Dean (Bell), living amidst the curving cul-de-sacs of a subdivision, discovers the hanged body of his best friend Troy. But nobody really cares, especially his self-absorbed parents - a self-help author and a Better Homes & Gardens housewife.
Meanwhile a trio of neighborhood ragamuffins approach Dean to cough up Troy's stash of "feel good pills", which Troy used to sell. Following a stream of threats, the trio concocts a scheme to kidnap Dean's little brother (Culkin). Only they snatch the wrong kid, and this one's mother is too caught up in wedding preparations (with the nutso Mayor played by Fiennes) to notice he's missing.