Synopsis: After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Stephen Gyllenhaal
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min


a long line of cars

and they're trying

to get through

there's no single



no central destination

but this

long line of cars

is trying

to get through

and this long line

of cars

is all because of you

you don't wonder

where we're going

or remember

where we've been

you've got to keep

this traffic flowing

and accept a little spin

so this long line

of cars

will never have an end

and this long line

of cars

keeps coming

around the bend

Nice bear suit,


From the streets

of Sacramento

to the freeways of L.A.

We've got to keep

this fire burning

and accept a little gray

so this long line

of cars

is trying to break free

and this long line

of cars

is all because of me


a long line of cars

long line of cars

[ telephone rings ]


It's just not

working out, Phil.

You're not happy

with us

and we're not happy

with you.

I'm sorry, but how do you know

I'm not happy with you?

I read what you write.

It's between the lines.

You're firing me

for subtext?

You're not being


I don't find this

to be a very

constructive experience.

Let's not burn

any Bridges, Phil.



You can show people,

all right?

You said so yourself

a hundred times over,

it's a stepping stone.

To what?

I'm finished, em,


Fired from the stranger?

You can't get any lower.

Why'd I ever leave

that job in Memphis?

To fall in love with me.

That's why.

My parents

are gonna kill me.

Man on TV:
The secret

to our ab slammer

is our ab slammer

patented technique.

Oh, it's amazing.

You mean I only need

to do this video

three days a week

to get the beach body

I've always dreamed of?

Man on TV:
Are you forced to

spread butter with a knife

like some sort of caveman?

Are you gonna come to bed?

Introducing sputter.

It's spreadable butter.


[ static ]

The issue of research

involving stem cells

derived from human embryos

is increasingly

the subject...

answering machine:

You've reached 861-4800.

To leave a message for Phil,

press one; For Doug, press two;

for snow wolf, press three;

And for Emily, press four.

[ Beep ]

Hey, a**hole, grant here.

Come on, pick up!

Pick up! Pick up!

I know you're sitting

on the couch, right?

Right in the middle of that

stinky couch of yours.

Come on, pick up the phone!

Pick up! Pick up! Pick up!

So you got sacked?

You leaving town?

I should.

Answer my question.

No, no. I've got Emily

and there's...

good, we need to talk.

Meet me at the comet

in 20 minutes,

and don't be late.

[ Music plays ]

They say

it's called the comet


one landed here once,

but do comets land, man?

Oh, bravo!

Free at last.

You did it.

No, seriously,

corporate employment

is as dead as

the old world order.

You should thank Nick

for pulling the scales

off your eyes.

The usual.

Why weren't you at

the cha-cha last night?

Dude, the murder city devils

destroyed it without...

murder city devils?

Are they local?

Oh, my God, are you

serious right now?

F*** me, man!

What do you listen to,

Celine Dion?

No wonder they sacked you.

Hey, where's his tomato?

Come on.

You know what?

It's fine, all right?

It's fine

because, because

I'm coming to a really,

really big decision

and I want you to be

the first to hear about it.

The city council primaries?

I'm gonna run.

I'm serious.

It's because

of this guy, huh?

Richard McIver.

He has got to go down.

He's awful,

and no one with, like,

three working brain cells

is stepping up to run

against him, so I'm going to.

[ Scoffs ]

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Stephen Gyllenhaal

Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal (; born October 4, 1949) is an American film director and poet. He is the father of actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal. more…

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