I just finished watching a pirated copy of the movie Factotum. I'm glad I watched a pirated copy because I would have been even more disappointed had I actually paid to watch it. The movie was very empty. If you had not read the book previously I don't even know why you would have watched it or if you would really have been able to appreciate what was happening. Not at any point in the movie do you get a sense as to why Hank Chinaski is choosing to live the sort of life he lives. All the director has done is put to picture some of the events that took place in the book; however, without the accompanying commentary it comes of as empty and pointless. The characters lack any kind of dimension and, as a result, you don't care one way or another what happens. I just don't understand why this movie was made. It is not at all like Barfly, which was a good movie. I also thought Matt Dillion was a poor choice to play Chinaski, mostly because he is too handsome. Chinaski was ugly. That was a good part of what made him interesting and endearing to readers. To take that away from his character cheapens the whole movie. Another thing that irked me was that the director coped out and didn't shoot the movie in the time period of the book. This would have been much more effective and would have made Chinaski's character more believeable. Who wears brill cream in this day and age? I would not recommend paying money to see this. Download it if you can. That way you won't be too disappointed.