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It's Complicated

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Beatsheet
TitleIt's Complicated
GenreRites of Passage – Mid Life Passage
Year2009
RuntimeUSA:118 min
AuthorRalph Dobbins
Movie Databasehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1230414/
ScreenplayNancy Meyers
Log LineTBD
Moral Premise{{{MoralPremise}}}
   
Opening ImageTBD

EXT. BEACH HOUSE - MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA - DAY

A late afternoon sky, a red tile roof
and the Santa Barbara coast line frame this party
of old friends. A trio plays Brazilian music as
guests carry drinks and nibble on dessert.


Theme StatedTBD

LAUREN
Mom, are you afraid to sleep

in the house alone?
SetupTBDJane a middle aged divorced woman bumps into her ex-husband’s young wife and is dismayed by her figure.


Home again Jane watches as her middle child leaves the nest. Alone and lonely, Jane finds small comfort in clearing dirty dishes an activity that she’ll do less of now that she’s an empty nester.
We see Jane’s other home, an bustling upscale bakery which she owns and operates.

Jane confides to her three husbandless girlfriends about a cosmetic surgery consult to fix her droopy eyelid and while there running into her ex and his wife leaving a fertility clinic.
CatalystTBDJane's call to adventure is her son's graduation in NYC. The writer builds up Janes reluctance to attend using Jane's distaste for her ex-husband's fiancee and Jane's own trepidation about getting older alone - Jane's droopy eyelid will haunt her for the bulk of Act II. While a graduation for one's son is normally welcome... spending a weekend in NYC with your cheating ex-husband, his half-your-age fiancee and a droopy eyelid are overwhelming for Jane. Will she avoid Jake the whole weekend?


JANE
--See you in the Big Apple.

Pedro is now resting on Jake’s head.

JAKE
(trying to be nonchalant
with a kid on his head, smiles)
See you there.

JANE
(laughing)
When the three of them
got in the elevator...
between that and the staples and
the headache for
six months... it was
the most insane hour

of my life.
DebateTBD

JANE
(trying to read upside down
reservation list)
Sure. You don’t happen to have
another Adler coming in, do you?
Adler for two?

JAKE
Want some company, Mrs. Adler?

Jane gives Jake a doubtful look.

JAKE (CONT’D)
-- We both have to eat.
(sees Jane is hesitating)
When’s the last time we ate a meal together?

JANE (thinks for a sec)
Just the two of us? Alone? 1999.

JAKE
So, come on. Once every ten years.


Break Into TwoTBDA HALF HOUR LATER


New drinks arrive for Jane and Jake. Physically,
they’re sitting as close as they’ve been in
a decade.


B StoryTBD

Jane out on a run has forgotten her appointment with Adam who spots her and gives her a ride back to her house.

ADAM
In two more years I’ll begin to feel normal? Why am I having trouble seeing that as good news?

JANE
Maybe that was just my experience.

ADAM
Oh God, I hope so.


Fun and GamesTBDJane continues her affair with Jake who becomes jealous when Adam shows interest in a relationship.

JAKE
(looking down at her, smiles) Tell the truth, Janey is this a great affair, or what?

JANE
I don’t know. It’s my first.

JAKE
(climbing down) We don’t even have to have sex and it’s fun. (arrives next to her)
I wish I could sleep over.

JANE
I gotta tell my shrink about this. This is a lot to handle. I guess you should go ... I’m sure yoga’s

probably closed by now.
MidpointTBD

DR. ALLEN
What’s interesting is I’m already seeing
you open up more than I have in some time.
I’m thinking, through this affair, you may learn to view
the world in a different way.

JANE
I’m sorry. I need more concrete. Are you saying
I should keep seeing him? Because, honestly, if
the guilt and fear could go away, maybe I could
let go a little and figure this out.

DR. ALLEN
I wouldn’t resist looking at this.

JANE
(mulls that over quickly) )
Okay... and another way of saying that is....?

DR. ALLEN
Let go Jane. It can’t hurt.


Bad Guys Close InTBDTBD
All Is LostTBD

INSERT - THE DRAWER
Sitting among her cosmetics is the joint
Jake left for her. She looks at the joint,
then looks at herself in the mirror.

ADAM - WALKING UP THE PATH TO THE HOUSE - 15 MINUTES LATER
He looks adorable and carries a gift
the size of a book. He knocks in a playful
rhythm.

JANE ANSWERS THE DOOR all smiles.

JANE
Hey....

REVERSE - ON ADAM

Very happy to see her.

ADAM
Hey. You look fantastic.

JANE
I’m feelin’ a little fantastic.


Dark Night of the SoulTBD

LAUREN
Mom, is this true?

JANE
(dying)
That part is, but..

JAKE
I found my way back home. I just
hope she’ll take me back.

Gabby breaks down in tears.
Lauren puts her arm around her.
Jane starts to cry, looks at
her laptop, just as she HEARS A CLICK
and THE LAPTOP SCREEN GOES BLACK.

JAKE (CONT’D)
Why’s everyone crying? Why isn’t
this good news?

LAUREN
Because we’re still getting over
the divorce.

LUKE
Mom, are you and Dad getting back
together?

JANE
No... we’re not.

...

EXT. POOL AREA/BACKYARD - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
Jane lies on a pool chaise, wrapped in a blanket,
tissues in hand. She stares up at the night sky
and as her eyes flutter

shut, we drift off of her..
Break into ThreeTBD

INT. COTTAGE - CONTINUOUS

Harley leads Jane down the narrow hall to the Bedroom.

HARLEY
Now I know you don’t need my advice Jane, but...

JANE
I got this one...

HARLEY
I know you do.

Jane pauses, Harley nods for her to go inside.


FinaleTBD

JANE’S POV - INSIDE THE BEDROOM

Her Three Kids are under the covers.
Lauren is between Gabby and Luke.
They look like they just woke up.

Jane stands in the doorway. The Kids
don’t say a word. Jane doesn’t wait.
She crosses to the bed, sits on it,
looks at her children.

JANE
Knowing how to be divorced is
next to impossible... and sometimes
over the years, I’ve thought that
your Dad and I weren’t quite finished.
And, as it turns out, we weren’t.


Final ImageTBDTBD
NotesTBD
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