Remake of Jules et Jim following the experiences over a decade of two friends who fall in love with the same woman, enjoyably satirising the 70’s through the search by the three protagonists for their identities and making sharp attacks on cultural signposts of the decade along the way. The film also studies relationships, what its director calls “wanting something permanent yet wanting to be free”.
Shy bachelor Bob asks his best friend Ted to keep him company during his first date in his pad with the girl he met at a classical concert and fell in love with. However, Ted also likes her and the date goes terribly wrong for Bob.
Chris and Alice are a happily married couple with two children. After too many drinks at the anniversary dinner, Chris reveals to his in-laws that he and Alice engaged in pre-marital sex in the year previous to their marriage. Upon returning home, Chris and Alice argue over his inebriated confession in front of her parents, which is overheard by the children. Thinking their parents will divorce, daughter Debbie reveals the argument on a popularly televised kid’s show.
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she’s widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she’s assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn’t go as plan, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albania prison. And it’s up to her to get them out.
Three con artists try to fool an African militant by selling him a bogus shipment of arms. Things go awry however, when the three have plotted to double-cross each other in trying to take the money.
Unknown writer Jonathan Briggs is tricked into buying in to a struggling western magazine only to find that all is not as it appears. In the meantime, he falls for the publisher’s assistant and complications arise.
Erwin Trowbridge is a meek salesman blessed with the ability to predict winners in horse races. Even though he only dopes them out on paper and never actually bets, his wife is suspicious of his interest in horses and he’s continuously bullied and browbeaten by his overbearing brother-in-law. Seeking solace in a few drinks in a local saloon, a trio of degenerate Runyonesque gamblers discover his talent and keep him a virtual prisoner in a room above the bar where they pressure him to continue to feed them his picks.
A pair of movie stuntmen and some bit players take to the road after becoming disgusted with the self-indulgent Hollywood lifestyle.