A factory worker (Doe) goes in search of a gambling den one of his now-deceased colleagues spoke of. Along the way he meets Sam (Horowitz), a drop out and both travel on their motorbikes across America to scatter his colleague's ashes where he was most happy.
When a decent enough work-mate he's just met is electrocuted by a faulty video game, factory hand Joe (Doe) pays for the man's cremation and collects the ashes in a disembodied motorcycle gas tank. On his own bike, Joe sets out into the Nevada desert in search of a gambling hole the late lamented happened to mention just before frying time, planning on carrying out a nebulous last wish.
On the road, Joe gets stuck with Sam (Horowitz), a jittery teenager conducting an obscure search of his own. Naturally they run into a succession of interesting eccentrics and tour some of the more picturesque and weird backwaters of the American West.
With John Doe of X and Adam Horowitz of The Beastie Boys representing subtly different types of American nonconformity, this cruises very much in the tracks of Easy Rider. Two drop-out heroes on bikes zoom through striking Western scenery with rock on the soundtrack, bumping into bizarro counterculture guest stars: John Cusack, Timothy Leary, Balgobin, David Carradine.
Writer-director Abbe Wool co-wrote Sid And Nancy, and this effort has some of the post-punk cool of Alex Cox's early, funny films. The film's philosophising is occasionally pretentious, Horowitz grates more than is welcome and the arrival at the end is something of a let-down. However, the quiet Doe shows a lot of movie potential, throwing away a good line when he finds one, and with its unfashionable adherence to the idealism of 60s dropout cinema and occasional deadpan belly laughs, this is well worth travelling along with for an hour and a half.
As with all road movies it is vital you have an inspired soundtrack, some amazing scenery and some off-beat characters along the way. Thankfully this movie has all three. Wool keeps a fast pace, stopping you from seeing very is happening, bar some deep philosophising and meeting of counterculture icons.