A heartwarming melodrama pickled in calculated old-fashionedness. Hollywood, 1951: Screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) is on a roll. His "Sand Pirates of the Sahara" just opened at the bottom of a double bill with THE AFRICAN QUEEN and his next project, a hard-hitting drama about striking coal miners, is in pre-production. He has a starlet girlfriend, a snazzy car and a contract with HHS Studios. Then it all comes tumbling down: The blithely apolitical writer is accused of communist sympathies and warned that HUAC is about to subpoena him. The coal miners' picture is cancelled, his contract is cancelled and his girl dumps him like a red-hot potato. Inebriated an...