Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives... See full summary »
Nick is desperate, holed up in a cheap hotel, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won't let him in: his moods swing. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Their sojourn - on foot and in a city bus - takes them to a bar, a club, toward a movie theater, to the cemetery where Nick's mom is buried, and to Nick's girlfriend's apartment. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who's getting information from someone is indeed looking for Nick. Written by
Elaine May gives us a real portrait of friendship that hacks like Tarantino and LaBute could only dream of making. She doesn't get hung up on the hipness or the coolness of her characters. Mikey and Nicky are people she forces us to care about. They are reflections of ourselves, even if we have never been wanted by the mob. Elaine May gives us reasons to relate to and to sympathize with Mikey and Nicky, but she also shows us reasons to feel out and out disgust for them. Our decisions and emotions are not simple and our view of this characters cannot be one-sided. No one wears white. No one wears black. There is no right, no wrong. It's not about witty dialogue and unique and jaded perspectives on life. This film is life and it's not pretty and easy to swallow, but it is honest.
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