Adopt a Bully written by Priscilla Pittington Cell: 571.268.3133 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org INT. HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY – DAY Jack, 17, cheeky and just trying to make it by as an orphan, is making fake report cards on Photoshop, to some laid back, old rock music. He begins meeting up with students, 1 by 1, to distribute the documents. MALE CLASSMATE 1 If I don't get this C, I am not getting my car. MALE CLASSMATE 2 My girls parents are gone this weekend. If I get grounded, I'll be the only one getting the D. FEMALE CLASSMATE 1 I need this A or I am not going to Paris. Then Kylie will get Brad all to herself. Wait can you make bad report cards? JACK Five dollars for a fake. Fifteen for a real. SEAN Oh com'n, isn't there a friends and family discount? JACK Look Sean, your parents are pretty dumb, they wont even notice the fake one. SEAN Thanks man, you're the best! One of Jacks snobby, smart classmates has come to him for help. FEMALE CLASSMATE 2 This better work. She slams a twenty dollar bill on his desk. He takes and looks through his folder. JACK Man if I charged per half a letter grade I'd be rich. FEMALE CLASSMATE 2 If you went to college, you'd have better luck. 2. JACK (pulls out report card) Good thing you were already accepted to Stanley otherwise that minus.. FEMALE CLASSMATE 2 English isn't my first language white boy and your literature sucks. She refers to the Perfext Genes hardcover sticking out of his back pack and walks off. JACK Hey, I don't control what the government makes us read! INT. BOOK STORE – DAY Norah Jaredson, brisk, 40's, author of the YA AI novel, Perfext Genes, doing a book signing. Sitting beside is her 17 year old daughter, Minnie, a chubby but stylish, quiet girl, hands books to the customers. MALE FAN 1 It is interesting how there is no real society left since it is decided by computers. You must write a second one. NORAH (signs book) That's so good to hear. Glad you enjoyed it. Minnie notices Sasha, a cool girl with 2 cute boys who haven't been over yet and walks over. MINNIE Hey, are you here for the signing? We're about to close. SASHA Nah, just hangin out. How'd you get the gig? MINNIE (looks back) She's my mom. I want to be a writer also so I'm learning. 3. Tony and Eric, 2 funny, average teens are leaning against some book shelves chewing gum. Tony straightens up. TONY Awesome. SASHA You write fiction? MINNIE Some. Mainly Short stories. Hoping college will help. ERIC I'm bored. Lets get slurpees. SASHA See ya. Minnie looks back at her mom unsure. Her mom not paying attention. She makes a quick decision. MINNIE Wait. I know a cool place to hang out, if you'd like.. INT. STORE - DAY Jack paying for Christmas lights and toys at cash register. EXT. KEISHA HOUSE -DAY Jack puts up new decorations in front of the small house. Int. Jacks Foster Familys House – Night Jack walks through front door with shopping bags in hand and goes straight to kitchen where Keisha -His foster mom- late 40', tired but kind, is cooking dinner. JACK (sits on counter) What's cookin good lookin? Slides over an envelope with the rest of the money. KEISHA Ooooh and where did you get that? JACK Pulled some extra tutoring shifts. No biggie. 4. Keishas two kids come running out when they hear his voice. Sappy, a happy 6 years old girl and her shy 4 year old brother. KEISHA (smiles and whispers) Thank you. SAPPY Jaaaccckkk. Kids hug his legs. GEORGE What is this. Is it for us? JACK Yeah, Santa needed my help wrapping and if you open it now you'll be on the naughty list. SAPPY Not if you say it's okay! JACK Loopholes, I like it. Go ahead. Kids cheer and run off together with bag. KEISHA I have a present for you as well. JACK Oh? KEISHA A family. JACK Oh. Kids struggle to open packaging in background. KEISHA You know we love you, but I can't afford to send you to college and that's where you belong. JACK (gets off counter) You don't have to worry about that. 5. KEISHA Then why haven't you applied anywhere? JACK I'm just taking a gap year until we pay off the mortgage.. KEISHA (firm) That is not what Roy would have wanted. JACK Look I've made my decision and I talked to Roy.. KEISHA I talked to Roy and he agreed. Your adoption agency wants to do a holiday sponsor video for you. JACK Oooohhh no. I've already said no. That sounds awful.. INT. ADOPTION AGENCY – DAY Jack standing in front of white curtain ready to film adoption video. AGENCY MANAGER Okay now tell us a little bit about yourself. Jack is slouching and looks displeased. JACK No. AGENCY MANAGER (patient) Just start with what you like to do. JACK Getting kidnapped by strangers. Keisha tells Jack to cut it out with her eyes, standing behind the manager. 