By Jason Lynch Jenny Sundel Kristen Mascia Amy Elisa Keith
August 28, 2006 12:00 PM

Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei


A factotum is a person who performs various tasks. Technically, this term should not apply to Henry Chinaski (Dillon), who finds odd jobs in pickle factories and bike-supply warehouses, but invariably goes MIA after a few hours to marinate at the local bar. The alter ego of writer-poet Charles Bukowski (who wrote the novel Factotum in 1975), Henry stumbles through life, falls for a fellow alcoholic (Taylor) and writes about the monotony of it all. Dillon nails the occasional quip, but one mostly feels trapped in a drunk tank. (R)