At first, Stir Crazy is just plain wonderful. Gene Wilder is Skip, a playwright who spends his days as a bumbling store detective, while Richard Pryor is Harry, a struggling actor who works as a waiter and doesn't know how to keep his weed safe. When both lose their jobs on the same day, at almost the precisely same time, Skip gets the grand idea that they should leave New York and head for Los Angeles. It's a sign! He's tired of the callous coldness of the city's inhabitants. He hates that he is the only one willing to connect with other people. Somehow, he gets the more level-headed and hands-off Harry to agree, and they wave g'bye to New York and set off in a dilapidated old Dodge.