Two families intertwined...
BEN (Kevin Kline) - The father of the family. He's having an affair with Janey a few doors down. He's oblivious to what's happening to his family, even though he's helping the deterioration. He also likes key parties.
ELENA (Joan Allen) - The naive mom who's looking to reach out and find out who she really is. She tries to revisit her youth and find answers in religion. She's also wise to her husband's "affairs".
WENDY (Christina Ricci) - A curious daughter who's also extremely opinionated in terms of political activity.
PAUL (Tobey Maguire) - A nerdy son off at boarding school who's psychedelic roomate always sleeps with his crushes.
JIM (Jamey Sheridan) - The oblivious father to anything that goes on in his household.
JANEY (Sigourney Weaver) - Mother who sleeps with anyone, is hypocritical, and causes many a problem.
MIKEY (Elijah Wood) - A troubled youth who dabbles in drugs and alcohol, and Wendy Hood. But he's also smart, and asks questions of everything.
SANDY (Adam Hann-Byrd) - The naive son who is bashful of his awkwardness and youth. He likes to play with his soldiers, and bllows up airplanes and such. Wendy shows an interest in him as well.