As a caregiver she's drawn back into Tammy's chaotic orbit but salvation may be around the corner.
When she's too broke to afford booze she's making her daughter Kathy's Anastasia Phillips life miserable.
He may be the architect of his own demise but Abrams keeps the audience on side.
He was once a hotshot, an up-and-comer, but now is being left behind and it has crushed him.
The use of occasional animation sections adds visual interest to an already cool looking film — Barnaby has a deadly eye for composition — and will even make you laugh from time to time.
As Kathy, Phillips finds the balance between heartfelt love for her mother and hatred for the way she has been treated.