Based on his own experiences, writer and director Alexandre Rockwell has crafted a modern day black-and-white (outstanding cinematography by Phil Parmet) classic off-beat comedy. Steve Buscemi plays, Adolpho Rollo, a penniless writer with a 500-page screenplay to sell. When he puts a small ad in the paper it attracts the backing of larger-than-life criminal Joe (Seymour Cassel). Joe agrees to give Adolpho the money to make his film but only if he helps him make (steal) the money in the first place and spend a good deal of it in the process. Joe then takes Adolpho on a liberating journey through Manhattan, introducing the writer to the wilder side of life, including encouraging him to chat up the girl of his dreams; Jennifer Beals as the beautiful woman next door.