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WORKING TITLE: A PACK A DAY

(A.k.a. Call Me Sugarplum)

by

WRITER: BOON SIANG LIM

DIRECTOR: TYRONE HUFF

PRODUCER: MIKE ANDERSON

Supervised by

Prof. Gil Bettman & Prof. Paul Wolansky

Contact: 34th Draft of:


Boon Siang Lim 11/29/2005
871 N. Maplewood St
Orange
California 92867
714-812 7585
limboonsiang@hotmail.com
1.

1 EXT. SOMEWHERE DESOLATE - DAY 1


A car swipes past a lonesome road.

2 INT/EXT. CAR - DAY 2


DEAFENING BAD HEAVY METAL MUSIC fills the air.

Pretending to enjoy it, DONALD, a 27-year-old man dressed to


impress, nods his head to the tempo of the music, missing all
the beats.

DONALD
Rad tunes!

Driving the car, STEPHANIE (25), a dashingly attractive and


sexy woman, smiles at him.

DONALD (cont’d)
I said I like the music!

Stephanie smiles mysteriously at Donald, turns up the VOLUME.

Donald hides his irritation, and busies himself playing with


the window button, adjusting the sun shade...

DONALD (cont’d)
It’s a nice car! No wonder you want
to drive!

A photo falls from the shade. Donald picks it up: Stephanie


wrapping her arms lovingly around a man, whose face is
smeared with pen ink.

Before Donald takes a good look at it, Stephanie snatches it


from him, smiles, and suddenly turns the wheel. He stumbles
to the side.

3 EXT. DESOLATE FIELD - DAY 3


The car bumps along over the field and stops.

4 INT/EXT. CAR - DAY 4


Donald looks around, puzzled.

DONALD
(loud)
Uhhh...I thought we’re going to the
Starbucks.
2.

Stephanie kills the engine and the music.

STEPHANIE
Change of plan.
(re: glove box)
Mind getting me a cigarette?

Donald opens the glove box, and fumbles to stop the packs of
cigarettes from falling out- it is filled with them. She
takes a pack from Donald and lights a cigarette. She smokes.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
You smoke?

Stephanie throws him the pack of cigarette and a lighter.

DONALD
Uh...yeah.

He lights one and puts it into his mouth. He realizes he


lights the wrong end and quickly lights the other.

DONALD (cont’d)
I thought you didn’t smoke. You
know, your profile-

STEPHANIE
Really?

Donald takes a drag, struggling not to cough.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
Maybe they messed up. They always
do. Those online services. All they
care about is money.

DONALD
(struggles to finish the
sentence)
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve nothing
against smokers. Not-a-thing. Who
believes all that cancer crap
anyway-

STEPHANIE
-I smoke because it kills people.
Smoking kills you. Don’t you know
that?
3.

DONALD
Yeah. I absolutely agree with you.
Uh, hey, I really don’t know much
about you. Your profile says you
like dogs? You gotta dog?

Stephanie’s phone RINGS. Stephanie smokes and ignores it.

STEPHANIE
Do you honestly want to know?

DONALD
I can talk about my family if you-
you gonna answer that? I don’t mind
if you do.

The ring stops. Stephanie opens the door and steps out the
car before entering again into the back seat.

STEPHANIE
More comfortable.

DONALD
(double takes)
Whatever you want, Stephanie-

STEPHANIE
-Call me sugarplum.

DONALD
Sugarplum?

Donald gets out of the car, secretly throws away the


cigarette, and goes to the back seat. He sees some ropes on
the seat, picks up a rope end, waves it.

DONALD (cont’d)
Rope huh?

STEPHANIE
Naughty boy.

Stephanie snatches it, tosses them to the front seat.

Stephanie lights another cigarette.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
You got a girlfriend...

DONALD
Donald.
4.

STEPHANIE
Right, Donald. You got a
girlfriend?

DONALD
A couple before. But nothing
serious-

STEPHANIE
-Virgin?

DONALD
No, no, of course not.

Stephanie gives Donald her cigarette.

STEPHANIE
Take a drag.

DONALD
Anything you want... sugarplum.

Donald takes a drag.

STEPHANIE
You’re so cute.

Trying to look suave, Donald takes another drag. He smiles at


her.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
Donald?

DONALD
Yeah?

STEPHANIE
Ever cheated on your girlfriends?

DONALD
Well, uh, no-

STEPHANIE
If you had a chance, would you?

DONALD
Would I?
(beat; gambles)
Yeah?

Stephanie’s face becomes stern. And then resumes her smile,


to Donald’s relief.
5.

STEPHANIE
(moves much closer)
You look sexy when you smoke.

