What we have here are two small-time dreamers trying to reinvent themselves. Because everybody hustles.
She’s Sydney Prosser (Adams) from New Mexico, works at Cosmopolitan magazine, bright, beautiful, going nowhere. He’s Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) from the Bronx; he’s got a string of dry cleaning businesses, deals a bit in stolen art, offers “loans” to desperate people
They meet at a pool party, bond over a love of Duke Ellington, and suddenly 1 + 1 = 3.