Synopsis: Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can't wait to rejoin her old life in the rust belt town she's always lived in. She's ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life- the carpet under her bare feet, a cold beer in front of the television, the smell of her baby's head. Slowly, though, she realizes that her everyday life doesn't resemble the one she left. Struggling to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes, what can she reclaim of her share of the way of life she's been fighting to protect?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Liza Johnson
Production: Dada Films
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

- Hi, Mom!

- Hi!


Hi, baby.

Look at you.

- Hi, baby.

- Yeah, she got big!

She got big, yeah?

- Baby, hi.

- Yeah.

What do you say, sweetie?

Welcome home.



Hi, sweetie.

- I love you.

- I love you so much.

I'll pick you up.

Oh, my God.

You feel so good.

All right, all right.

Here, let me get that,

let me get that.

- I got it.

- All right.

You sleep on the plane?

- Mm-hmm, a little bit.

- That's good.

I couldn't sleep a lot,

though, I was excited.

- Yeah, I bet.

- Yeah.

Hey, can you plate

the chicken, please?

Oh, my God, I missed you.

And Mike was such

a rock star.

I saw him

all the time at the Kroger's

with Brie in the basket.

You would have been

really proud of him.

And Missy said he was great

at spouse group, weren't you?

Come on, watch the hair!

- Hey, can I have a glass?

- Sorry.


Oh, my God,

this looks so good.

- My favorite...

- That's my addiction there...

Go ahead.

Here, can you

hold this, please?

Go ahead, turn, turn,

turn, turn.

Let's see what you got,

let's see what you got.

Now do me.


Look at you.

Oh, you're getting heavy.

I'm gonna dip you.

- Flip me!

- Flip you?

Oh, my...

How am I going to flip you?

You're getting so big!

Let's let Mom rest,

okay, here, here.

But Mom loves dancing.

I know, but it's time

for her to relax.

You guys,

it is so nice to have your own

fucking chair and a beer.

Dollar in

the curse jar.

And she's still doing Bingo

on the weekends,

and so she's

wasting all her money there

and she's still working at

the grocery store.

And this guy,

he doesn't make anything.

So with this new husband,

she keeps borrowing

from us all the time.

And I... I let her

borrow the car.

She had to go out

and roll it, though.

Damn... totaled it!

So she writes me

this letter.

I mean, she's my own mother,

but she mails it to me,

saying she's

going to pay for it.

Like I don't have

a telephone, okay?

Can you believe this?

Of course, I haven't seen

a red cent.

Yup, I knew it.

I've been dealing with this

all over town.

It's not us,

it's the city pipes, you know?

They're all rusted out.

Doris Norman's

got six bathrooms.

Took me five hours

to set her up.

- Nice.

- Yeah.

Well, she said I could charge

her for the whole day.

- Seriously?

- Yeah, so I did.

- Nice.

- Yeah.


That's nice.


- You're crazy.

- Mm-hmm.

Oh, now, hang on.

I don't have this

on yet.

Ah, shit, shit.

- No, no, no, no, no...

- What?

No, no, no, no.


They say you got to

take it slow first.

Who's "they"?

The spouse group.

That's what they said!

- Are you serious?

- They're very serious.


They don't know


Oh, God, hon...

- Mm-hmm.

- I'm almost finished.

You better be careful,

I'm almost done.

Oh, shit, shit.


- Come on.

- Okay.

Wait, I forgot to

put this back on.

Get over here!

What are you doing?

I'm just...

making sure

she's breathing.

Check me, too?


You're definitely breathing.

You go back

to sleep, okay?


It's like

falling off a bike.


Everything seems so small.

What are you

talking about?

It's exactly the same

as when you left.

Yeah, but over there...



Then how did you lift it?


What did you have,

like, a gigantic forklift?

All right, maybe the boxes

are the same size,

but there is a lot of them.

Slow down,

you're making me look bad.

All right, Brie.

Get in your seat

like a big girl.


Shorty crunk so fresh so clean

Can she pump that question

been harassing me

In the mind this bitch is fine

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Liza Johnson

Liza Johnson (born December 13, 1970) is an American film director, producer, and writer. more…

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