Based on the stage play of the same name. Lois Smith reprises her role as Marjorie, having previously appeared in two productions of the play.
In one scene in the kitchen, there is a print by American-Latvian artist Vija Celmins prominently displayed. Many of Celmins' artworks are identical copies of everyday objects or photorealistic drawings of natural phenomena.
The film's primary supporting cast members, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, are both Academy Award winners for their supporting roles in The Accidental Tourist (1988) and Mystic River (2003), respectively.