HIGH HOPES 2: A NEW BEGINNING follows the continuing misadventures of 49 year old Brooklyn taxicab driver Danny Valentino a not so loveable loser who won’t give up his dream of making it as an actor after over 25 years of failure.
In the original HIGH HOPES Danny’s dream was about to come true when he nails the audition for the lead in a network sitcom, but when Danny meets with the Executive Producer of the film….all his dreams are shattered……as karma catches up to hot headed Danny who previously kicked the producer out of his cab. Instead of getting the part Danny is blacklisted and can’t get any acting gigs. But Danny doesn’t give up and he and another actor Sal decide to make their own film.
HIGH HOPES 2 picks up Danny’s life several years later. Now in his 50’s and still blacklisted Danny hasn’t had an acting job in years. He and Sal fail at making a movie and Danny is faced with the reality that he’s getting old and his acting career may be over. Furthermore he’s beginning to believe that all his friends that call him a loser may be right that he’s wasted his whole life pursuing his dream….and that’s not hard luck Danny’s only problem! Due to a series of hilarious mishaps Danny’s boss at the cab company knocks him out and the only way he can keep his job is to fight HER in a boxing match! Danny’s wife has had enough and leaves him. His daughter hates his guts, he’s facing eviction….and one other thing……..the police are after him!
HIGH HOPES 2: A NEW BEGINNING is a ROCKY story about an actor. Its about having a dream and never giving up. 60 years ago in an episode of THE HONEYMOONERS Ralph Kramden laments never making it as a saxophone musician because “I could never hit that high note”. High Hopes 2: is about trying to hit that high note. It’s about never giving up even when all the odds are stacked against you. Like Rocky, like Ralph Kramden, Danny won’t give up on his dream…he won’t let go of his……..HIGH HOPES