The Extra Man
is a novel by Jonathan Ames
and a movie directed by Shari Springer Berman
and Robert Pulcini
. It tells the story of Louis Ives
, who left a teaching position in New Jersey under a cloud and came to New York to find himself. He gets a room in the apartment of an eccentric failed playwright named Henry Harrison, the titular "extra man", who spends his free time escorting (read: mooching off) wealthy widows at tony social events.
The book is set at the end of The Eighties
; the film, released in 2010, is set in a vague contemporary New York
with 1980s aspects.