The lives of a dysfunctional redneck family will change when they suddenly discover that an alien in a human form known as “Spencer” is hiding on their backyard.
The family decides to provide him shelter from some people who are searching from him. However the family dosn't know that Spencer arrived to the planet Earth so he can feed from the negative emotions of the people, like hatred, sadness and shame, so he can gain the positive ones like joy, hope and empathy, so he can feel more human.
But Spencer will soon discover that the more it feeds on the family's negativity, they feel increasingly positive and their lives are repaired, and for Spencer that might be kind of a bad thing.
(This independent movie is a quirky black comedy and at the same time, a character study about Spencer. Spencer's intentions are never cleared, it let's the viewer to decide if what he's doing is a good or bad thing, if he came here to repair the Mclaughlins lives, or only to take advantage of their negativity. Also the movie ends in an ambiguous way)
RATED R for language including sexual references
Spencer: An alien with the form of a 30 year old guy. He starts as an emotionless and awkward alien, but while he feeds from the negativity of the Mclaughlins he becomes a more optimistic, funny and charismatic dude, but when the family is happy, he begins to feel just as negative as they were before. The Mclaughlins gets a little bit weirded out by Spencer's behaviors, they even think he might be bipolar. During the course of the film, he feels more and more sympathetic to the Mclaughlins, and he dosn't want to experience the negative emotions because that might ruin their friendship with them.
Mildred Mclaughlin: A mid 30s unhappy and kinda rude woman who dreams of one day being happy once again. During her childhood, Mildred lived in San Francisco with her mom and dad, but her mother was very abusive to her so her grandmother take Mildred to live on the countryside with her. She wants to keep his family together, she is dealing with the death of her grandmother, she works hard, but at the end almost everything for her goes wrong. She recalls the first years of marriage with Bobby were the happiest moments of their whole life. But during the film, she becomes a more optimistic and hopeful woman who thinks that everything is going to be Ok.
Bobby Mclaughlin: Mildred's mid 40s redneck husband. He met Mildred on a bar and since then they became best friends and then lovers. They lived a happy marriage, but now their marriage is on the verge of falling apart. He can act very suave and chill, but he at times is very angry, he usually gets drunk and even at times he threathens people with his shotgun, even if he never uses it.
Dale Mclaughlin: The Mclaughlins 13 year old son. He acts very rebellious with his parents, he dosn't feel confortable living in the countryside anymore and he wants to see the city. He is already tired of going to school, and having to endure his mean teacher.
Dr. Brett Cummings: A mid 50s scientist who is investigating Spencer. He orders military men to go and find him dead or alive since he escaped from the laboratory. He is a very calm and wise scientist, but he is still the antagonist of the film, who thinks Spencer is a threat to the humanity.
Mr. Brand: Dale's mid 40s teacher. He likes to embarass his students all the time, everyone is afraid of him, even the bullies.
Mildred's grandmother: A 82 year old woman who took care for Mildred during his childhood in the countryside, since his mother was very mean and abusive to her. She was a sweet grandmother who gave love to Mildred, she cooked her cookies and showed her the peacefulness of living away from the city. She later dies from natural causes. She is played by a veteran actress.
Mildred's mother and father: Her mom was very abusive to her, she treated her like crap. Her father on the other hand, tries to calm his wife down, he is sympathetic to her daughter. They only appear on Mildred's flashbacks.
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