A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »
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
Gary Dickerson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
Billy, Stan got new glasses.
Show him your glasses.
He don't like 'em.
Get ready, Bill.
[puts glasses on]
You look like an idiot.
Go fuck, Billy!
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This semi-biographical tale centres around a down on his luck, yet
charismatic bar fly, set on his way to self destruction. Buscemi'second
self directed/penned feature is slower paced than some might expect.
This in no way detracts from the overall brilliance and charm that
trees lounge conveys. Tommy's character, while on the surface, demands
both pity and sympathy. It's in his anti-heroic attributes ie.
selfishness and callousness, that make the film so human and
believable. American releases as passionate and warm as Trees Lounge do
not come around as often anymore, with only The Station Agent coming
close. So enjoy.
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