs.

Didn't you tell me that, Sally?

I think he does.

They don't need walking anymore?

I'm not planning on

going back to New York.

What are you planning?

I'm not sure.

Your Mom's short a guy in shipping.

Oh, he doesn't want to work with

his mother.

She's right.

What do you want?


Bye, Tim. Just take your

time, Sweetie. You'll figure it out.

Not too much time.

The boy is nearly thirty.

He's 27, Donald.

Your mom and I started the business

when we were in our twenties.

I was eighteen, Donald.

There you are.

Where have you been?

Your mother was trying to call all day.

I was busy.

Oh. Well, I just wanted to invite

you to the girls' game.

What game?

Lts ok you can't win them all.

Go so Hi to your uncle Jimmy.

Hi, girls.

Hi, Uncle Jimmy.

What's wrong?

They lost again.

Their team hasn't scored a point yet.

Your brother's their coach.

What's the problem?

We suck.

Come here girls.

Grandma give you some ice cream.

You want Peanut Brickle or just

plain Vanilla?

Can I take the van?

Of course. You need some money?

Sure, I'll fill it up while I'm out.

Tanks full.

All right. Well, maybe I'll take a

little something anyway.

This is just the money I make

selling snacks at work.


No problem.

Hey... Jim? Jim Roush.


Hey, guys, look who it is.


Can I have a Bud Light?

Hey, I was just curious...

What's with all the uniforms?

We're nurses.

Yeah. I lived across from a

hospital in Manhattan.

Manhattan, New York.

Ever been?

Yeah, its... /its alright...

What'd you do there?

Walked dogs. I mean that's what I

did for money. I also write.

Oh yeah, me too.

Really? Wow.

Yeah, just for myself though.

Well, I like your audience.

You make enough money to live

walking dogs?

I also worked at an Applebee's,


I love Applebee's.

Oh yeah? My name's Jim.


Nice to meet you, Anika.

You want one?


You like working in a hospital?


You don't find it too antiseptic?

Too cold and clean. Uncomfortable.

I think hospital beds are more

comfortable than regular beds.

Do you have a?

Oh. Yeah. Maybe.

Give it to me.

Did you come?

Time out.

Okay. We have a minute left in the

half. I'm going to make this easy.

Are you listening?

Yes, Coach Tim.

Don't take a shot unless you're

sure you can make it. Okay?

Take your time.

Look for an open shot.

But don't shoot it unless you're

positive it's going to go in.

Rachel, don't shoot it at all.

All right. One, two, three...

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Jim Strouse

James C. Strouse is an American screenwriter and film director. He wrote the film Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi. He wrote and made his directorial debut with Grace Is Gone starring John Cusack. more…

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