Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He’s struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discrete. As if Barkley’s world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: “There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead.”


Eli Michaelson . . . Alan Rickman
Sarah Michaelson . . . Mary Steenburgen
Barkley . . . Bryan Greenberg
Thaddeus James . . . Shawn Hatosy
Max Mariner . . . Bill Pullman
City Hall . . . Eliza Dushku
Harvey Parish . . . Ted Danson
George Gastner . . . Danny DeVito
Beth Chapman . . . Lindy Booth


Director . . . Randall Miller
Writers . . . Jody Savin, Randall Miller
Director of Photography . . . Michael Ozier
Production Designer . . . Craig Stearns
Music . . . Paul Oakenfold, Mark Adler
Costumes . . . Kathryn Morrison
Producers . . . Jody Savin, Randall Miller