|Genre||Rites of Passage – Mid Life Passage|
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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.
in the house alone?
Mom, are you afraid to sleep
|Setup||TBD||Jane a middle aged divorced woman bumps into her ex-husband’s young wife and is dismayed by her figure.
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.
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.
|Catalyst||TBD||Jane'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?
of my life.
--See you in the Big Apple.
Pedro is now resting on Jake’s head.
(trying to be nonchalant
with a kid on his head, smiles)
See you there.
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
(trying to read upside down
Sure. You don’t happen to have
another Adler coming in, do you?
Adler for two?
Want some company, Mrs. Adler?
Jane gives Jake a doubtful look.
-- We both have to eat.
(sees Jane is hesitating)
When’s the last time we ate a meal together?
(thinks for a sec)
Just the two of us? Alone? 1999.
So, come on. Once every ten years.
|Break Into Two||TBD||A HALF HOUR LATER
New drinks arrive for Jane and Jake. Physically,
they’re sitting as close as they’ve been in
Jane out on a run has forgotten her appointment with Adam who spots her and gives her a ride back to her house.
In two more years I’ll begin to
feel normal? Why am I having
trouble seeing that as good news?
Maybe that was just my experience.
Oh God, I hope so.
|Fun and Games||TBD||Jane continues her affair with Jake who becomes jealous when Adam shows interest in a relationship.
probably closed by now.
(looking down at her,
Tell the truth, Janey is this a
great affair, or what?
I don’t know. It’s my first.
We don’t even have to have sex and
(arrives next to her)
I wish I could sleep over.
I gotta tell my shrink about this.
This is a lot to handle. I guess
you should go ... I’m sure yoga’s
What’s interesting is I’m already seeing
you open up more than I have in some time.
through this affair, you may learn to view
the world in a different way.
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.
I wouldn’t resist looking at this.
(mulls that over quickly) )
Okay... and another way of saying that is....?
Let go Jane. It can’t hurt.
|Bad Guys Close In||TBD||TBD|
|All Is Lost||TBD|
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
JANE ANSWERS THE DOOR all smiles.
REVERSE - ON ADAM
Very happy to see her.
Hey. You look fantastic.
I’m feelin’ a little fantastic.
|Dark Night of the Soul||TBD|
Mom, is this true?
That part is, but..
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.
Why’s everyone crying? Why isn’t
this good news?
Because we’re still getting over
Mom, are you and Dad getting back
No... we’re not.
EXT. POOL AREA/BACKYARD - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
shut, we drift off of her..
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
|Break into Three||TBD|
INT. COTTAGE - CONTINUOUS
Harley leads Jane down the narrow hall to the Bedroom.
Now I know you don’t need my advice Jane, but...
I got this one...
I know you do.
Jane pauses, Harley nods for her to go inside.
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.
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.