A charming, suicidal druggie must obey his rehab-clinic's demand to lead a seniors men's group or face incarceration and lose the love of his psychiatrist's daughter. Stars Tom Pelphrey, Christopher Lloyd, Melissa Archer, Ewa Da Cruz.
Wayne Knight,Christopher Lloyd,James McCaffrey,Jerry Stiller,Robert Vaughn,David Gregory
"Excuse Me for Living" is the story of Dan Topler (Pelphrey), a rich, smart, suicidal twenty-something who dropped out of medical school to pursue his own drug habit. Well provided for and a bit coddled, he refuses to grow up or get happy. After a suicide attempt on the George Washington Bridge lands him in an upscale rehabilitation clinic, Dr. Jacob Bernstein (Vaughn) takes him under his wing. The doctor issues these commands: obey the no- drugs rules, and join the geriatric temple men's group he leads - or face incarceration.
Despite Dan's negative attitude attending the seniors' club, he finds he's among accomplished men and becomes engrossed with their lives. Meanwhile, Dan's prep school friends continue to lure Dan to bacchanals. Dan's addiction and tired mind can't resist the drugs, booze, and women. Until he beomes smitten with Laura (Archer), Dr. Bernstein's daughter. Resolving to turn his life around, he confronts his friends and begins to listen at his group sessions, eventually realizing he has more to offer and to learn than he ever knew.
Da Cruz plays Charlie, a driven divorce lawyer who takes pleasure in taunting men. McCaffrey plays Barry, a university professor, content to be a bachelor, until he meets Charlie. Lloyd plays Lars, a patient at the clinic who isn't quite right and continually pretends to be the doctor. Knight plays Albert Topler, Dan's successful and adulterous father. Walker plays Albert's mistress, Elaine. Stiller portrays Morty, a member of the men's group who is estranged from his family. Gregor portrays Bruce, an investment banker playboy. Cavett takes on the role of Reverend Pilatus.