William H. Macy displays his utter bravery as an actor by starring as the less-than-redeeming head of a Chicago family in this risky Showtime adaptation of a British series.
His character is hard-drinking and unreliable, so his eldest daughter (Emmy Rossum) takes responsibility for raising her five siblings and trying to figure out how to keep a roof over all their heads. Joan Cusack and Steve Howey ("Reba") also appear. DVD extras: three "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by cast and crew; deleted scenes. *** (Not rated: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
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