When Andera first meets the guys in Stinky's bar she orders six shots of whiskey.She pours four of the six glasses and pauses to hand the fourth glass to Willie. You watch two fill up and then it cuts away to her face as she pours the seventh shot but she keeps pouring - at least three shot glasses worth.
Willie Conway (Hutton) is back home in the Midwest for his high school reunion, but more than that, to try and make some decisions about his future.
He finds that nothing much has changed-- the town, or his old friends, most of whom seem to be exerting more time and energy attempting to cling to what was, rather than moving on with their lives.
Tommy Rowland (Dillon), for instance, the high school `hero,' as it were, now drives a snowplow; for all intents and purposes, his life `peaked' in high school, and he can't seem to get past it.
New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion.
The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally.
He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job.
He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover.
Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives.
Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family.
Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her.
And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ...