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Writer-director Hal Hartley delivers on the promise of his earlier films here. In this intricate, witty tale, a literary genius (Thomas Jay Ryan) inspires his newfound garbageman friend (James Uraniak) to take up the pen and end years of abuse from just about everyone, including his mother (Maria Porter) and sister (Parker Posey). But Simon's writing has strange effects on just about everybody who reads it.
It's easily Hartley's best work and definitely worth a viewing, though it seems longer than its two-hour-plus running time.