DONALD
(coughs)
Really?

Stephanie kisses him hard. She parts her lips from his, looks
at him, slaps him.

DONALD (cont’d)
(bewildered)
Ouch... what I do-

She slaps him again. Donald looks at her, unsure what to do.

STEPHANIE
Does it hurt? Oh, my poor Mikey.

DONALD
It’s Donald.

STEPHANIE
(put a finger on his
mouth)
Shhhhh... Close your eyes.

Donald obeys she blows wind onto his face, then his ear.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
Do you like it, Mikey?

DONALD
(enjoying)
Yeah...

STEPHANIE
More?

He nods. No response. He opens his eyes: she is out of sight.


He looks around - she is sitting on the trunk of the car.

5 EXT. CAR - DAY 5


Donald quickly gets out of the car. She smiles and TAPS on
the trunk, gesturing him to sit beside her.

DONALD
You sure move fast.

He sits beside her. He moves his head closer to kiss her.


6.

Just before the lips meet, she MOANS with utmost pleasure,
squirming wildly. Donald looks on, totally dumfounded.

A DULL KNOCK from inside the trunk.

STEPHANIE
Oh, your muscles! What are you
doing to my body?

Donald still does not know how to react. Another LOUD KNOCK.

DONALD
You hear that?

She completely ignores him, Donald decides to proceed. He


moves his head over to hers, her hands clasp his face hard,
stopping his advances.

DONALD (cont’d)
(voice changed)
Uhh, can you let go of my face?

LOUD KNOCKS.

DONALD (cont’d)
(same voice)
What’s that noise?

Her face becomes stern and releases her clasp on his face.
She gets off the trunk, goes to the driver seat.

DONALD (cont’d)
Wait...

Donald gets down to follow her but stops when he hears


another DULL KNOCK on the trunk.

STEPHANIE
Catch.

She throws her car key at him. He catches it, looks at her,
hesitates and unlocks the trunk. CLICK. He pulls up the lid
to reveal-

A naked GAGGED MAN in his underwear, tied up in the trunk; He


struggles to speak but his voice is MUFFLED.

DONALD
Uh... sugarplum...

He sees Stephanie looking at her compact, applying lipstick.


7.

DONALD (cont’d)
...there’s a man in the trunk.

She ignores him, dumps her compact into her purse, walks
back, and pulls the Gagged Man upright.

STEPHANIE
Heard enough, Mikey? Now watch with
your pretty little eyes.
(beat)
Oh, your glasses fell off.

She takes a pair of glasses lying beside him and helps put
them on. She pulls Donald a few feet away.

DONALD
(really perplexed)
Uh, there’s a man in the trunk...

She ignores Donald, unbuttons his shirt as he stands uneasy,


not knowing what to do.
STEPHANIE DONALD
(to Donald) What are you doing - yeah-
Do you want sex or not? what did you say-
(to Mickey)
Isn’t it exciting?

STEPHANIE
I said do you want sex?

Donald tries feebly to fend off Stephanie.

DONALD
Here? Now? With him there?.

- She rips open his shirt and throws it aside. She crouches
down and starts to undo his belt. Donald uncomfortably covers
his bare chest and tries to keep his pants on.

STEPHANIE
(to Mikey)
Like what you see? Your girlfriend
taking off some guy’s pants? How
does it feel?
(to Donald)
Stand still!

The pants DROP, leaving Donald in only his underwear.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
Lie down!
8.

DONALD
Are you serious-

Stephanie pushes Donald down. She straddles him.

STEPHANIE
Grab my breasts.
(to Mikey)
Oh, you look surprised? You know
exactly why we’re here. What’s your
little friend’s name? Bethany?

Mikey MUMBLES.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
Don’t play dumb!

Donald hesitates and then places his hands on Stephanie’s


breasts. Mikey MUMBLES.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
Pure working relationship? I’m
imagining things?
(to Donald)
Do you believe that? Get your hands
off me!

Donald quickly lets go.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
She seduced you? Am I supposed to
believe that? Fuck you! You-
(slaps Donald)
-cheating-
(slaps)
-bastard!

She bursts into tears. Donald does not know what to do.

DONALD
Are you okay?
(beat)
We can do it some other time.

Stephanie wipes her tears and TAKES OUT A GUN FROM HER PURSE.

DONALD (cont’d)
Shit.

She gets off Donald and walks toward Mikey. Donald starts to
crawl away, but Stephanie suddenly grabs his shoulder and
pushes him towards Mikey.
9.

STEPHANIE
Ask him, one last word, what does
(MORE)
he has to say?

DONALD
One last word?

Stephanie cocks the gun at Donald’s head.

