Average guy who was diagnosed with a brain tumor comes home to find his wife in the act with the plumber. She boldly tells her husband she wants a divorce as he is boring and that she wants the house, the car, and half the money. He leaves town and sets out on "adventure" winding up in Louisville on his way to SF. While in Louisville he meets up with a slutty single mom (whose mothered the two kids from different fathers--one is in Leavenworth and the other kid's father she isn't sure about) who is always on the take--always trying to strike it rich. Her loan sharks are after her.
First off Sharon Stone surprised me. She did a great southern accent--a regional southern accent--for this movie. Some people think they are doing a southern accent by mocking southerners. This was not such a performance. She was also mostly convincing as the self-centered floozy type. However, there were a few flashes of the over-the-top Sharon Stone we all are a little afraid of not to mention cringe at. I'll never forget seeing her on Oprah back in the 90s claiming she knew people who were "cured of AIDS". Oprah even threw here a life raft a couple of times. But not Sharon. She clung to her fantasy world--I'm-a-24-7-actress sensational nonsense. Of course the press just gave her a pass and buried the story. Anywho, this movie tried to be a quirky Winn-Dixie type of movie . . . . But it just didn't make it there. It showed up at the door but just didn't quite get invited to the party. The Julie Sugarbaker liberal nonsense speech from the one kid at the end was just comical when it was supposed to be the epiphany moment. The one Thelma and Louise scene about the gun stood out like some liberal at a Family Values summit. It was almost like some writer, actor, director, etc on the set was allowed to just ram into the middle of the movie some "teachable liberal moment" on gun control. It just didn't make any sense. The ending before the ending that cleared up who "Beautiful Joe" was was supposed to be a wow moment. Sorry, I am just not into the glorification of mobs,mafia, mafiosos, gangsters, etc. They are murderers, not icons. Another let down. And the real ending could have been very touching. But either that British/Irish/Welsh actor guy who played Joe was allowed to ruin it with his over-acting, milking-it moment or some director messed it up. If they had re-shot that they would have had a hit on their hands. Anyway, despite the weird moments the over all movie was watchable and entertaining. I actually turned it off as it was getting too late. And I turned it back on the next day to see "what happened".