Josie O'Leary is a beautiful 28-year-old who is determined to assume her rightful place in the Hollywood pantheon, as president of a major movie studio. She is ruthless in plotting her ascent to the top, and nothing --- not her ailing husband, her rude boss, or even her complete ignorance of how movies are actually made --- will stop her. However, when Josie comes across a can't-miss screenplay, she recognizes that this is her big chance to become a producer. Not the kind of producer who works with writers or deals with boring details, but a producer who earns a seven-figure fee and has her name at the top of the credits --- someone who commands respect, who can get a call through to anyone instantly, and who reads about her own life in Variety and Vanity Fair.
Neurotic New Yorker Carla Trousse moves to L.A. after everything in her life (including her living room ceiling) collapses around her. Overeducated and underemployed, Carla has no idea what to do next; she suspects she has only one real talent, for criticizing. She also has a terrible habit of talking too much and is bound to say something that is either condescending or just plain rude. Fortunately, her critical nature comes in handy at her new job as a script reader, or development girl. She's the oldest "D-girl" in her office at the absolute bottom of the movie-industry food chain, yet for the first time in years, she feels a glimmer of optimism.
When Josie's script attracts the attention of Henry Antonelli, a legendary leading man and Hollywood powerhouse, a startling revelation results in an uneasy alliance between Josie and Carla. Mutual loathing turns to grudging respect, then real friendship, as the two women discover the limits of ambition and the endless rewards of human connection.
The Difference Between You and Me