Alice has two children, Jess and Casey, which also bear witness to their mother’s deterioration from alcohol addiction. This family appears to be living a wonderful life in their San Francisco home, until Alice’s alcohol use is marked by loss of control and inability to abstain. There are a number of situations in the beginning half of the movie that demonstrate this lack of control and inability to abstain. For example, for their anniversary Michael and Alice go out to dinner and dancing. When they return home Alice is intoxicated and when a car alarm begins to go off on the street Alice proceeds to smash eggs all over the vehicle.