6. AGENCY MANAGER OKAY CUT! (faces Keisha) You said he was on board. I'm not going to sit here and let him waste my time like last.. Jack claps his hands at camera crew to get their attention and music starts. JACK Hey! Are we ready? CREW (Looks confused and nervous) AGENCY MANAGER Oh boy. Jack starts acting out different personalities. JACK (panicy) I'll be the best son you could ask for! I'll take on two jobs to help pay for your vacations. I can sleep in the attic! JACK (CONT’D) (perky) I love cooking breakfast on Sundays and family game nights. JACK (CONT’D) (fake crying) I just want a family that wont hit me every time I ask for food!” Music slows down. AGENCY MANAGER Why cant you just be honest?! JACK I like loud music, burrito bowls and masterba.. CREW (gasps) AGENCY MANAGER PG PG!.. 1 last cut! 7. Keisha pleads with her facial expression. Cameras roll and Jack sighs. JACK Hey, my name is Jack.. Crew are ready for anything. JACK (CONT’D) I'm 17 and I'm not going to lie.. I really like my space... but I'm good with kids and I wont be a burden since I'm going to college to study artificial intelligence, you know the cool science.. Jack smiles and looks around. JACK (CONT’D) but.. it would be nice to have a place to come home for the holidays and have someone care about my dreams.. I'll give back what ever I take because... family is priceless.. Silence. JACK (CONT’D) (gags) AGENCY MANAGER Cut! Edit that out. Good work kid. Crew claps and manager pats him on back. INT. MINNIES HOUSE GAME ROOM – DAY Tony and Eric are playing a racing game on the big screen while Sasha plays on her phone and Minnie reads a book. SASHA We should get some tanning beds for this room. MINNIE Tanning beds cause cancer. SASHA Just put on some sunscreen. Minnie is dumbfounded. Mom walks in quickly and snatches cigarette from Erics mouth. 8. NORAH (refers to furniture) No smoking under the age of 10. ERIC Chill out. It's just an E-Cig. SASHA Looking good Mrs. J. NORAH Sasha, we are setting up for dinner. I'd invite you but.. I don't like you. SASHA (gets up) Whatever, we are going to the mall next time. Minnie I'll text you the deets. All leave. NORAH (snarky, hands on knees) Ooh, your card or mine? MINNIE (walks past) Mom stop. NORAH What? MINNIE Embarrassing me in front of my friends. NORAH (follows) Oh Sasha is going to be your bridesmaid? The godmother of your children? MINNIE Fine, my distractions from the hell that is my life. NORAH (points to T.V) Is that any way to talk to the person who bought you this 70 inch. 9. MINNIE That wasn't for me. That was for them. NORAH I knew it! MINNIE (storms off) I liked you better when we were poor! INT. ADOPTION AGENCY – DAY Drum roll music starts as video editing lady laughs at Jacks sponsor video and shares the unedited version on social media... it goes viral. VIEW COUNT RISING. SCROLLS DOWN COMMENTS. Can I adopt him <3 1:05 me when I don't want to do homework. This is so rude, there are children out there who actually... (read more..) Omg he's cute. Aww I know this was a joke but I hope he finds a family. Omg Emily you have to watch this. Heart eyes emoji. Students from all over begin sharing this with their friends and watching it in school until Minnie sees it. INT. MINNIES HOUSE GAME ROOM – DAY Shannon, 40's, Norahs best friend who lives with them, wearing a sweater and floral yoga pants. They sit on a couch, playing video games during what supposedly is history class. NORAH Come on! Get him! MINNIE (smashing controller) I am! Now tell me! 10. NORAH You need to get the