The story is awesome. It is about a group of 5 characters: Lelaina Pierce (Winona Ryder), Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke), Vickie Miner (Janeane Garofalo), Sammy Gray (Steve Zahn), and Michael Grates (Ben Stiller). Lelaina, Vickie, and Sammy have just graduated college and are off to find their place in the " Real World. " Troy, with the IQ of a philosopher dropped out of college and didn't graduate. Lelaina, graduating valedictorian of her class, goes to work for a morning show, " Good Morning Grant " as a production assistant. The star treats her like crap, but she stays because she hopes that her connections there will get the documentary she is working on noticed. The documentary consists of home videos of her friends post college, trying to find their way without purpose or any role models. Vickie gets a job at the Gap, eventually becoming manager. Sammy works as a bus boy in the club where Troy and the other members of " That's My Bike " play. However, you only see him working all of 2 minutes in the entire movie.
       We see a lot of sexual tension between Troy and Lelaina, but Lelaina is dating Michael, a video-executive of " In Your Face TV " a MTV-like station. But, Lelaina, amid the quest for recognition and respect gets fired from her job and can't find a new one. Michael decides to buy her documentary, and leaves it in the hands of the " best in the business " however they change it all around, making a mockery of the seriousness of her work. In this confusing time, she and Troy make love and there seems to be a real connection, but Troy ruins it by running out on her the next morning. So, who will Lelaina pick: Michael with his materialism and steady job, or Troy, with his philosophical meanderings and lack of emotional stability? You'll just have to watch the movie!