I remember this one making pretty big waves when it came out, what with all Oscar buzz type stuff. At the time I really wanted to see it, but for whatever reason never did, and now here we are like 12 years later.
What has happened to Billy Bob Thornton? He's not a only a talented actor with a considerable range, but also a skilled writer and director. Clearly he's a multitalented guy, but now he doesn't seem to do anything anymore except play Bad Santa over and over again. And don't get me wrong, he was great in Bad Santa and it's an amazingly funny movie, but it seems like it ruined his career. Now he just plays bitter assholes in dark comedies.
He hasn't directed a movie since the (quite good) All the Pretty Horses, and hasn't played a unique, interesting character in who knows how long... is it too much to ask that he writes another role for himself?