Captain Glenn (Patrick Wilson) is a struggling alcoholic and an arguably bad captain for Omega 76. To this end, his is sent a new assist captain, Jessica (Liv Tyler) to help him, and ensure that he continues to do his job properly. Ted (Matt Bomer), the robotic armed mechanic, and Misty (Marisa Coughlan) are undergoing relationship issues, with Misty taking far too quickly to the station's new medication features. As the strong personalities of the residents collide to a funky disco beat, the resultant mix of suburban feuding and retro sci-fi creates an explosion of hilarity.
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Thing is, Winter had a great intuition unfortunately neither Hollywood nor the public was in a like mind. Freaked floundered and sank and now, after years of rumors, the gimp is back out of the trunk. And it's a groovy thing.
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Our protagonist is the restaurant's bartender, Chris Calloway (Adrien Brody - Summer of Sam, Six Ways to Sunday), a struggling playwright weaving his real life problems into his first play -- a work in progress that he can't seem to finish. When he meets the newest waitress Jeanine (Elise Neal - Mission to Mars) and they hit it off, he's faced with his second interracial relationship (the first being Lauryn Hill, who we see mostly as a picture on the refrigerator). Chris can't figure out why he likes black women so much, especially after his Italian father raised him to be a bigot. This dilemma is portrayed in his unfinished play, which is the story of a white man that can't deal with the external pressures of having a black girlfriend, even though he's madly in love. As he tries to make sense of his feelings, he gets caught up in the past when his ex (Hill) shows up at a friend's wedding. Because his relationship with her ended on such a bizarre note, he can't put it behind him, which prevents him from devoting his heart to Jeanine, and finally, thwarts him from finishing the play. Whew!
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There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.