In SON IN LAW, after graduating at the top of her class in her South Dakota high school, Becca (Carla Gugino) decides to attend a university in Southern California, much to the dismay of her possessive boyfriend, Travis. As she finds it difficult to adjust to college and the culture of her new surroundings, Becca nearly goes home, but has her mind changed by the Resident Advisor of her dorm building, a seemingly spaced-out guy named Crash (Pauly Shore). He takes her to Venice Beach, helps her to lose her Midwestern fashion sense for more flashy clothing, a new hairstyle, and a tattoo on her ankle. When it's time for Thanksgiving break, Becca learns that Crash has nowhere to go, so she brings Crash with her back to South Dakota. Upon arriving, her family is strongly put off by Crash's bizarre West Coast mannerisms and slang. Their low opinion of him doesn't improve when, during a dinner in a country club, Travis proposes marriage to Becca, but is saved by Crash when he claims to have proposed to Becca two weeks' prior, and are now engaged. Continuing the deception, Crash even goes so far as to say that he wants to be a farmer, and must learn to get up at 5AM and work the land, even as he's laughed at the entire time by Becca's family and the other farmhand. As he does this, he gradually begins to win the family over. However, things come to a head when Travis, under the guise of throwing a "bachelor party" for Crash, spikes the drinks of Crash and Tracy (Tiffani Thiessen), an old friend of Becca's from school, in order to make it look like they slept together in a barn. Now, Crash must prove that he was set up, and that he actually loves Becca and has grown to love life on the farm.