Factotum is based on Charles Bukowski's novel with the same name. It is the story of a man living on the edge, a writer willing to risk everything to make sure his life is poetry. Matt Dillon plays the lead role as Bukowski's alter ego Hank Chinaski. He gets fired from work after work because of his inability to focus on nothing but alcohol, games, women, and writing stories that nobody wants to publish. When he meets Jan, he meets his equal. She likes to drink as much as he does. They are intoxicated by the alcohol and by each other and together they are living in the shadow of American society.