Tracy Orbison ima velike sanje. Izgubiti želi nekaj odvečnih kilogramov, končno narediti vozniški izpit in postati igralec. Ko ne dela v trgovini, obiskuje igralski tečaj, ki ga vodi arogantni in že pozabljeni igralec, ki ga bolj zanima Tracyjeva sestra. Čeprav na svoji poti do uspeha nima ne podpore svojih malopridnih prijateljev ne bogaboječe mame, še vedno vztraja in ostaja večni optimist.
At nearly 400 pounds, Tracy Orbison is a wide target. When he sets out to pursue his dream of acting, the grocery clerk finds an assortment of people waiting to dash his dreams: his acting coach, who has designs on his sister Peggy; his juvenile-delinquent friends, who suck him into their petty crimes; and his God-fearing, self-loathing mother. Through it all, Tracy remains irrepressibly upbeat, convinced he's destined for something big.