In this story about the rocky road of love, young tomboy Joey (Lola Kirke) is scooping ice cream when she meets Rayna, (Breeda Wool), a daisy duke-wearing flirt.Joey goes home with Rayna and begins to fall in love- even after finding out the older woman is married with children.Over the summer, they find creative locations to carry on their love affair but Rayna’s truck-driving husband and Joey losing her job forces them apart. Just out of high school and unable to afford college, Joey joins the army in an attempt to provide some direction to her life. The two women stay in touch through letters and their passion is rekindled when Joey gets assigned back to her hometown for her first assignment.Wanting to escape family and Joey’s impending deployment, they decide to take the kids and run away together.
Deb Shoval takes her award-winning short to a full-length feature, providing a nuanced depiction of love and working-class life in rural America.The film finds gritty beauty in the scuffed basements, bars, malls, and meadows where Joey and her friends work and play. Kirke and Wool shine in their lead roles and make us root for them every mis-step of the way.