Balding New Jerseyite Elliot (Pantoliano) refers to himself—in heavyhearted
narration, printed flyers and to anyone within earshot—as "the loser." While
actor Pantoliano happens to be a world-champion whiner (Memento, The
Matrix), the idea that his character has been carrying on like this for
years, always with a cadre of supportive friends nodding patiently and
supporting him financially, is a contrivance bordering on the infuriating. The
arrival of childhood friend Richard (Gaines), now a big-shot Hollywood producer,
sends the movie into cloying self-aggrandizement.