When Judd Foxman decides to sneak home and surprise his wife on her birthday, in the middle of the day, with cake in hand, you suspect it’s not going to go well. Let’s just say the scene involves hot wax, screams and Judd’s obnoxious boss Wade, who is a grade A tosser in every sense of the word. ‘Wade could not get enough pancreatic cancer to satisfy me,’ says Judd, with feeling, and you can probably guess why. But, as Judd’s marriage goes down the gurgler, along with everything else in his life, he gets some more bad news: his dad has died, and his dad’s dying wish was for the entire family to sit in mourning for one week in the childhood home Judd grew up in. It’s the first time they’ve all been under the same roof for years, and it’s clear from the get-go that this lively bunch of lunatics are not going to let Judd forget that his life is in the toilet.
RC’s verdict? A wickedly funny page-turner for anyone who thinks their dysfunctional family is ten times worse than everyone else’s.