Pinching Penny is the story of Alex (Steven Molony), a British small-time crook trapped in the town of Fargo, North Dakota, where his compulsive spending addiction spirals out of control and sends him on an absurd crime spree. Together with his dim-witted Scottish pal Murphy (Timothy J. Meyer), Alex tries to support his habit with robberies and home invasions, until one ill-fated caper brings them face-to-face with Teddi (Ginny Glaser), a femme fatale who can get Murphy to do anything she wants. It’s Teddi’s idea to up the boys’ game to kidnapping. But when the trio tries to ransom Penny, a rich attorney’s feisty daughter (Lauren J. Wertz), you just know that, as Alex says, “This will not end well.”
Acclaimed by critics as a “punch to the gut crime caper,” Pinching Penny is a fast-paced crime thriller that takes you on a dizzying roller coaster ride of danger, compulsion and depravity. The unapologetic debut film of 22-year-old writer/director Dan Glaser, Pinching Penny has been compared to early works by Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, and is destined to become a cult classic.