Synopsis: Mike works at his parents' motel in Kingman, population 27,000, on old Route 66. Sue sells art for a Baltimore firm to corporations for office walls. He takes one look at her from behind as she registers at the motel and determines to connect. He's sweet, but hapless, with no ambition other than spending time with her. She's enigmatic - rarely smiling, occasionally impulsive, committed to helping homeless people, feeling the clock tick after a breakup with a boyfriend who could have provided security. Is there any way he stands a chance with her? What can he offer?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Belber
Production: IDP/Samuel goldwyn Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min


Did you sweep the pool?


- Because people wanna swim.

How are you feeling today, ma?

- Feeling great, Mike. - Good.

Where's dad?

- Crossword.

Checking out of 202.

- How was your stay, Mr Edmunds?

Fine, thanks.

- Thank you so much.

So two nights, preferably upstairs.

- Oh sure.

Let's see, smoking or non-smoking?

- Non-smoking.

I got you into 203.

- Okay.

Nice room. Oh this is our snack-bar,

the prices are on the wall.


There you go.

Thank you.

Anything else you should need,

just give me a call. - Thank you very much.

Do you need help with your bags?

- No, I'm fine.

that 111's making too much noise.

Yeah, what kind of noise? - Not that kind of

noise Mike, now get your mind out of the gutter.

Apparently 111's got some

sort of grinder in there.

I thought you said to get my mind out

of the gutter? - Don't be gross, Mike.

Get some sleep, you look tired.

- I'm not tired.

You look tired.

- You're the one who's sick, ma.

Now that's a nice thing to say.

Sorry. I love you.

Love you too.

- Good night, dad. - All right.

Who is it?

- Management.


- Management. Welcome gift.


- Hi.

I have your complimentary bottle... welcome gift.

Wine. It's on the house.

I'm uh, oh, Mike. And I am with management.

Nice to meet you, Mike.

- Oh it's... uh... my pleasure.

So, where would you like it?

- You know what I can just, I can just take it.

Oh, okay.

Do you uh, I'm sorry.

Would you like me to open it? For you?

I mean. Yeah, cause sometimes

guests don't have screws. Or, screws.

Yeah, okay, sure.

Just close this here.


Anything interesting tonight?

I haven't really been paying attention.

I know the feeling.

You know,

there should be cups in the bathroom.

Completely sanitary.

- That's good.

Wine is delicious.

Shall I?

Okay, sure.

Pretty good year.

Sometimes guests like me

to join in and have a taste.

Is that right?

- Not always but... often.

Should be another cup in the bathroom.

- I should get to work Mike, so...

What do you do?

- I sell paintings.

Really? I love paintings. What kind?

That kind.

Oooooh. Nice.

So that's what you're doing in town.

I give presentations tomorrow and

then I fly out the next morning.

What say... the company that you work for?

- It's called Corporate Bliss.

And where you guys HQ?

- Maryland.


Wait! 'Maryland, is for lovers'.

It's Virginia, actually 'Virginia is for lovers'.

'Maryland is for crabs'.

- Yeah, you're right.

Okay Mike... - Okay, I gotta get back to work.

Oh, solitary, great game.

Okay, I'm gonna be down in the lobby till 11,

then in my apartment after that.

But I can always be reached by a

front door buzzer. From then on. Just

take it easy on your solitary problem.

Yeah, have a great night.

- Good night!

...laundry room and then I came down

here into the lobby, and that's when

I realized that your establishment

doesn't have any options for recycling.

You're absolutely right, we don't.

Which I apologize for.

It's something we're working on. But as you

may know the Kingman area has been a little

slow to fully embrace the recycling issue.

- It's been voted on to...

What should I do with this bottle?

Well... - I'm sorry, I don't mean to be rude,

but this is something that I'm just,

I'm very passionate about.


- Yes, recycling.

Let me take it. I'll do it.

I was gonna make a recycling round anyway.

Well, that's nice of you.

This is my son Michael,

he is the official night manager.

Thank you.

It's very nice of you.

You bet. I'll just be out the back

here with all my other ones.

I got a pretty good, big pile...

Who is it?

- Mike.

Oh god.


- Why?

We give it to all our guests

who stay for two nights.

Wow, that's a pretty good deal.

Did you and your mom come

up with that on your own?

So shall I?

Why not?

Rserve. You know,

they're always at the same place. The cups.

Thank you.

Do you make a toast, Mike?

- Hm, yeah, sure.

You're Sue, right?

- Yeah.

Here's to... people being happy!

How were your presentations today?


You have a great butt.

I noticed the moment you checked in and...

Thank you.

Hope that isn't too, you know...

- No. I mean yeah, but...

Thank you.

Do you do this a lot, Mike?

- No.


- Fairly rarely.

Does it ever work?

- Never.

What would constitute having it work?

Us having sex?

You getting to touch my butt?

That would...

Yeah, I'd consider that... fairly... constitution...


You can touch my butt but then you gotta go.


- Are you serious?

Yeah, touch it and go, Mike! Just touch and go.

You're sure from Maryland?

- Yeah.

Where about?

- Columbia. What about you?

Here. Kingman.

It's very warm.

Okay, Mike. I got an early plane to

catch and well... - Yeah, me too.

Bye bye now.

- Bye.

Mom? Hi, it's me. I'm just checking in.

I'm in Kingman, Arizona.

Okay, that's it.

I love you and I miss you. Okay.

Hi Sue.

- Hi.

I was wondering if I could snag your cellphone

number or your email before you left?

I don't think so, Mike.

- Why not?

Ah... not my style.

But... we... you know, I uh, touched your butt.

I know. And it was nice.

I just think that's all she wrote.

That was...

Mike, are those high boots? - Yeah.

- You're not gonna get these off.

You're all checked out?

- Yeah, I get it with your wife. Earlier.

Hey, dad.

Oh! Come back and see us some time.

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Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber (born March 3, 1967) is an American playwright, screenwriter and film director. His plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 50 countries. He directed the film adaptation of his Broadway play, Match, starring Patrick Stewart, (playing the Tony nominated role created by Frank Langella). He also wrote and directed the film Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson. Belber was an actor and associate write on The Laramie Project, (which later became an HBO film, for which he received an Emmy nomination), as well as a co-writer of The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later. more…

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