objective for the answer. MINNIE Shannon got me blown up. SHANNON I thought he was behind. MINNIE (stands up) The test is on Friday. We can't keep playing shooters for history. NORAH You're just going to pull an all nighter and pass anyways. Cheater. MINNIE (confused) Studying is not cheating. NORAH It is in my class. SHANNON (gets up) Why don't we take a break. Minnie, have you thought about what you want for Christmas? They go in the kitchen and Minnie sits on bar stool while mom makes a sandwich. MINNIE Actually yes.. a brother. Norah puts lettuce down. NORAH What kind of teenager asks for a sibling? MINNIE What kind of mom lives with their best friend? NORAH That's everyones dream and it's auntie to you. SHANNON (smiles and eats cereal) 11. MINNIE (serious) His name is Jack. SHANNON (drops head) Shes already named him.. MINNIE And he's looking for a family before he turns 18. Isn't that great? NORAH You're going to college soon, you'll have a roommate. Same thing. MINNIE I'll be going to school for the first time ever. I'm going to die out there.. You have Shannon. Who do I have? NORAH (cuts sandwich) Be careful now. Leo worked hard for that Oscar. MINNIE Everyone knows that having a brother makes you cooler. Shakira had 7 brothers and shes the coolest chic on the planet!.. What would Cheryl say? SHANNON (warns) Hey. Norah and Shannon look at each other, defeated. INT. ADOPTION AGENCY – DAY Agency manager, Jack and Keisha are sitting at desk and see a line of families waiting for an interview. JACK Told you this was a bad idea. AGENCY MANAGER Anything to get you out of here. Interviews begin. 12. JACQUELINE You will be given the best education, your own stylist and car.. Jack takes notes of approval. Keisha rolls her eyes. MR. RIVERA My kids love you. We have big talkers in our family to. You'd fit right in. TEEN GIRL Hi! My mom is waiting in the car. I told her I'd interview you. KEISHA Um thats not how it works. TEEN GIRL Um who are you! Jack rubs his eyes. They move on to the house visits. MONTAGE - Various -Trying to step over toys, he follows the mom through the house with her bundled up newborn in his arms. -Jack is in Jacquelines house trying to keep away from the stylist with the tape measure and has tea with Keisha. -At the Rivera, he looks under the sink and offers to fix the pipes. END OF MONTAGE INT. ADOPTION AGENCY - DAY Jack and Keisha wrap up the interviews. KEISHA I think Jacqueline would be a great fit. JACK You mean the Russian who want me to take etiquette? No. She just wants to fix me. KEISHA The Riveras are not going to be able to send you to college. 13. JACK But being a minority helps your application. KEISHA Adoption doesn't change your ethnicity. JACK Then why am I doing this? Norah Jaredson enters building. KEISHA Please take this seriously. She is your last candidate. Jack recognizes her right away but stays cool. JACK Fine, can I at least get some privacy? Keisha leaves the room as Norah enters and sits across. NORAH This is an interesting set up. Usually it's the families interviewing the children. Not the other way around. JACK Shouldn't it be? You are going to be in charge of my well being. Blocking the porn. Rationing the WiFi. NORAH (not phased) It doesn't have to be that way. We can set up our own boundaries, build trust. I want you to feel like you're a part of the family. JACK I consider my friends my family. Maybe one day I'll find love and make even more family. But one thing I'll never miss is having a mom. So you don't have to worry about that. 14. NORAH Then we can be friends. I know you are interested in studying artificial intelligence. I actually know some.. JACK Yeah, you're that Perfext Genes author. NORAH You've read it? JACK Yeah, you know how twilight made vampires played out? Yours did that for robots. Congrats. NORAH Do you have any real questions? JACK (holding clipboard) Oh, no. I'm only interviewing local candidates and this says you live about 2 hours away so.. NORAH Fine. You don't like my writing.. that doesn't mean you don't like personal chefs or outdoor pool theaters.. Jack takes a moment to think and looks at her. JACK Do you