Things aren't going so well for Tommy Basilio. He lost his job because he "borrowed" money from the register, his girlfriend left him for his boss and is now pregnant, and he can't find work because of the incident. His life revolves around the Trees Lounge, a neighborhood bar over which he lives, full of the colorful eccentrics one finds in such places, like the estranged husband, or the old boozer drinking himself to death. He drunkenly wanders through his life, still in love with his ex, desperate for some sort of meaning beyond the bar, some sort of meaning to his life. Written by
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About eight minutes in, just before Tommy (Steve Buscemi) drives up to the garage, where he has dialogue with Johnny the mechanic (John Ventimiglia) about his car's problem, he passes a parking lot. Walking towards the lot are three men wearing dark suits walking together in the distance. It was originally thought of as Buscemi's homage to his first big movie role, Reservoir Dogs (1992), but when asked, Buscemi said it was just a coincidence. See more »
During the wake, when Tommy and Debbie are praying over Uncle Al's body, you can see Seymour breathing, even though he is suppose to be a dead body in a casket. See more »
[Tommy is immitating Marlon Brando from "On the Waterfront"]
I coulda been somebody, instead of just an ice cream truck driver, which is what I am, let's face it.
Who was that, Jerry Lewis?
Jerry Lewis? You thought that was Jerry Lewis?
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Whenever one thinks of Steve Buscemi the actor, one probably thinks of the line about his character in FARGO, where a girl says, "Well, he was funny looking...more than most people, even." That has more or less summed up the parts Buscemi has played throughout the years, way back to the mini-series of LONESOME DOVE. But he's got more range than that, as he showed in LIVING IN OBLIVION(1995), and this movie, which he also wrote and directed. The nice surprise is he also has the makings of a fine writer and director. There's no real plot here, which undoubtedly will throw some people(and has, if some of the comments are any indication), just observing a certain type of people(working-class and barflies) and how they live their lives. While it may drag at times, there's enough truth and detail to keep you interested. Buscemi also directs actors well; this is the film which convinced me Chloe Sevigny was for real. I understand Buscemi is making another film; I look forward to it.
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