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Kate and Meg are childhood friends and roommates in Seattle experiencing stressful times. Kate is a high school English teacher who is being pressured by Principal Moss to resign, while Meg is a struggling cosmetics saleswoman. After a night of drinking, Meg suggests they go on vacation together to escape their stressful lives. Kate is reluctant, but ultimately acquiesces as Meg had already booked non-refundable tickets to Fort Lauderdale using Kate's frequent flyer miles.

On the plane, Kate and Meg are seated next to Ryan, a handsome firefighter on his way to a wedding. Both women are immediately attracted to him and begin to shamelessly flirt with him. A few hours into the flight, the plane is diverted to St. Louis due to a hurricane warning. The women are taken to the local Sheraton and run into Ryan, who invites them to drinks at the hotel club. Before going to bed, Kate tells Meg that she will fight her for Ryan's affections.

When it is learned the hurricane will move away from Florida, Ryan manages to get a ride from Craig, a jewelry salesman who had taken a liking to Meg but had been continually rebuffed by her, and the women ask to tag along. Kate shows embarrassing childhood photos of Meg to the men for their amusement and in response, Meg locks Kate in a gas station bathroom, forcing Kate to escape through a high window covered in feces. Back in the car, Kate fakes an injury to get a massage from Ryan, prompting Meg to place sleeping pills into a bottle of wine to give to Kate. When Kate declines to drink, Craig, who is driving, takes it instead, much to Meg's horror. After a few hours, Craig eventually passes out and crashes the car, forcing the four to spend the night at a motel.

When Kate sees the pills in the bottle, she asks for a hotel room for herself. Meg says that she can have Ryan, but Kate proclaims she never wanted Ryan and merely did not want Meg to have him. Meg decides to go to a local bar where Craig joins her. When Craig fails to impress Meg, he suggests to her that she should be open to the qualities of other men. Back at the hotel, Ryan makes a pass at Kate, who gives in and has rigorous sex with him. In the morning at breakfast, Meg tells Kate they should not jeopardize their friendship over a man, but when Meg lets slip that Ryan has a misshaped penis, something Kate had seen from having sex with him, Kate realizes Meg had sex with Ryan as well and the two get into a physical fight, making a mess of the motel lobby in the process. Their fight ends when the motel manager calls the police on them.

Craig reveals to the police that Ryan had taken his car to reach the wedding on time. When he looks up Ryan's Google Plus profile, he sees that Ryan is the one getting married, revealing this to the women. Appalled, they beg to be released to stop the wedding, and are let go after paying for the damage to the lobby. The two arrive at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale where the wedding is taking place, but it is too late to stop it. The women confront Ryan, who calls them out on throwing themselves at him. The women still claim it was wrong for him to sleep with both of them the night before his wedding and not tell them he was the one being married. Ryan admits he had been with his now-wife Genevieve since freshman year of college and has not been able to get with anyone else. When the women meet Genevieve, they see that she is controlling and demanding of Ryan, and decide not to tell her about his actions, feeling Ryan will suffer enough in his marriage. With a few hours before their flight back to Seattle, Meg tracks down Craig at his jewelry shop to apologize for brushing him off, kissing him before she leaves. At the airport, Meg tells Kate that they should not live together anymore, to which Kate tearfully agrees, as they have been too dependent on each other.

Kate returns to her job with renewed vigor, and she requests of Principal Moss that her students be allowed to indulge their creativity more instead of just following the standard curriculum. Moss reveals to Kate that he had no intention of firing her; he actually wants to offer her the assistant volleyball coach position. Meg starts taking classes and is in a long-distance relationship with Craig. Meanwhile, Meg has moved into an apartment only a few doors down from Kate so the two can still be close.


DIRECTOR(s): William H. Macy













Alexandra Daddario (Kate Jeffries)
Kate Upton (Meg)
Matt Barr (Ryan)
Matt Jones (Craig)
Rob Corddry (Stan Moss)
Molly Shannon (Nancy)
Kal Penn (Anuj)
Roark Critchlow (Roger)
John Cassini (Chuck)
Michael Benyaer (Shahar)
Jennifer Cheon (Genevieve)
Emy Aneke (Cab Driver)
Alvin Sanders (Balloon Pilot)
Angela Moore (Female Cop)
Joe Mullen (Desk Clerk)
Lindsay Selles (Bride)

Mary Black (Meemaw)
Carrie Genzel (Harrolds Buyer)
Emma Day (Employee)
David Mackay (Father of the Bride)
Joseph Huffman (Airline Employee)
Carolyn Adair (Dancer - Jeweller)
Bryan Kreutz (Spit Bag Passenger)
Brian Kowalski (Airline Employee)
Camille Marolf (Cell phone lady)
Neil McDonald (Airport Goatee Guy)
Adel Van Donsel (Airport Traveler)
Joe Nuņez (Flight Attendant)
Dean Redman (Hotel Clerk)
Eric Gibson (Demarius)
John Destry (Sketchy Drifter)
Joe Nunez (Flight Attendant)

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