John (Jeff Goldblum) likes his chardonnay but picks the wrong day to be meticulous about scratched bottle labels when an armed robber holds up his favorite deli and a store clerk, Auggie Rose (Kim Coates), gets shot in the gut after stepping out of the store’s storage area with a replacement bottle. It’s a tragic enough moment to thrust an upstanding insurance salesman like John into an existential crisis. John, guilt-ridden by Auggie’s non-place in the world, tries desperately to locate the dead man’s next of kin, but all he finds is a dreamy Celestia: Lucy (Anne Heche). John disses his girlfriend, moves into Auggie’s old abode, feeds the next-door neighbor’s plants and shacks up with Auggie’s pen-pal honey, after which it seems only inevitable that he should take a job at a deli and continue Auggie’s layman legacy. Timothy Olyphant plays his typical bad-boy self as an ex-con trying to convince Auggie/John to engage in a bank heist, and though Auggie Rose has the makings of a TV movie, director Matthew Tabak engages noir idiom to quaint effect. Identities shift and lives are reevaluated when John decides to go slumming, and though his transformation into a common man may not be very likely, Goldblum’s performance is as convincing as the ecstasy-stoked glaze on the face of Heche’s Midwest gal.
- Roxie Releasing
- 109 min
- Matthew Tabak
- Matthew Tabak
- Jeff Goldblum, Anne Heche, Nancy Travis, Timothy Olyphant, Joe Santos, Richard T. Jones, Kim Coates
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