New Year's Eve, 1981, the Lower East Side. Monica's having a party, but as late as 9, no one's there. She stews (and drinks). Folks are on their way, all looking for love, sex, or both. En route, paths cross, gambits misfire: a performance artist, her boyfriend until today and his long-time pal Lucy, two Long Island high-school girls, two punk rockers, a bartender, a Scottish painter who's lousy in bed, a pretty face named Jack who runs when women say they love him, his cute but clumsy date Cindy, two trendy vamps, a loquacious cabby, the man-crazed Hillary, and Elvis Costello. Nearly everybody smokes, and nearly everybody scores. And all get who and what they deserve.
The Islander actors and actresses include Angela Featherstone, Ben Affleck, Brian Berrebbi, Casey Affleck, Catherine Kellner, Christina Ricci, Courtney Love, Dave Chappelle, Elvis Costello, James DuMont, Jamie Bonelli, Janeane Garofalo, Jay Mohr, Jenni Blong, Kathy Searle, Kelly Ebsary, Martha Plimpton, Nicole Ari Parker。