- A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
- Star, a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.—Anonymous
- Hopelessly, Star, a troubled Texan,18-year-old teenager, decides to run away from her dysfunctional family, and lured by the charms of Jake, a cocky and rebellious lead salesman of a wandering door-to-door magazine subscription selling team, will leave for Kansas City on a road adventure throughout the American Midwest. Gradually, Star, the American Honey from the South, among a motley crew of teenage misfits, will finally find a place where she can really fit in, and before long, she will immerse herself deep into a world of recklessness, fearless self-exploration, experimentation and youthful love. Ultimately, Star swept up, while at the same time baffled by the confident Jake, will take the risk of falling in love and get hurt, even if this means she could drift and get lost on the way.—Nick Riganas
- Follows Star, a free-spirited teenage girl who runs away from home to join a rebellious gang of misfits selling magazines door to door as they explore America. Star is drawn to the hedonistic lifestyle of the group and begins to fall for their charming leader, Jake. Running wild across the Midwest, Star and Jake revel in their youthful spirit as they make money, party hard, and bend the law.
- Star (Sasha Lane) is a mixed race teenager living in rural Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives a painful life, caring for two young children that aren't hers and living with their alcoholic and sexually abusive father, Nathan (Johnny Pierce II). While trying to hitchhike home one day, she spies a large van full of young adults and makes eye contact with Jake (Shia LaBeouf), one of the boys in the group. Star follows them to a local K-Mart store and sees Jake dance to "We Found Love" on top of the registers before being forced out of the store. Star returns Jake's phone, as it had fallen out of his pocket, and he offers her a job as part of their magazine sales crew, telling her to come with him to Kansas City. Star declines but Jake nevertheless tells her to meet them in the parking lot of the local Motel 6 the next morning.
Packing her belongings while Nathan is in another room, Star secretly escapes and takes the two children to a dance club where their alcoholic step-mother Misty (Chasity Hunsaker) dances. Star confronts Misty and tells her it's her turn to care for the kids, and though Misty refuses, Star runs away from the club (leaving the two children behind) to the motel and sleeps outside the crew's van until morning.
Star is interviewed by the crew's leader, Krystal (Riley Keough), who hires her after she establishes that Star is a legal adult, that no one will miss her, and that she promises to work hard. In the car on the way to Kansas, Star meets the other members of the crew whom include Pagan (Arielle Homes), Corey (McCaul Lombardi), Katness (Crystal B. Ice), Billy (Chad McKenzie Cox), Austin (Garry Howell), Sean (Kenneth Kory Tucker), J.J. (Raymond Coalson), Kalium (Isaiah Stone), Runt (Dakota Powers), Riley (Christopher David Wright) and Q.T. (Verronkah Ezell). When they get to KC, Kansas, they disperse into groups of two. Since Star is new, she is paired with Jake, the veteran of the group. Star finds it difficult to sell as Jake lies to a potential customer in order to make money. Star also distracts Jake by flirting with and eventually kissing him. That night, Krystal calls Star in and tells her that Jake has posted his lowest sales ever. Krystal then has Jake put tanning lotion on her body as Star watches, and Star promises to improve.
The following day, annoyed by Jake, Star vows to outsell him. Star is picked up by three strangers in cowboy hats who offer to help her, thinking she is being harassed by Jake. The trio bring her to their home and offer to buy several subscriptions if she eats the worm at the bottom of a bottle of mezcal. Star does, and makes the sale. Jake, however, fearing the worst, arrives and threatens the men with a gun before stealing their car. Initially angry at Jake, Star is later touched that he came to find her, and the two have sex in the front seat of the car. When they return to the hotel for the evening, Jake tells her not to mention their sexual relationship, and he gives the money Star earned to Krystal.
For the next few days, things between Jake and Star are tense, and Krystal threatens to drop her on the side of the road if she keeps causing trouble. The crew ends up living temporarily in a rundown, abandoned house in rural Nebraska, and Jake and Star renew their relationship with them having sex in the back yard behind the bushes. Star asks him what his dreams are, and he shows her his private stash of cash and items he's stolen from the houses he visits, which he intends to use to buy a home.
Krystal dumps the girls off where oil workers are about to go to work in the morning. Star climbs in the back of their truck and tries to sell to them, but one of the oil workers tells her he'll pay her 500 dollars to go on a date with him. Star asks for $1,000 and performs sexually for the money. After the man drops her off, she hears him being attacked. Shortly after, a bloodied Jake asks her if she was hurt by the man and later asks if she slept with him. Star eventually admits what happened, causing Jake to get angry, smashing the belongings in the house before running off.
The following morning, the crew get in the car and there is a new girl there, while Jake is missing. Krystal calls Star to her room and informs her she has let Jake go, that she paid him money for each girl he recruited, and that he slept with all of them. Krystal later takes them to a poor area in Rapid City, South Dakota to sell subscriptions. Star enters a house and meets several affable children whose mother is on drugs. As Star's own mother died a few years ago of a meth overdose, she feels sympathetic toward them and goes out to buy them groceries. At the pickup that day, Jake is in the van, and Star is confused as to whether to be happy to see him or not.
That evening, the crew light a bonfire. Dancing around the fire, Star is pulled aside by Jake, who privately hands her a turtle. Star takes it to the edge of the water and releases it before following the turtle into the water. Star then immerses herself fully before rising out of the water... a representation of her new freedom.
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