The life of an overweight, unhappy cook is changed after a kind, beautiful college drop-out comes to work as a waitress at his and his mother's road-side restaurant.

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Delores (as Deborah Harry)
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Leo
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Jeff
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Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a new waitress and steals Victor's heart. But Victor is too shy to do anything about it, and too self-consciously overweight to dream of winning Callie away from her demanding boyfriend, Jeff. Victor's terrible loneliness overwhelms him when he has to face losing what he loves the most. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Upstate Story  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$314,000 (USA) (12 July 1996)

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$852,362 (USA) (4 October 1996)
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1.66 : 1
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Directorial debut of James Mangold. See more »

Goofs

Victor is walking across a bridge toward the camera with a bag of groceries in one arm and just before he stops to look over the side, a fuzzy mike cover can be seen briefly in the bottom left corner of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Dolly: Why, you mustn't skip breakfast. It's the most imp... important meal.
Victor: I'm fat ma.
Dolly: You are not fat, you are not. Honey, you're husky, you're... you're well-built, you're macho!
Victor: I am fat ma!
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Referenced in Cop Land (1997) See more »

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California Thing
Written by Freedy Johnston
Performed by Freedy Johnston
Courtesy of Bar None Records
by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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He's a man so shy, he doesn't even think he deserves love...
2 November 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Solemn, but terrific mood piece about a shy, chubby cook in a rivertown restaurant who fantasizes about getting to know the new waitress who just hired on, a perky young thing with long brunette hair and a big charming smile. Graceful film never goes the commercial route, neither injecting shady characters into the mix nor throwing in blatant jokes to give the film comedic uplift. The picture is all on one level, which may drive some viewers batty with impatience, but I found the whole thing quietly invigorating. The lead character, Victor (Pruitt Taylor Vince), daydreams, watches airplanes, has secret hopes; he's a loner, and the filmmakers are careful not to flood the screen with potential conquests. There's Debbie Harry as a loose waitress with weary eyes and Liv Tyler, the new hire, who brings fantasy into Victor's life, but, as with all fantasies, the advent of reality diffuses the passionate tension. Everyone is sad in this film, and I imagine some audiences won't get with it, but I admire director James Mangold for putting this story on film so eloquently. It's a new "Marty". *** from ****


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