This is a movie about a woman (Jessica Lange) and her two sons, ages 17 and 9, played by Chris O'Donnell and Charlie Korsmo, respectively. When Lange's character loses her husband in an accident, she is forced to move, with her two sons, to a cheaper place in inner-city Baltimore. All three members of the family are trying to grieve and cope in their own way with this tragedy, though not always successfully. (For instance, at the funeral, someone tells Korsmo's character that it's okay to cry. The boy replies coldly, "No, I'm not going to cry.") Ironically, at a time when they all need each other the most, they end up becoming more separated through their own poor decisions, bad judgment, and their sheer confusion over what is the best thing to do. At times, this movie was funny, such as in some of the wacky scenes with a neighbor, played by Joan Cusack. And don't miss the great turn by Kathy Bates as Lange's boss. At other times, the film was just downright heartbreaking, as in the scene with O'Donnell on the dock with Arliss Howard, and for me, the scene near the end with Lange and Charlie Korsmo (a truly brilliant actor), at their old home where Korsmo had run away to. In my view, this is a truly great film. Executive producer and director Paul Brickman has fashioned a real gem in "Men Don't Leave". This is a masterpiece that will stand the test of time, because the situation is timeless and human emotion is eternal. Finally, I think it is a travesty that such a brilliant film did not get a DVD release (although the Warner Archive Collection has made the film available in a DVD-R version). I highly recommend this film. Watch it and judge for yourself.