埃琳?布罗克维奇（朱莉娅?罗伯茨 Julia Roberts 饰）是倒霉鬼中的典型。她结过两次婚，但每次婚姻都没有给她带来幸福，反而令她成了一个拖着三个孩子的单身母亲。倒霉的她在遭到一场交通事故后，连志在必得的赔偿官司到最后都输掉了。为她辩护的律师埃德（阿尔伯特?芬尼 Albert Finney 饰）半是同情埃琳半是因为帮她打输了官司心感内疚，收留了埃琳在他的律师楼里打杂。埃琳的生活算是有了一点保障。在调查一单污水申诉案时，埃琳偶然发现了污水中含剧毒物质，而供水公司确对此敷衍了事。弱女子埃琳决定用她柔弱的肩膀担负起为受污染的数百名居民讨回公道的重担！
In the bleak filmscape of glasnost, The Needle stood out as a black sheep of a movie. The most playful and offbeat of the Soviet films of the period, it contrasted sharply to the mainstream, which was overwhelmed with revisionism of the Stalinist past and nihilistic social criticism.Made in 1988 by a young Kazakh director, Rashid Nugmanov, fresh out of VGIK (the national film school), The Needle was a pioneering effort in several ways. Having e from a remote, stagnant republic of Kazakhstan, the picture set off a movement that has e to be known as the "Kazakh New Wave." Represented by such works as Alexander Baranov's and Bakhyt Kilibayev's The Three (1988) and Woman of the Day (1990); Kilibayev's The Tick (1990); Baranov's He and She (1990); Abai Karpykov's Little Fish in Love (1989); and Serik Aprymov's The Last Stop (1989), the Kazakh New Wave was for the agonizing Soviet film of the late 1980s what the French New Wave was for the dusty French film of the late 1950s. The Needle was the movement's a bout de souffle. The film also became a model for the Russian version of postmodernism—uninhibited and uninformed, pensating for the lack of culture, skill, and resources with mischief and wit. A young man named Moro (played by Viktor Tsoi, the late rock 'n' roll legend from the St. Petersburg band "Kino") returns to his Asiatic hometown only to find his exgirlfriend, Dina (Marina Smirnova), being a drug addict and himself being involved in the bizarre life of the city's underworld. In an attempt to save Dina, Moro takes her away to the Aral Sea, turned into a barren desert by the time they arrive. There Dina seems cured, but back in town everything starts anew. Almost desperate, Moro decides to fight the drug dealers, led by a hospital doctor (played by another rock 'n' roll star, eccentric leader of the "Sound of Mu" band and the future star of Taxi Blues, Pyotr Mamonov), when one of them stabs him in a deserted park.
奥德尔（茅斯·达夫 Mos Def 饰）和路易斯（约翰·哈克斯 John Hawkes 饰）两位小贼相识于铁窗之后，颇为投机的两人决定出狱之后联手行动，干一票大买卖，就此安度余生。于是，两人将目标放在了名为弗兰克（蒂姆·罗宾斯 Tim Robbins 饰）的富有资本家身上，他们绑架了弗兰克的妻子米奇（詹妮弗·安妮斯顿 Jennifer Aniston 饰），以此向前者讨要巨额赎金。可是，很快，奥德尔和路易斯就发现，他们的盘算落空了。原来，弗兰克早就有了性感美艳的情人玛姬（艾拉·菲舍尔 Isla Fisher 饰），根本没有想要赎人的意思，他巴不得两位绑匪尽快了结自己的糟糠之妻，如此一来自己便可以省下一大堆麻烦。
张之恒（张溯哲 饰）是衔着金汤匙出生的富家二少爷，从小到大都过着锦衣玉食的生活，可是好景不长，在家道中落之后，父亲无法承受这巨大的打击选择了割腕自杀，而整个家族的事业存亡都系在了身为继承人的张之恒身上。为了保住家业，张之恒决定去寻找传说中埋藏在张家界的家族宝藏，而为了能够获得这份宝藏，张之恒必须经受族人们对自己的重重考验。最终，张之恒获得了族人们的认可，得到了接受宝藏的资格，可就在这个节骨眼上，一个名叫詹姆斯（安德鲁·达兹 Andrew Dasz 饰）的外国大盗带领着他的团伙现身，打起了宝藏的主意。