have a princess moon bounce? EXT. ADOPTION AGENCY - DAY Keisha and her kids load Norahs car to go over for the house tour. GEORGE Do they have cotton candy? JACK (Makes eye contact with Norah) You bet. 15. NORAH (On the phone making an order) And a cotton candy stand! She hangs up and goes to greet Keisha. EXT. MINNIES HOUSE POOL – DAY Minnie, Sasha and Tony are sitting on the chairs outside by the pool. Juan, 30's, big guy with a baby face, comes out with a fruit smoothie for Sasha. Minnie thanks him. SASHA What else is there to do around here? TONY You know what I haven't seen yet? Your room. MINNIE (laughs) Theres nothing really to do in there. Unless you want to start a book club. TONY (leaves) Sure, lets see what you're in to. MINNIE Alright.. Sasha grabs Minnies arm. MINNIE (CONT’D) I'll be right there. SASHA (Hands a condom) Here. MINNIE Ew, what are you?! SASHA Fine.. get pregnant. MINNIE No ones getting pregnant! Sasha! 16. SASHA (Grabs hands) You are almost 20 which is almost 25. If you wait, you'll end up settling for someone you think you love and when he breaks your heart you'll die a virgin! MINNIE I'm not having sex with your brother. INT. NORAHS CAR - DAY While the kids sing and take pictures in the back, Norah and Keisha get a chance to talk. NORAH (Smiles in rear view) They get a long well. How long you been together? KEISHA 2 years now. About a year before before my husband passed. NORAH Sorry to hear that. KEISHA I like to believe there's a reason for everything. Roy was a youth counselor and he wanted to do one last good thing so we took in Jack. NORAH Did they get along? KEISHA (smiles) You mean, is he a good boy? Norah uncomfortable. KEISHA (CONT’D) It takes time to warm up to anyone. He slept in the living room for a while, even though I set up his bed in George and Sappys room.. JACK (Leans forward) I can hear you. 17. They pull up to a McMansion on big green land. SAPPY Whooaa. INT. MINNIES ROOM - CONTINUOUS Minnie enters room where Tony is holding 2 beers. MINNIE I told you to stop bringing those here. Are you trying to get me in trouble? TONY Thats the plan. MINNIE (nervous) ..You don't want to see my books do you? INT. MINNIES HOUSE - DAY Jack and Norah leave kids to play in the back yard on the moon bounce while they begin their tour. NORAH (passing through rooms) This is the living room, dining room, family room, game room, second living room and obviously the kitchen. Really the only rule we have is I cook, you clean. JACK So take out? NORAH No, this is a 0 waste household. We try not to buy anything that comes packaged and if we do, we don't throw it out, it goes in here. INT. NORAHS WORKSHOP - DAY She points to life sized mason jars full of trash in her work shop where she recycles them into household decor such as book ends, bags and lamp shades displayed in the room. 18. JACK That's not minimalism. That's hoarding. NORAH Well hoarders are good for the environment. INT. KITCHEN - DAY NORAH We also use metal straws, composting, solar panels, just had them installed. They make the house look god awful but my conscience made me. And reusable toilet paper. JACK (disgust) Can I at least buy my own? NORAH If you dispose them in your jars. JACK That's disgusting. NORAH (moves on) So is pollution. JACK What do you guys eat?! Juan puts down his knife and turns his attention. NORAH Meet Chef Juan. Here for all your vegan culinary needs. I will get you a menu of snacks and meal options you may request. JACK (sarcasm) Well I guess this isn't too different than my other homes, Not feeding me. Lunch at school is my only meal.. NORAH Oh, you're a drama queen to. You and Minnie will get along nicely. 