Richard Rietti (MICHAEL RICHARDS) has planned the mother of all bachelor
parties for his best friend, Charles Tuttle (JEFF DANIELS). But just
days before the wedding, the bachelor bash is called off. Charles'
boss has dispatched his future son-in-law to a desolate desert town
to handle a secret family legal matter.
Unwilling to let work get in the way of his well-planned evening
of debauchery, Richard makes a command decision: If Charles can't
come to the party, the party will go to Charles. Richard mobilizes
a few friends from his acting class and takes the festivities on the
road. When Charles checks into his no-frills hotel, he is less than
thrilled to find Richard and his flaky entourage revved up and ready
Uptight, nervous about his impending wedding to his materialistic
fiancee Tiffany (ALEXANDRA WENTWORTH), and in desperate need of a
way to unwind, Charles reluctantly agrees to a night on the town --
a night that leaves him bruised, babbling and nearly comatose.
The following morning, Richard is unable to snap Charles out of his
stupor. Recognizing the vital importance of this career-making-or-breaking
court appearance, Richard grabs Charles' suit and heads to the courthouse
as a stand-in for his hung-over friend.
All he has to say is one line: "Your Honor, my client requests
a continuance." Richard regards it as nothing more than a "walk-on,"
but, to his horror, the simple motion is denied, and the trial is
scheduled to begin immediately. Richard finds himself facing the toughest
performance of his acting career.
With the skill of a lawyer whose education consists of reading the
scholarly legal journal Dramalogue, Richard clumsily begins defending
his "client," Benny Gibbs (RIP TORN), a mail-order con
artist who has been defrauding pensioners by selling "engraved
copper portraits of Abraham Lincoln" -- pennies.
When Charles sobers up, he finds Richard knee-deep in a charade capable
of landing everyone in jail. Forced to hide his true identity and
serve as Richard's law clerk, Charles sees that his brilliant law
career will be destroyed if the truth is discovered. Meanwhile, his
obnoxious best friend has become obsessed with winning the case and
relishes his role as lead counsel.
Rebuffed and ultimately kicked out of the courtroom, Charles finds
comfort in Billie (CHARLIZE THERON), a waitress he met the night of
the bachelor party. She takes him away from the bedlam of the trial
and through their relationship, Charles begins questioning the direction
of his life.
And when Richard falls for the prosecuting attorney (JESSICA STEEN),
he feels that he has to reveal the truth ... the whole truth and nothing
but the truth!