This independent production will remind you of movies like Spun, but it
would be a mistake to write it off as just a bad B-movie version of those
similar films, because Matt Farnsworth, who produced, directed, wrote, and
starred in this movie, did a great job as did the rest of the cast, and he
put an interesting small-town spin on the world of drugs and druggies.
Esper (Matt Farnsworth) has just lost his father in a car wreck. The
father, a local drug dealer/user, left the proceeds of a one hundred
thousand dollar insurance policy to Esper rather than Esper's mother,
Effie. Effie (Rosanna Arquette) would receive the money only if something
happened to Esper. And the only other condition of the policy is that the
father must not have been on drugs when he died, so Esper must wait while
the dead man's urine is analyzed for drugs. Knowing his father had been on
probation and therefore was probably clean, he is excited to leave his
loser factory job and finally be able to marry his girlfriend of three
years, Donna (Diane Foster).
Meanwhile, Effie is so desperate to get her hands on the money that she
enlists the aid of the local parole officer to frame Esper on drug charges
and kill him while he is in jail. That doesn't go as planned, but Donna
pays a steep price.
As you might imagine, nothing works out as expected for any of the
people involved, and both Esper and Donna wind up heading down a road that
they would have best not traveled. This is a well-done and fascinating
story, not unique, but with enough differences from others of its type to
be well worth watching.