It's Austin, Texas.
Turning the wheels of absurdities, script writer Bob Byington had two things happen to him which became the basis for this movie. He was asked to sign a get well card for a man who had one day to live. Then on the same day sitting alone in a coffee shop he overheard a heated argument from a man on his cell phone. He thought the argument was about divorce, death, bankruptcy, something serious. Turned out, it was a husband yelling at his wife because she couldn’t figure out how to get the vacuum cleaner started. Byington said to himself, “I think I’ve found the workings for a script.”
The movie is about Harmony (Justin Rice), a heartbroken man. He finds angst in every step and every moment of his day. Each day he tries to make sense of the endless boredom at his high tech job along with the age old questions to life - why doesn’t she love me; who is this mother of mine; why do I have to have these two brothers and, what exactly am I doing here? Harmony walks through life in a daze hoping something will happen to him.
The movie hails from the capital of hip, or does anyone really care, Austin. In sync with the losing the girl you think you love theme and the exposed laid back wackiness of Austin gives this film a lingering after thought. There’s a slow quirkiness to Austin which streams through the dialogue and musical score. Harmony’s non-expressive face and, everyone else’s for that matter speak volumns about life in the incomparable dazed Austin. If you didn’t know it before, there’s a reason the word slacker originated there. In Seinfeld speak this movie is pretty much about nothing except the people of Austin who’s anthem remains, Onward thru the Fog.