Without giving away too much of the plot, the film is basically 3 short films that all merge at the end. Its great to sit there and watch the three play out and the payback for your time is well invested.
Ronna is the title of the first ‘chapter’ of this story. Ronna Martin, played by Sarah Polley, is struggling to earn some money to avoid being evicted. At the start of the film we see her trying to work as many shifts as she can in a small Supermarket. When she volunteers to cover for Simon, played by Desmond Askew, who is going on a trip to Vegas, she stumbles upon the chance of making the extra money she needs. Simon is a small time drug dealer, and when two guys (Adam and Zack) come looking to score some Ecstasy, Ronna jumps at the chance of making some extra cash. With Simon out of the picture she decides to go straight to his supplier, Todd Gaines, played with real menace by Fichtner. Ronna plans on buying the drugs direct, and then on marking the price up to sell onto Adam and Zack, thus making the extra money she needs. A simple plan that slowly goes completely and horribly wrong.
Simon is the title of the second chapter of the story. At the dramatic end of the previous segment, the film jumps back to the beginning to start all over again – only this time from Simon’s perspective. Simon bribes the only too willing Ronna to cover him at the Supermarket so that he can go off for a wild night in Vegas with his friends. If Ronna was the drugs chapter of this film then Simon is the sex chapter to go with it. They planned on having a wild time and that’s certainly what happens, with a load of laughs along the way. But of course, the laughter soon ends as events unfold.
Adam & Zack is the third and final chapter of the film. Again the story jumps back to the beginning and this time around follows Adam, Scott Wolf, and Zack, Jay Mohr, as they try and score some Ecstasy for a Rave warehouse party called the Mary X-Mas Superfest. This wonderful cringe worthy chapter has some of the best moments in the film, as the three segments finally begins to come together. And how. —Thedigitalfix.com
Douglas Eric “Doug” Liman (born July 24, 1965) is an American film director and producer best known for Swingers (1996), The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Jumper (2008), and Fair Game (2010).
Liman was born in New York City, the son of Ellen (née Fogelson), a painter and writer, and Arthur L. Liman, a New York lawyer well known for his public service, which included serving as chief counsel for the Senate Iran-Contra hearings. He is Jewish.
Liman began making short films while still in junior high school and studied at International Center of Photography in New York City. While attending Brown University, he helped to co-found the student-run cable television station BTV and served as its first station manager. With the help of a major grant through his father’s connections from the now-defunct CBS Foundation, he also co-founded the National Association of College Broadcasters (NACB), the first trade association geared to student-staffed radio and… read more
Fits in right with the Spun Clerks SLC Punk Rules of Attraction 90s era entertainment and look. The first story was the real meat and should have allowed itself to escalate further and further, instead the movie gets bored and decides to be quirky instead, the rest is good for a laugh but otherwise not all that gripping; worse, the characters don't learn anything and their shenanigans go unchecked. --PolarisDiB