Raising Flagg is a zany dramatic comedy about a small-town handyman, Flagg Purdy (Arkin). Lovable but stubborn to the core, Flagg is easily overwhelmed by life's little annoyances. Only his wife Ada is able to look past his crusty personality to the tender and vulnerable side of the father of their six children. Unfortunately, few of their eclectic clan share her feelings.
When Flagg and his neighbor Gus Falk (Austin Pendleton) get into the latest of their frequent arguments, the situation escalates and causes a crisis of identity for Flagg, who takes to bed and refuses to leave it, insisting he's about to meet his maker.
As the family reluctantly gathers at the family farmhouse, long-simmering resentments, sibling conflicts, and Flagg's worries about how he'll be remembered, all ultimately result in bringing the family closer together.