Life isn't easy for Ecuadorian dishwasher Jorge (Octavio Gómez), who works at the Olympic diner under the management of a beneficent boss played by Mandy Patinkin. Jorge is painfully shy and almost mute in his loneliness. All he does is wash dishes and sleep, moving from work to hovel with his head hung low and his hat pulled down. His humdrum existence is shaken by the arrival of a vivacious new Chinese immigrant waitress named Amy (Eugenia Yuan) who couldn't be sweeter to him and tries to get him to come out of his shell. Getting in the way, however, is loudmouth cook Jerry (Aaron Paul), a real jerk who bullies and teases Jorge to the point of cruelty. At the same time, Jerry makes flirtatious moves on Amy, and Jorge, who is slowly developing a crush on her, is flummoxed even further. His attempts to give her small gifts he's picked up at the local thrift store are both pathetic and touching.
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Pete Postlethwaite stars as Guinness-swilling Everyman Hubert, who, for no apparent reason, suddenly turns into a large white rat (he was a white man, they say, so it would be ridiculous for him to turn into a black rat!). That's not the point of the film, though -- the point is that no one seems to care very much about Hubert's predicament, staging a series of mundane problems around Hubert's dilemma. The local reporter wants to write a book about Hubert. Hubert gets tossed into a washing machine. Hubert bites his wife's finger. By the time Hubert suddenly turns back into a man again, we've utterly forgotten why we should care about him in the first place.
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