19. JACK Who? INT. MINNIES ROOM - DAY TONY (moves closer) I'm kind of glad Eric isn't here. We never get any alone time. MINNIE (blush) Yeah, but maybe we should get back to Keisha. TONY She probably went home. MINNIE Oh.. would you like me to give you a ride? TONY Whatever you're comftorable with. MINNIE Oh my god. INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY JACK (walks) Thanks for letting them come over. NORAH What do you say? JACK (stops) I still don't know why you're doing this. BEGIN FLASHBACK: INT. NORAHS CAR - EARLIER THAT DAY KEISHA But Roy taught him that just because Jack didn't need anybody, doesn't mean nobody needed him. 20. END FLASHBACK. NORAH ..My daughter has wanted a brother for a long time. I've been pretty selfish in my life so I'm trying to do the right thing. JACK You just want me to fulfill your conscience like everything else you do. NORAH Then use me. You'll have free range of the house. Pick 2 rooms, I don't care and of course I'll pay for your college. Please.. JACK (conditions) I don't have a curfew. NORAH Am I supposed to stay up worrying about you? JACK I'll send selfie updates okay? NORAH ..No filter? JACK (laughs) Deal..one last thing.. I don't sign anything until I'm ready. INT. MINNIES ROOM - DAY TONY (looks into eyes) Sorry if I came on a little strong. It's just, I've just always thought you were pretty.. MINNIE (shy) Really? TONY (rolls eyes and kisses) 21. JACK (O.C.) What's in this room? Jack enters room and Minnie pulls away from Tony, shocked to see him. MINNIE Jack? Jack notices beers and rushes to hide them behind desk, knowing her mom is right behind him. NORAH Minnie? Mom is not happy to see Tony in Minnies room as she already dislikes these new friends. To make matters worse, she smells the beer. NORAH (CONT’D) I've been calling you but now I see why you couldn't hear me. Finds bottles immediately. MINNIE Alcohol doesn't impair hearing. NORAH (whispers) Are you.. active? MINNIE That's rude. NORAH Oh, don't make me say the word. TONY No, thanks to you. Minnie embarrased and Norahs eyes narrow. JACK Sorry.. TONY (leaves) I'll come back later. MINNIE Why don't you tell me anything! (shakes Jacks hand) Hi, I'm Minnie. 22. NORAH I told you not to have anyone over today. MINNIE (still smiling at Jack) You didn't tell me why. Can we get you something to drink? I'm sure my mom hasn't offered. Silence. NORAH (shuts door) I'll leave you two alone.. Jack looks around room as Minnie sits on bed and stares. MINNIE Thanks for the help. I promise we weren't doing anything.. JACK .. When your mom said you wanted a brother I assumed you were.. younger. MINNIE (sits on bed) Oh.. I saw your video and thought I could help. JACK (sits next to) She told me I could help you.. MINNIE ..It would be nice to have someone to talk to while Norah and Shannon watch the Bachelor. JACK No pressure. MINNIE Sorry, you probably have girls lined up around the block waiting to interview you. JACK I'm not going to move in with a fan girl. That's creepy. You're not like that are you? 23. MINNIE (grossed out) If I ever call you cute, know I mean annoying. JACK (smiles) Name calling already. We've made it official.. Minnie realizes what this means. MINNIE Oh, are you serious?! She almost hugs him but gives a handshake instead. INT. JACKS OLD HIGHSCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Jack says goodbye to Sean with a hug and parts with old classmates. INT. KEISHA FRONT DOOR - NIGHT Jack and Keisha say goodbye. KEISHA (hugs) So proud of you. I know this wasn't easy. JACK They're vegan. You'll be happy to know I'll be starving. KEISHA (laughs) One last thing.. I know you are no tutor.. What ever it is your into, you've got to stop. Don't let anything get in the way of this chance. JACK You know me. It's nothing. KEISHA I also know you have a good heart. Even if it's in the right place, don't let it get you in trouble. 24. INT. MINNIES DINING ROOM - NIGHT Jack arrives late and doesn't eat much at dinner. Everyone makes small talk but can feel he doesn't want to talk. INT. JACKS ROOM - NIGHT He lays on his bed in his new empty room, feeling lonely once again. EXT. MINNIE POOL – DAY Jack, Sasha, Minnie and Tony are laying on pizza floats in the pool. JACK Is this what you guys do all day? SASHA Yup. JACK Why not just go to the mall? SASHA Because I can do this. Hey Juan! Can I have some celery and hummus? Juan is laying on a chair tanning. JUAN Nope. SASHA (Mouth drops) Norah walks over in a black and white suit and heels. NORAH Jack where are all your things? Your room is empty. Tony go home. TONY You know, you're not making