Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) is at the top of his game. A shock-jock radio host specialising as a kind of anti-Frasier Crane, he encourages listeners to call in with their problems before humiliating them with insults and the music of Ray Charles. Living in a sterile Manhattan apartment and repulsively self-satisfied, it’s all going so well until one of his hapless callers takes his advice on going to war with yuppies literally and massacres seven people in a nightclub. Jump forward three years, and Jack is living above a video-rental store with his long suffering girlfriend, Anne, (Mercedes Ruehl), his radio career and self-worth both in tatters.
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