Sebastian Gutierrez wrote and directed this comedy-drama set in a handful of Los Angeles drinking establishments over the course of one lively evening. Francine (Carla Gugino) meets Nick (Zachary Quinto) in a cocktail lounge and they discuss some business -- it seems Nick isn't happy in his marriage, and he's willing to pay someone to kill his wife. However, Nick doesn't know that Francine isn't a hit woman, but a private detective hired to dig up dirt on him. Francine would seem to have all the incriminating information she needs, but before leaving she discovers her recordings of the conversation have been stolen. Francine spends the rest of the night traveling from one bar to another trying to find the thief, and she crosses paths with an remarkable variety of characters, including Dodge (Robert Forster), a nostalgic former gangster; Teresa (Emmanuelle Chriqui), an exotic dancer who can read men's minds, Aldo (Danny DeVito), a shifty and well-connected card shark, and June (Rosario Dawson}), who runs the area's only clothing-optional ping pong parlor. Director Gutierrez says Girl Walks Into A Bar was the first feature film produced specifically to be streamed online, and it was posted on YouTube simultaneously with its premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.
by Mark Deming synopsis