me feel very welcomed! JACK I let the kids keep all my stuff. You're getting me new ones. NORAH Okay, lets go. 25. JACK Really? NORAH Yeah, but we've got to hurry. I have another tour in 3 days. SASHA Hey! what about us? NORAH Do you want to live with me? SASHA No. EXT. STRIP MALL - DAY Jack, Minnie, Norah and Shannon stand outside looking up at all the stores. JACK I can get what ever I want? NORAH (disclaimer) You have a budget of 2500. That does not include furniture but does include clothing and online purchases. You will have a remaining 1 grand allowance per year. If you need all of it at once, you will not get any more with out earning it. JACK So..not daddy Warbucks? MINNIE You're lucky. Ran out of my budget when I was 12. MONTAGE -Jack tossing video games 1 by 1 into cart behind him. -Jack puts huge gaming chair in cart with framed movie poster. -He grabs mainly dark t-shirts with quotes off the hangers and tosses them into cart. -They try on different expensive, comfy headphones. 26. -Jack takes photo with a cashier that is a fan. -He goes into a Spencers like store. Norah doesn't let Minnie go in but Shannon takes her inside anyways. END OF MONTAGE INT. JACKS NEW ROOM - DAY Jack looks at finished bedroom filled with graphic pillows, blood splattered lamp, movie posters, a bikini blowup doll and other unnecessary accessories. JACK This looks stupid. INT. STORE - DAY Jack returns most of the items he just bought. INT. JACKS ROOM - DAY Jack is finally on his bed only keeping the posters, gaming chair and cool alarm clock. The blow up doll slightly poking out from under his bed. INT. KITCHEN - DAY Norah and Minnie are doing homework on kitchen table the next morning. Jack walks past. NORAH Where are you going? JACK (sighs) Nearest school for my age group. NORAH You don't have to. JACK (turns back to room) Okay. NORAH We do homeschooling. 27. JACK (turns back toward exit) Never mind. MINNIE What! If he doesn't have to do homeschooling, neither do I. SHANNON So it begins. NORAH You don't want that. I wish everyone could skip this stage in life. High school is the worst thing that ever happens to you. Shannon knows and she's been divorced. SHANNON (nods) MINNIE How do you expect me to handle college then? NORAH There are bullies, dollar store food, homework. I am giving you the no high school experience. MINNIE Mom, it's 2019. No one Bullies anymore. Norah and Shannon crack up. Even Jack smiles. JACK I'll take care of her.. but we may need to make one small change. CLOSE UP ON - BACK OF JACKS HEAD As he walks past, the schools name reads FUCKING HIGHSCHOOL. Scenes of girls filming vlogs, teacher watching porn and teens vaping in a group. 28. EXT. WESMONT HIGH - DAY Vickey(17), with her perky, harmless, charm arrives at the crosswalk, just missing her turn, where a female student with glasses is directing traffic. Her sporty, childhood friend Jasmine(17) and helpful, freshmen Taylor(15) along side. VICKEY Oh come on, we're already late. CROSSING GUARD (waving for cars to pass) Sorry.. 4 person minimum. VICKEY Jasmine had a burrito for breakfast so she's kind of like 2 people. JASMINE Fuck you. I had practice and you said I could afford it. Vickey and Taylor laugh. VICKEY Pleaaassee. CROSSING GUARD (sighs and stops cars) VICKEY (walks) Thank yooouuu. INT. WESMONT HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Minnie and Jack choose names while he sets up his locker. MINNIE I don't even look like a Kara. That's just my middle name. JACK (puts away books) Celebrities do it all the time. You try it. MINNIE Olivia. JACK Danielle. 