Title: The Nest
My rating: 4/5
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
With the only similarity with my family being 4 siblings, I couldn’t help but chuckle at a lot of the banter and deception with the Plumb siblings and their friends/partners/spouses. I definitely was not expecting it to be as much of a comedy as it turned out to be. Thinking throughout what I would do if I was anticipating part of the Nest, I sincerely couldn’t pin down much. Paying off loans and other payments would be a start – maybe have a little more in savings. Otherwise, materialistic-wise I did not pay much attention. I appreciated how each of the family members (even Leo slightly) came out better because of the accident even though they were counting on The Nest since they were young. In a way, it brought them closer and more introspective. My siblings are not dependent on anything like The Nest, nor do we yearn for the lavish lifestyles the Plumbs have. However, I do wonder what will make us stronger as a 4-person unit – as we are across the U.S. and in different stages in life. So many obscure and ironic moments in the story make it that much more enjoyable as the real life is unpredictable and honestly strange!
What would you do if you were receiving part of The Nest?