WORKING TITLE: A PACK A DAY (A.k.a.
Call Me Sugarplum)
WRITER: BOON SIANG LIM DIRECTOR: TYRONE HUFF PRODUCER: MIKE ANDERSON
Supervised by Prof. Gil Bettman & Prof. Paul Wolansky
Contact: Boon Siang Lim 871 N. Maplewood St Orange California 92867 714-812 7585 email@example.com
34th Draft of: 11/29/2005
EXT. SOMEWHERE DESOLATE - DAY A car swipes past a lonesome road.
INT/EXT. CAR - DAY 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.
EXT. DESOLATE FIELD - DAY The car bumps along over the field and stops.
INT/EXT. CAR - DAY Donald looks around, puzzled. DONALD (loud) Uhhh...I thought we’re going to the Starbucks.
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 profileSTEPHANIE 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 anywaySTEPHANIE -I smoke because it kills people. Smoking kills you. Don’t you know that?
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 youyou 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, StephanieSTEPHANIE -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.
STEPHANIE Right, Donald. You got a girlfriend? DONALD A couple before. But nothing seriousSTEPHANIE -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, noSTEPHANIE 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.
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 doShe 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.
EXT. CAR - DAY 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.
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 revealA 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.
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 - yeahDo 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!
DONALD Are you seriousStephanie 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.
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 youSTEPHANIE (to Donald) Tell him that I saw with my own eyes! DONALD She said she saw you with her own eyesMIKEY Okay, listen. She kept coming on to me! I’m man, I get hornyDonald 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-
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 himSTEPHANIE (gun at Donald) -Shut up! DONALD Ok, ok, ok! MIKEY -I love you DONALD -He loves youSTEPHANIE -Stop itStephanie 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’tThe muzzle is already on Donald’s headDONALD (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 -
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:
EXT. DESOLATE FIELD - DAY 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)
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 themDONALD (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 untilHe “crashes” into Stephanie’s legs. Donald looks up: The muzzle is pointed at him, still smoking. A GUN SHOT
DARK SCREEN INT. TRUNK - DAY
The same but muffled HEAVY METAL MUSIC in the opening scene. It stops. Donald’s MUMBLE and METAL SQUEAKING.
INT. TRUNK/ EXT. DESOLATE FIELD - DAY
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.
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.