Independent auteur Alexander Payne turns his attention from the Midwestern settings of ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002), ELECTION (1999) and CITIZEN RUTH (1996) to sunny California in this wry, observant buddy comedy. The buddies are cynical, would-be writer Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), a has-been TV actor. At first glance, they couldn't appear more different: Jack is handsome and outgoing, while Miles is a shy, lumpen introvert. But their friendship has survived everything from disappointing careers to Miles' failed marriage. Now Jack is about to take the plunge with the daughter of a wealthy real-estate magnate and Miles proposes a weeklong vacation ...