Simon: “The life that I was trying for is over. The life that I had is gone and I’m feeling so damn sorry for myself that it’s difficult to breathe.”
Simon, an artist recently assaulted during a home invasion and Carol, a lonely single mother with a sickly son are the two people least likely to get along with Melvin, a mean and cranky romance author with severe OCD. Yet they’re suddenly tossed into his life. Everyone ends up taking a road trip, on which the unresolved emotional issues outweigh even the heaviest suitcase.
Carol: OK, we all have these terrible stories to get over, and you-…”
Equally jam-packed is the dialogue; every conversation is simultaneously cunning and poignant. But that’s what happens when people allow the others that keep crashing into them to scrape off some of their rough edges.
Carol: “Come on in and try not to ruin everything by being you.”
Melvin: “Maybe we could live without the wisecracks.”
Carol: “Maybe we could.”