Starring: Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Daryl Hannah, Rachel Leigh Cook, Kelsey Grammer, Sean Benn
John Person is a thirty something struggling actor living alone and facing eviction from his one room apartment in Hollywood. Behind on his rent and heavily in debt, he goes against his better judgement - and that of his pretty neighbour Grace - and accepts an unsolicited offer from his strange neighbour, Neely, to courier a blue suitcase up to the desert truck stop of Baker, California.
There in the middle of nowhere, at a seedy motel in the shadow of the World's Largest Thermometer, he'll simply deliver the locked suitcase to a trucker called Cowboy and be paid twenty seven thousand dollars in cold hard cash. Seems like easy money..... But then John is given a loaded gun and told he must defend the blue suitcase with his life.
On arrival in Baker, he discovers he's already missed the mysterious man and soon he's reluctantly mixed up with Ruthie, her mother Stella, Ruthie's hot headed jealous boyfriend Randy, and paranoid, alien obsessed locals. John finds himself caught somewhere between the surreal, the supernatural and the just plain weird... When the final showdown begins, John is faced with a choice that could change his life forever. Has this whole town gone mad? Or are the loony locals, who John dismissed as being crazy, the only sane things about this strange parallel universe called The Big Empty?