OK so what part do you want to hear about .. ? the Poverty of living in a warehouse-type place with spray paint on the walls .. ? the death of a 3 year old child ..? the chronic alcoholic mother who lost custody of said child ..? the chain smokers ..? the dive-like diner with greasy open-faced sandwiches ..? the toxic familial dysfunction that spurns it all into action (yes I said action, but dont expect any here) .. this starts off very sad and pathetic and pretty much maintains that throughout the film .. the pace is slow and the depressing scenes whilst they are probably trying to build "characters" is just missing something (like a script ! w/substance !) the subject matter is deep in unto itself, but it seems surface-like for ppl acting in the capacity of "friends" .. the ending is something that I thought would happen in the first half hour .. I will grant you theres some decent actors in this , jeremy piven, eliz mcgovern (havent seen her for awhile) mira sorvino (I mean didnt she win an oscar years ago ..? o yeh, for that pervert woody allen .. that explains it .. !) this movie wasnt so much painful to watch as pain-revealing .. but thats all it is .. no one gets forgiven, no one experiences an epiphany, no one graples with grief and moves onto a higher level of life, no one learns anything, theres no moral here, no story of love, redemption, healing .. its just small town tragic meets small town poor .. and maybe thats the Real story here .. IDK . theres a prosecution and not much developed there but we dont get to a 'trial' (you'll see) and that part is only lightly touched on, and maybe that was for the best, but it was almost a distraction from the actual events that could hav been built more like the characters and relationships or interactions .. all-in-all Im giving 3 stars maybe another half star but Im not going to 'round up' to 4 stars because this is what we used to call 'B' movies .. 3 sad stars .