Do you remember what it felt like to be facing college graduation, and the prospect of getting a “real” job?
Ryden Malby (Bledel) has had her adult life planned out since she was a teenager. Her dream jobs is to be an editor at the Happerman & Browning publishing house in L.A, and beginning in high school she planned out exactly how to get there. What grades to get, what scholarships to win, and what college to attend. Nothing was going to get in her way.
Not her eccentric parents (Keaton & Lynch), and not the “personal Darth Vader” she competed with all through high school and college. Ryden has self confidence in loads – thanks in no small part to per platonic best friend Adam (Gilford) who’s been in love with her forever.
But reality slaps her in the face when “Darth Vader” not only snags the college valedictorian spot out from under her, but ends up with Ryden’s dream job. And Ryden ends up having to move back home with her parents, grandmother and weird younger brother. Life at the Malby home is not what most people would consider “normal” which just might explain why Ryden’s life is so focused on the future.
Countless job interviews, a series of embarrassing part time jobs, and a new friendship with her parent’s neighbor only serve to confuse things even more. Is she so focused on her future that she’s missing out on life today? Is this really what her life will be like?