A proto-punk Forrest Gump comes to Hollywood... Join Vikar (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies, on one wicked trip to the heart of a pulsating, kaleidoscopic Hollywood. Naive newcomer to the City of Angels, carrying nothing but his "outsider" past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor inked on his shaved skull; driven by the allure of cinema to the glittering temptations of Zeroville; a town where anything goes.
Encounter the parasites, the punks, the wannabes, the power-brokers and the crazies: meet Viking Man (Seth Rogen) - gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar's eccentric Hollywood guide. You'll encounter: the livewire super-agent Rondell (Will Ferrell, uncredited); foul-mouthed industry veteran Dotty (Jacki Weaver); the sinister Financier (Danny McBride); sexy femme fatale Soledad (Megan Fox) - a haunted "dame", the electric charge to trigger Vikar's breath-taking dive into the captivating world where movies are made.
Profoundly magical, funny, unsettling, and gorgeous - a love letter to Los Angeles and provocative satire of America's fascination with itself, its cult of celebrity; a vision of the death of Old Hollywood.