Picks and Pans Review: Factotum

updated 08/28/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei
DRAMA

A factotum is a person who performs various tasks. Technically, this term should not apply to Henry Chinaski (Dillon), who finds odd jobs in pickle factories and bike-supply warehouses, but invariably goes MIA after a few hours to marinate at the local bar. The alter ego of writer-poet Charles Bukowski (who wrote the novel Factotum in 1975), Henry stumbles through life, falls for a fellow alcoholic (Taylor) and writes about the monotony of it all. Dillon nails the occasional quip, but one mostly feels trapped in a drunk tank. (R)

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