29. MINNIE Alex. JACK Karen. MINNIE No one names themselves Karen. JACK MJ. MINNIE The king of pop? JACK Like your initials. It'll be cool. MINNIE Okay but.. A bunch of guys recognize him and interrupt. MALE STUDENT Hey! Your that dude from the funny adoption video! I have the coolest meme to show you. They take him him away, leaving Minnie stranded. MONTAGE -Jack surrounded by a growing group, as students over hear who he is. Minnie noticing from afar. -Minnie annoyed when she sees combo desk chairs in one of her classes. She tries to fit into one comfortably, without getting noticed. -Jack finally alone and Minnie tries to walk up to him but is cut off by another girl. -Minnie trying to find class 110 reading the doors 107, 108, 109 then 111. MINNIE (whispers) Where is it? MONTAGE ENDS 30. INT. CAFETERIA - DAY Minnie notices a girl sitting alone so she approaches. MINNIE Can I sit here? FEMALE STUDENT (looks but doesn't respond) MINNIE (sits) Do you have Mrs. Conley for English? The girl leaves. Minnie feeling defeated. INT. ENGLISH CLASS - DAY Minnie walks into class and sees Jack in the back, everyone chatting away. The teacher greets her. MALE TEACHER You must be our new student. MINNIE (unenthused) Please call me MJ. I prefer it. She sits down next to Vickey, Jasmine and Taylor. MALE TEACHER (hands papers to each row) Let's do a refresher worksheet on Stanzas. If you are new here, try your best. Girls go back to chatting. VICKEY I have a Q and A with my fans today for helping me reach 10 thousand followers! TAYLOR Oh my gosh, you have to do a meet and greet. VICKEY Aren't those like creepy? 31. TAYLOR We can do it at the mall. Totally safe. VICKEY Alright.. Vickey notices Jack and is suddenly intrigued. VICKEY (CONT’D) (looks back) Who's that? TAYLOR (shocked) Isn't that the funny orphan guy? VICKEY From the adoption video! Why didn't you tell me? JASMINE I didn't know he was coming here. VICKEY He's kind of cute. Minnie over hears and looks over at them. Vickey notices the stare. VICKEY (CONT’D) (harsh) What? Jack sees this and walks passed them to turn in his paper. Vickey smiles at him walking toward her. As he walks past, he says something directed at her under his breath. JACK So pretty, so little substance. VICKEY (scoffs) He turns in paper and returns to desk. Vickey walks up to him. VICKEY (CONT’D) What did you say to me? JACK I called you pretty. 32. VICKEY For a bitch? JACK We are our worst enemy. VICKEY (angry) I was going to invite you on my vlog, but not anymore. JACK I have more fans than you and I don't have a vlog.. VICKEY (scoffs) Well I was also going to save you a seat at lunch! JACK Were you going to save me some food or will I have trouble finding that to? Class laughs. MALE TEACHER Please return to your seat Mrs. Vanderhal. VICKEY (leaves mad) TAYLOR (O.S) I told you not to talk to him. Jack smiles at Minnie. EXT. MINNIES HOUSE - DAY A group of new friends walk Jack home after school. JACK Thanks guys. I'd invite you in but, you know how celebrities are. Sasha, Tony and Eric appear next to Jack. MALE STUDENT 1 Who's that? 33. JACK (breathes) Distant cousins.. SASHA (smiles) Group waves and moves on as Minnie pulls up in a car. JACK Did you drive? School is 3 blocks away. MINNIE (monotone and walks past) It was hot out. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT Norah, Minnie, Jack and Shannon having a meatless dinner of french fries smothered in guacamole. JACK This is starting to feel like the big brother house. NORAH You have french fries and nachos all the time. Now eat. JACK (takes bite and nods) SHANNON How was school today? MINNIE JACK Not going back. Didn't miss it. NORAH Well there's only 7 months left. You'll survive. MINNIE JACK What! What? NORAH If I had to go through that hell so do you. JACK That's child abuse. 34. SHANNON (laughs) JACK Making your kids suffer what you suffered. It's called a cycle. Look it up. NORAH I've been thinking and I realized if I could go back I would have tried to enjoy it more. Ironically enough, high school is one of the few places where you get the chance to influence a big group of people. Minnie and Jack slowly look up as if they are deeply thinking about this. NORAH (O.S.) (CONT’D) So I say give em hell while you still can. MINNIE JACK Lame. I'm going to my room. INT. HOUSE HALLWAY - NIGHT MINNIE Are you going to ditch me again tomorrow? JACK Oh. Yeah, sorry. I'm just.. MINNIE Popular and I'm not. JACK It's called 15 minutes for a reason. It'll be over soon. MINNIE You can't just leave me like that. I'm new to all this and today really sucked. JACK You know it was my first day to and.. 35. MINNIE And my first day ever. I wonder how they compared.. Minnie