主演：詹妮弗·杰森·李 Jennifer Jason Leigh
大卫·休里斯 David Thewlis
汤姆·诺南 Tom Noonan
影片是《纽约提喻法》导演查理·考夫曼的首部停格 片。故事讲述鸡汤书籍《我该如何帮你去帮助他人》作者迈克尔·斯通（Michael Stone）来到辛辛那提，准备在一场大会上发表励志演说。这个面临中年危机的已婚男人邂逅了一位不善言辞的销售代理丽莎（Lisa），两人碰出了火花，由此展开了一段婚外情。影片讲述的是一个深陷日常平庸的人的故事。
Michael Stone is a renowned motivational speaker and author, primarily on the topic of business customer relations. But Michael is not very motivated in his own life in that he is having problems relating to people, who all seem to be melding into one big mass of the same person, that big mass of one person which even includes his wife Donna and their adolescent son Henry. He has just arrived in Cincinnati, where he will be speaking at a conference, and in the process wants to reconnect with an old flame named Bella who lives there, in the hopes both that he can make it up to her about the way they broke up, and that she will be that bright light he is looking for in another person. Their meeting is nothing like he wants and doesn’t clear up anything in his life. Alone and depressed in his hotel room, he meets Emily and Lisa, two women who will be attending his seminar at the conference. While it is Emily who usually is the one to whom most are immediately attracted, Michael instead wants to get to know Lisa, because she is different than everyone else and not included within that one big mass. His attraction to her is despite her having a scar on her face which she hides with her hair and she being non-confident in herself as a person. The question becomes what both Michael and Lisa can do to help the other in the issues the other is facing, both in the short term while they are in Cincinnati, and in the long term after the conference is over and they return to their respective lives.
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