JUST AN ORDINARY LIFE
Living an ordinary life is a subjective point of view especially for the Smith family as outrageous dysfunction dances with midlife crises in this “Something About Mary” meets “American Beauty” comedy feature.
Radio News Personality, husband and father of three, John Smith, begins to see his life and family for what they are… in complete ruins. With his dreaded 40th birthday only one day away, John begins to reflect on his life-accomplishments and worth as the man of the house. After one night of hell and forced intimacy John’s failed attempt to rally his family back sparks a new journey.
John, with the help of his next-door neighbor and best friend, Bob “Sly” Eastman, (also a D.J. at the radio station) becomes fixated on keeping a promise made to himself on graduation day, some 22 years earlier.
John’s 24-hour race against time begins while Mary, John’s wife of many years, plans a surprise party for him in the hope of smoothing things over after being caught with the unwilling delivery boy. The good news is, she no longer has to give into the whims of their 9 year old, adopted daughter, Tina who had been blackmailing her Mom up to this point.
Mary gets little help from their embittered, introverted, over weight, 17 year old, daughter, Rebecca, or Junior, their lazy, troubled, 19 year old, son. Junior would much rather spend his time digging tunnels under the house in search of buried treasure. This proves to bring the house down at John’s surprise party. However, nothing is more surprising to John and Mary than an untimely visit from Mary’s outspoken parents, who decide to stay. Not even the alcoholic, family dog, Sam, can ignore this.
The thought of growing old in his present state of life and the haunting memory of his Father’s disapproval, forces John to search for a shred of purpose and meaning. In the end he may just get what he wishes for… and then some!