goes into her room. INT. HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BATHROOM - DAY A new day at school and Vickey is daily vlogging on her phone. Taylor is holding a light. VICKEY (Hand signals peace sign) VV here. Did your garbage friends forget to tell you about the cute, new guy in class? Try this 5 minute look.. JASMINE (rolls eyes) INT. WESMONT HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Jack is unpacking his locker and sees Minnie leaving when 2 guys start harassing her. AARON Beep. Beep. Beep. Move out of the way. Truck coming. Jack walks over without hesitation. JACK Hey, whats your name? AARON (smiles) Can I help you? JACK Yeah, would help if you stopped being a tool. AARON Oh I see.. that's your girlfriend. Times are hard are they? Scraping the bottom of the barrel? Minnie walks off. 36. JACK (gets close) I would actually shut up for once if I were you.. AARON Ooo! Does your new family know about your anger problems? JACK (Makes fist) AARON (Laughs and surrenders hands in air) COUNSELOR Jack you're coming with me. Rest of you.. They walk off together as halls clear. Counselor stops. COUNSELOR (CONT’D) You can go now. I'm not actually taking you to the principles. JACK Then why do this? COUNSELOR I know you're going through a rough patch but violence is still not condoned so I'll let you off this one time. JACK (walks) If you really cared, he'd be here and not me. INT. HISTORY CLASS - DAY Jack is sitting in class with students talking to him too much. At this point he is worn out when he see's Minnie sitting at the very front desk. He quickly moves to a seat near by. JACK (whispers) What are you doing! MINNIE You've left me no choice. 37. JACK No one talks up here. You're not going to make any friends. MINNIE If the students wont like me, teachers might as well. Minnie begins raising her hand and answering every question quickly. Jack nervously watches. MINNIE (CONT’D) 1914! Gutenberg! Germany! Globe Theater! JACK (whispers) Stop that. You look like Hitler! Vickey walks over with Jasmine and Taylor. VICKEY I know we got off on the wrong foot so I wanted to invite you to my pool party. JACK A pool party in December? What a time to be alive. VICKEY (chants) Go global warming! JASMINE That has nothing to do with Florida. JACK Can MJ come? VICKEY (fake smile) Of course!.. The whole class is invited. JASMINE What? I didn't make enough cake for that. VICKEY (annoyed) I don't want cake. Why are you always talking about food! 38. JASMINE Birthday cake, you bitch. TAYLOR (nervous smile) We'll see you there. EXT. VICKEY HOUSE POOL - DAY A bunch of teens are eating pizza, tanning and throwing foam footballs. Jack, Minnie, Sasha, Tony and Eric walk up to Vickey in the pool. Minnie is wearing a blue print tank and skirt swimsuit. VICKEY Oh my gosh, I love your bathing suit. It's so flattering. MINNIE (Cautious) Thanks. SASHA (hands on hips) What are we doing here? We have a pool at home. VICKEY Who's this? JACK You said the whole class was invited and they are apart of our graduating class.. (dull) they invited themselves.. SASHA If Eric passes algebra! Eric is running to jump off diving board. ERIC (jumps) Yo, fuck algebra! Ice cream truck is heard nearby. VICKEY Jasmine, it's your favorite song. Now you and MJ have something in common. 39. MJ gets up and leaves. JASMINE You know what? Maybe I will. Everyone at party leaves. VICKEY Oh come on that was funny. Where is everyone going?! Vickey gets out of pool and hears the ice cream truck play happy birthday music. Everyone is at truck when Taylor brings out cake. VICKEY (CONT’D) Oh.. JACK You really need to chill out. Even friends have their limits. Vickey runs over to group. JASMINE It's made with Pennys ice cream so it's only a third of the sugar and calories. VICKEY You guysss. INT. MINNIE BEDROOM - NIGHT Minnie and Jack sitting on her bed. MINNIE I thought having a brother would make me cool but If this is what my social skills are like, what hope do I have for college? JACK My coolness can't rub off on you in a day. You've gotta give it time. Let it marinate. Sasha and Tony like you. MINNIE They just like my things.