When Jack Scanlan (Jack Warden) dies suddenly, his family wants to give him a fitting funeral. However, now that they're all in one place, each family member's problems come to the surface. The oldest son, Johnny (Bob Hoskins), tries his best to head the family, but he finds the task overwhelming. Dimwitted brother Frank (William Petersen) wants to help, but can hardly handle his daughter's pregnancy. Sisters Terry (Pamela Reed) and Nora also arrive to add to the commotion.