Deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley two women KRISTABELLE and her beautiful, aging mother, SALLY are coming to terms with their complicated relationship and battling demons that started decades before.
Kristabelle, a woman in her thirties still lives at home. Over the years Kristabelle has become the handmaid, sounding board and quiet companion for her overbearing mother Sally who refuses to accept the fact that she never became a famous Starlet. Sally fancies herself a young, misunderstood sex kitten who rails against getting old and against the many men who have ruined her life, mainly Kristabelle’s father TONY.
Cramped in a small apartment in the Valley, Kristabelle lives in the shadow of her mother and is terrified of men and of moving out on her own.
While her mother goes from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon in search of external perfection, Kristabelle engages in the rarely talked about but prevalent behavior of self-injury. To dull the pain of her existence and escape the suffocation of her life, Kristabelle finds relief by cutting herself.
When Sally takes a trip to the dessert with her “Golden girl” friends leaving Kristabelle on her own for her birthday a lonely Kristabelle gets drunk, picks up a dude at the local comedy club and has a humiliating sexual experience which launches her into a heavy cutting episode but this time she goes too far.
This experience cracks open Kristabelle and Sally’s small world and with the help of a 30 day rehab stint, a lonely British stand up comic along with some Chinese medicine Kristabelle slowly finds that love can be more than skin deep.