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|Eric Stoltz||Jake Briggs|
|Mary-Louise Parker||Joanne White|
|Tony Curtis||Carl Fisher|
|Timothy Dalton||Elliot Price|
|Whoopi Goldberg||Tragedy Mask on Theater Wall|
|Kathleen Turner||Dana Coles|
|Calista Flockhart||Acting Student|
|Lisa Gay Hamilton||Marty|
|Roscoe Lee Browne||Mr. Ried|
|Jill Clayburgh||Shirley, Jake's Mother|
The film is narrated in flashback by Jake Briggs (Eric Stoltz), a young aspiring playwright, culminating in the production of one of his plays off-Broadway by agent Carl Fisher (Tony Curtis). The play is a flop, at least in part because the lead parts are given to two actors, Dana Coles and Jason Brett (Kathleen Turner and Chris Noth), who are "not right" for the roles. Along the journey, Jake reviews his relationships with girlfriend Joanne (Mary-Louise Parker), best friend Chris (Ralph Macchio), his mother Shirley (Jill Clayburgh), and his mostly absentee father Roman (Paul Guilfoyle). The film ends with Jake and Joanne going their separate ways, mostly because of competing career goals, and Jake hoping to write more plays with greater success.
DVD : 2004-09-07