Allen plays Tommy, a recent release from prison who is eager to start fresh with the help of his sister, Viki (Weaver). Her cynical husband, portrayed by The Closer’s JK Simmons, doesn’t agree with Viki’s assessment that her brother can change for the better.
Yet still, Tommy moves in with his sister and their otherwise happy family. Only problem is Allen’s Tommy wants to break free of Viki’s house and take care of two important issues close to his heart.
The first is to find his lost love Christy (Modern Family’s Julie Bowen) and the second is to revive his father’s business. Viki, although she meant well, had told Tommy that Christy died in a car wreck.
Wonder how that is going to go?
Joining the cast as Allen’s probation officer is Big Love star Jeanne Tripplehorn and as an old friend of Tommy’s is Ray Liotta.
Allen spoke of what it was about this story and this cast that compelled him to also direct as well as star.
“I love comedy and I love stories about relationships with family. I find they are often one in the same. Crazy on the Outside is a high comedy farce with a brother-sister relationship at its core,” Allen said.
“Thematically, this story also encompasses bad choices, second chances and elements of recovery, with falling off the wagon represented in the typical human fight we all face of good versus bad. What personalizes it for me is the road we walk that inevitability leads to choices. Which road do we take -- the easy, comfortable path, or the one less traveled -- the one unknown?”
Allen adds that the sibling element of Crazy on the Outside is also what pulled him behind the camera. “I really see the brother-sister dynamic as driving this story. Family bonds are tight when they are active. These two siblings share a collective back-story involving tragedy (the death of their parents) and they responded in two very different ways,” Allen said.
“Tommy went against life, and his sister Viki took to embrace and support it, with the caveat that she has a loose interpretation of the truth. I have a close relationship with my own sister and it sometimes has an intense give and take. We say things, grow and exchange like only siblings can. I found both Sigourney, and her character Viki, to have very similar nuances to that of my own sister. This made it relevant and great fun.”
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