Denial, Mental Illness, Murder, Incest, Thanksgiving. No, it's not Thanksgiving with the Manson family. Instead, Mark Waters (sorry, not John Waters) brings us a tale of a Washington, DC, socialite family the Pascals, that has more problems than a guest on Jerry Springer.
Jackie O (Parker Posey) is obsessed with the death of JFK, coinciding with the disappearance of her father on the very day. After being admitted to a 'hospital', Jackie returns home, sheltered by her mother (Genevieve Bujold) and brother (Freddie Prinze Jr.). When Thanksgiving arrives, Jackie's twin, Marty (Josh Hamilton) arrives home, with a surprise: a fiancée (Tori Spelling). Hiding the knives, and making sure Jackie has taken her medication, her mother hopes for the best and tries to get rid of the fiancée, in an attempt not to 'upset' Jackie. A sordid affair follows, eeping out a past of carnal details, a movie that is not for the weak of heart (or the opinionated).
Parker Posey heads the cast wonderfully in a role that won her the title of India Queen (several of her movies won big in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival). Playing an obsessed Jackie O' wannabe seems right up her alley, and she literally steals this movie from a wonderful ensemble (who would have ever thought it- Tori Spelling and wonderful in the same sentence? Almost blasphemy!).
The movie, based on a play by Wendy MacLoed, brings a unique story to the screen that is definitely worth watching... maybe at your next family reunion?