Bradley Nelson is an aspiring country singer who's just been dumped (literally--out of her tour bus in Reno) by his girlfriend who, unfortunately, is also related to the owner of his record label.
He's just started talking to a woman in a gorilla suit outside the casino where his mom works when his mom drives up in her Winnebago, and men with guns come out of the casino, so he grabs the woman in the gorilla suit and they jump in the Winnebago and all drive off with the mobsters in hot pursuit.
It only gets more complicated after that.
Turns out Mrs. Nelson has just stolen $3,000,000 that she's determined the casino owes the IRS, and she's planning on turning the money over to her old supervisor at the IRS.
Delphine Armstrong is the woman in the gorilla suit. She's caught up in the adventure, now that the mobsters--and her boss--think that she's assisted Mrs. Nelson in the theft. But as time goes on, Delphine doesn't want to get away. She falls in love with both Bradley and his mom, and comes up with better and better stories to get them to let her stay with them.
It's reminiscent of both Housesitter and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, which is a good thing, because I loved both of those movies.
Delphine, like Gwen in Housesitter, despite her tall tales and her floundering career-wise, does know who she is. It's a lovely angle that Bradley, who's so sure of his goals, who's trying to be something he's not, and that's the source of his lack of success.
As in all the best romances, both Delphine and Bradley need something from each other, and they complement each other perfectly. The backdrop of madcap adventure and excitement just highlights it all and makes the story more fun.
I'd love to see this as a movie--over-the-top, fun, car chases with a Winnebago, the gorilla suit, and of course the romance and the music--cinematic gold.
By the way, this is connected to Record Time, though I didn't realize that at first. Bradley's ex-girlfriend is the sister of Kylie, the heroine from Record Time. It makes no difference to enjoying this story, by the way--it's not a typical sequel. No gratuitous scenes of the previous couple in their wedded bliss with half a dozen offspring, in other words.