This character drama, set in a local pub in rural New York State, focuses on the lives, thoughts, and emotions of a group of social outcasts. The lead misfit is Victor, a shy and very rotund man in his '30s who works as a pizza maker in a roadside inn. His mother, Dolly owns the establishment. She dominates his life. The senior waitress there is Dolores, an aging woman with a reputation for being easy. Dolores is resentful when Dolly hires the vivacious teenager Callie, who is in love with Jeff, a garage mechanic. Victor develops a painful crush on Callie and fantasizes about rescuing her from a life with Jeff. To help himself, he begins to diet and enrolls at a chef school. His mother becomes suddenly ill. Then Delores makes a pass at him, but he doesn't respond. He does however, feel emboldened to make a play for Callie. His actions lead him into a new world of expression.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 104min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 06/24/1996
- DVD Release Date: 09/21/1999
Pruitt Taylor Vince
- Themes: Eccentric Families,Single Parents,Misfits and Outsiders,Unrequited Love,Mothers and Sons
- Tone: Fanciful,Gentle,Understated,Melancholy,Bittersweet,Intimate,Compassionate,Downbeat,Meditative,Somber,Poignant
waiter/waitress, crush, death-in-family, diet, misfit, mother, overweight, pizza, promiscuity, pub, waiter
- Language: English