|| Even at his funeral, Billy Lynch's life is analyzed and glamorized. As his family and friends look back at how he drank himself to death, we see how this poetically flawed and charismatic Irish American got through life charming others with his gentle wit and wisdom. When he loses the woman of his dreams, his drinking escalates and he artfully uses his loss to gain acceptance for his slow suicide. For the price of one of his stories, his well-meaning supporters buy him a drink, lend him an ear and overlook what he's doing to himself. His act is so successful that even after he's gone everyone is loath to let go of the myth that was the Charming Billy.