A man inadvertently gets caught near a car explosion, and after he recovers from his injuries realizes that he has amnesia. Soon evidence begins to mount that he could be "The Claw Hammer ... See full summary »
Man, you cannot get ahead of this film. The main character - a reasonably talented but far-from-successful LA actor - makes a series of choices in the story: selfish choices, altruistic choices, foolish choices, practical choices - and nothing, NOTHING, turns out exactly as you'd expect. Which makes it very much like life.
Urich is good in the lead. You can't help liking his character even though he's a bit of an egomaniac. And Meredith Baxter (in what amounts to a supporting role) does fine subtle work as Urich's loving but frustrated soon-to-be-ex-wife who's tired of waiting for his ship to come in.
Jeffrey Tambor's good in an early role as Urich's acerbic gay best friend, who inadvertently offers Urich an alternative to the acting life: The restaurant business. But is that what Urich really wants?
Enjoy the story. Just don't expect a rollicking comedy (which is how it was promoted). What it is, really, is a sometimes funny but more often painfully realistic, warts-and-all character study about the struggles of a 30something actor.
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