|Jeff Daniels||Bernard Berkman|
|Laura Linney||Joan Berkman|
|Jesse Eisenberg||Walt Berkman|
|Owen Kline||Frank Berkman|
A pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of their erudite parents, Bernard and Joan Berkman . Older sibling Walt sides with dad and acts out at school, while younger brother Frank quietly backs up mom. The household tension rises further when Joan's writing career takes off and surpasses the failed ambitions of her professor ex-husband.