DONALD (cont’d)
Ok, ok. One last word, what do you
have to say?

Mikey MUMBLES.

DONALD (cont’d)
(to Stephanie)
Look! He wants to say something!

She takes off the gag.

MIKEY
Stephanie, you are the moon, the
solar power of my soul. Why would I
lie to you-

STEPHANIE
(to Donald)
Tell him that I saw with my own
eyes!

DONALD
She said she saw you with her own
eyes-

MIKEY
Okay, listen. She kept coming on to
me! I’m man, I get horny-

Donald stares at him, then laughs awkwardly.

DONALD
He’s been in the trunk too long.

STEPHANIE
I don’t want to hear it!

MIKEY
Bethany, uh, Stephanie, if my death
can make you feel any better, go
ahead and kill me. I’ll die loving
you. Go ahead-
10.
MIKEY(cont'd)
(gambles)
Shoot me.

Her phone RINGS in her purse.

DONALD
What, are you crazy?
(to Stephanie)
He's crazy, don't listen to him-

STEPHANIE
(gun at Donald)
-Shut up!

DONALD
Ok, ok, ok!

MIKEY
-I love you -

DONALD
-He loves you-

STEPHANIE
-Stop it-

Stephanie suddenly answers the phone.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
I’ll call you back!

Stephanie hangs up. Her finger touches the trigger.

DONALD
Whoa! Why do you keep pointing at
me!
STEPHANIE DONALD
(to Donald) (to Mikey)
First you, then him! Say something, idiot-
(to Stephanie)
Oh God, please don’t-

The muzzle is already on Donald’s head-

DONALD (cont’d)
Wait! I’m not a cheater! I’m a
virgin for God’s sake!

He shuts his eyes tight, waiting for the inevitable. SILENCE.


Mikey thinks hard, suddenly widens his eyes -
11.

MIKEY
Sugarplum.
(beat)
I love you, sugarplum.

Stephanie HEAVES a deep breath and lowers her gun. Donald


opens his eyes and SIGHS a relief before -

She aims the gun at him again and PULLS THE TRIGGER. CLICK.

DISSOLVE TO:

DARK SCREEN

DISSOLVE TO:

6 EXT. DESOLATE FIELD - DAY 6


DONALD’S POV: BLUE SKY

STEPHANIE (V.O)
I am so sorry... I was in the
middle of something... Oh, you’re
so cute...

Mikey comes into view, struggling at something offscreen as -

DONALD BLINKS HIS EYES, finds himself gagged and tied up on


the ground; Mikey, in Donald’s shirt, is undoing Donald’s
pants.

MIKEY
(voice down)
Stop moving!

STEPHANIE (O.S.)
...Oh, and wear that red sweater
vest you had in your photo. It is
so sexy...

Mikey struggles to pull the pants off.

At the other end, Stephanie squints at the EMPTY CHAMBER of


her revolver, with a phone between her ear and shoulder.

STEPHANIE (cont’d)
(into phone)
-Great, but I'll drive. I insist...
There’re some crazy people out
there.
(laughs; loads bullets)
12.

ON DONALD AND MIKEY as Mikey pulls off the pants and puts
them on.

Mikey
-Look! I don’t know who the hell
Mikey is, but if you wanna get outa
here, your name is Mikey. Don’t
forget the magic word is- Shit!

“Mikey” sees her coming, bolts, stumbles over the pants and
flees without them-

DONALD
(muffled; shouting)
What magic words?

Stephanie nears him, loading the last bullet. He frantically


squirms away til DIRT EXPLODES just ahead of him.

Donald immediately rolls sideway, MUFFLING until-

He “crashes” into Stephanie’s legs. Donald looks up: The


muzzle is pointed at him, still smoking.

A GUN SHOT

7 DARK SCREEN 7

8 INT. TRUNK - DAY 8


The same but muffled HEAVY METAL MUSIC in the opening scene.
It stops. Donald’s MUMBLE and METAL SQUEAKING.

9 INT. TRUNK/ EXT. DESOLATE FIELD - DAY 9


The trunk opens: a skinny NERVOUS GUY with a red sweater vest
comes into view. He coughs from smoking, wide-eyed.

NERVOUS GUY
Uh, sugarplum, there’s a man in the
trunk...

Stephanie appears by his side, ignoring him. She looks at us.

STEPHANIE
Oh, your glasses fell off.
13.

She puts a pair of glasses on Donald inside the trunk as


Donald SHOUTS through his gag...

FADE TO BLACK.

CREDIT ROLLS

SPLIT SCREEN:

LEFT - “Mikey” is still running, half-naked...

RIGHT - Credit continues to roll until...

FADE OUT.

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