Wilson Joel’s wife committed suicide. She left a letter for him but he hasn’t been able to open it. Liza’s mother wants him to open it now so she can find out more information about why this happened but the letter doesn’t have her name on it. Wilson starts to inhale fumes from gasoline and model airplane fuel to relieve his constant pain. He buys a model airplane to explain the buying of the airplane fuel and it is stolen from his car. He gets into a confrontation with the manager of a restaurant over tearing out a page from the desk copy of the yellow pages. A policeman comes to talk to him about his actions and behavior. Wilson’s employer wants to help him and a co-worker arranges a job interview for him for a different job. He can’t get himself together for his current job or for the new job he’s accepted. He learns about competitions between remote control model enthusiasts and attending these events saves him for a time.
You can really feel Wilson’s pain and his mother-in-law usually is not helping him. There are two teens in the movie that are also sniffing gasoline and model
airplane fuel. Sniffing causes intoxication from the 25% level of aromatics. Australia refines gasoline with 5% aromatics that weakens the effects. Inhalation can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination, wheezing and a bloody nose. Heart rhythms can be disrupted, oxygen levels lowered, damage to the brain, heart, kidneys and liver. I’m not sure about the ending since it's ambiguous? 3 (This movie is OK)
90 min, Drama directed by Todd Louiso with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annie Morgan, Kathy Bates, J.D. Walsh, Jimmy Raskin, Erika Alexander, Sarah Koskoff, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jack Kehler.
Note: Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 53% critic 77% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*.
Special Note: This movie was filmed in Louisiana and Alabama. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s brother Gordy wrote the screenplay. Awarded the prize for best screenplay at Sundance Film Festival.