When the film opens we meet Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) who is a movie writer in the early 1950’s and has been accused of being a Communist simply based on his recent scripts. Unsure what he will do next Peter has some drinks and goes for a drive. On his journey Peter drives his car off of a bridge and the next thing he knows he wakes up on a beach just outside of a small town called Lawson.
Because Peter hit his head in his car accident he has no clue who he is as he wanders into the town. Because Lawson is a small town there are many people there to help him by giving him food and attention. Peter is also given a place to say by a nice name named Harry Trimble (Martin Landau). Having not heard from his son who went off to war, Harry believes that Peter is his son Luke Trimble. Many of the residents of Lawson agree with Harry and embrace Peter, believing that he is indeed Luke Trimble. Luke receives a grand party welcoming him home after such a long absence in the war. Unsure who he is still, Peter decides to make the most of his experience and embrace the town that has been so kind to him.
When Harry shows Peter The Majestic movie theater that was Harry’s pride and joy, Peter is moved to help him restore it to its original glory. Returning from school Adele Stanton (Laurie Holden), who was Luke’s old girlfriend, meets Peter for the first time and seems glad that Luke has returned. All good things must come to an end and Peter eventually discovers his true identity as he is forced to stand trial for the Communist accusations. Through Peter’s experience in Lawson with Adele he learns that there are some things in life that are worth fighting for.
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Adele (Laurie Holden): Do you remember me?
Peter (Jim Carrey): No, but I’ll sure try.
Peter (Jim Carrey): When bullies rise up, the rest of us have to beat them back down, whatever the cost. That’s a simple idea I suppose, but one worth giving everything for.
Harry (Martin Landau): [Inside the unfinished Majestic movie theater] That’s why we call it The Majestic. Any man, woman, child could buy their ticket, walk right in. Here they’d be, here we’d be. “Yes sir, yes ma’am. Enjoy the show.” And in they’d come entering a palace, like in a dream, like in heaven. Maybe you had worries and problems out there, but once you came through those doors, they didn’t matter anymore. And you know why? Chaplin, that’s why. And Keaton and Lloyd… Garbo, Gable, and Lombard, and Jimmy Stewart and Jimmy Cagney. Fred and Ginger. They were gods. And they lived up there. That was Olympus. Would you remember if I told you how lucky we felt just to be here? To have the privilege of watching them. I mean, this television thing. Why would you want to stay at home and watch a little box? Because it’s convenient? Because you don’t have to get dressed up, because you could just sit there? I mean, how can you call that entertainment, alone in your living room? Where’s the other people? Where’s the audience? Where’s the magic? I’ll tell you, in a place like this, the magic is all around you. The trick is to see it.
Congressman Doyle (Hal Holbrook): Are you asking this committee to believe that you attended the meeting of a communist organization because of a girl?
Peter (Jim Carrey): Yes sir… I’m sure that even a majority counselor, like yourself is familiar with the concept of impressing a girl!
Peter (Jim Carrey): What’s wrong with it?
Adele (Laurie Holden): Everything.
Peter (Jim Carrey): Could you be a little more specific?
Adele (Laurie Holden): Aside from the fact that this is a free country, and you can be a Communist if you want to be a Communist. Leaving that aside, if you’re accused falsely you have a duty as well as a right to stand up and suggest they drop dead.
Peter (Jim Carrey): Emile Zola, you feel strongly about this.
Adele (Laurie Holden): Damn right I do!
Peter (Jim Carrey): Great, but it doesn’t make the game any less rigged. There’s a reason it’s called a witch hunt
Adele (Laurie Holden): And there’s burden of proof, innocence before guilt.
Peter (Jim Carrey): Maybe in law school. But the rest of us have to live in the real world and in the real world I mess with these guys I go to jail.
Adele (Laurie Holden): All the more reason to fight them.
Peter (Jim Carrey): Like Luke would’ve done? Go ahead say it.
Adele (Laurie Holden): Yeah, like Luke would have done.
Peter (Jim Carrey): God, here it comes. Tell me again what a great guy Luke was, ’cause God I haven’t heard that enough!
Adele (Laurie Holden): He would’ve stood up to them.
Peter (Jim Carrey): Yeah well, he’s not here… to vouch for that is he? We have to take your word for it! And forgive me but everybody’s memory of Luke is a little rose-colored in this town. Besides, I’m not Luke. While he was liberating Europe, I was running the PX. He couldn’t wait to save the world! Me I was happy not to go overseas!
Adele (Laurie Holden): Why?
Peter (Jim Carrey): Because I didn’t want to end up like him. I wanted to survive! You stand for a cause you get mowed down. Look. Look! That’s the real world. I want my God damn life back Adele…