Truly one of the most criminally unsung films of the 90s. Jodie Foster's sophomore effort as a director proves that she is as effective behind the camera as she is in front of it - this is a jumbled hurricane-of-a-movie, but purposely so. It's one of the truest depictions of a dysfunctional family that I've seen on screen.
The fourth star is only given because of the father's monologue toward the end when he is sitting in the basement with Holly Hunter. For sure a touching film that gives eloquent light to the middle-class during the holiday season, but one that also lacks in certain areas, even making me disinterested a time or two. Robert Downey Jr. is a delight as always, but something is ultimately missing. Overall it's watchable.