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Will walks across the lawn as other boys play. Music "What you wish
for", by Guster
over): Maybe it's because I'm young. Maybe it's because it's summer. Maybe
it's because I'm at Rawley. There are some days you just feel so lucky to where
you are, when you are, and who you are, and you can't help wondering if
everyone else feels as lucky as you do
Cut to lake,
where the boys are dismantling the crew boat. Bella and some girls are on the
opposite dock. Bella waves.
BELLA: hey guys
She gets in a
canoe and starts to row over, when a jet ski rides up.
Bennett, what are you doing here?
PAIGE: I just
started at Rawley girls. Hi, I'm Paige.
WILL: Uh, Will
PAIGE: Nice to
WILL: Nice to
you looked great
and steps out of her canoe.
Scout, hey Will
WILL: Hey Bella
this is Paige
WILL: You know
that a really cool Ski-Doo.
Scout, you want to go for a ride?
Will, why don't you go first?
WILL: Yeah, uh,
life is this?
Paige and Will
Cut to Bella
and Scout on the beach.
SCOUT: She's a
friend of the family's
don't have to say that
SCOUT: I know
BELLA: I think
she likes you. So you should ask her out.
don't have to say that.
BELLA: I know.
credits, "Six Packs", by the Getaway People
me", by Johnny Lang
down hall, and Kate comes up next to him. She pulls a cigarette from behind
back Ryder. I thought you promised me you were gonna quit.
RYDER: I will,
Mrs. Fleming. How's your husband?
KATE: Oh, the
dean? He's just fine. And much less understanding about smoking.
fine too, he started this summer.
grow up so fast, don't they
They sure do
at his room and looks around.
RYDER: What a
Cut to a
FINN: About the
curriculum for poetry class
right it looks fine. Pretty basic. Missing a little estrogen perhaps
Sully count? (pause) Mmm remember this song?
FINN: Yeah you
KATE: No I
FINN: You and
me in the boathouse
KATE: You me
"you and I in the boathouse"
correct my grammar and I won't tell you who the father of cubism is.
Cut to Will
coming down the hall. He stops in the doorway when he seems them. Ryder comes
up behind him.
would been introduction to grabbing the dean's wife's ass.
WILL: If I were
you I'd pretend I never saw that.
Isn't this is summer session? Bikinis, martinis, and Lamborghini's.
the matter precious? What are you gonna do? Should I?
He threatens to
then runs. Finn and Kate pull apart.
KATE: What was
that? I'm gonna go.
Kate leaves the
Cut to dock
went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. To front only the
essential facts of life. To see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and
not, when I came to die discover I had not lived." Ok, what do we know
SCOUT: Ah, he
packed it all in to live by himself in the woods.
FINN: In a
place like this. This sis the setting that inspired him. And now here we are.
Can you imagine what he was trying to do?
WILL: Maybe to
ah, be an individual, to find himself by stepping away from society and all the
maybe the institution of marriage. Wasn't he like hot for Emerson's wife..
(laughs) Maybe he was getting up to a little extracurricular activity out here
in the woods. You know who that can be
WILL: It's not
possible. Emerson was Thoreau's mentor, his friend
Besides, it's kind of hard to get things going when you invite a woman to your
cabin with no heat for a wild weekend. I think it's safe to assume that
Thoreau lived in the woods alone. Let's face it, the life of a philosopher
poet is a pretty solitary gig. Ok, for tomorrow I want you guys to read Civil
Cut to the gas
station. Music is "Opened Eyes" by Idol. Paige pulls up in her car.
PAIGE: I don't
know what just happened
BELLA: Yeah, it
ah, it sounds like your cable snapped
Cut to the two
girls lying under the car.
you're good to go for now but the hook is definitely tweaked so you're gonna
have to get it replaced at some point.
you, you saved my life.
Oh, I love French Manicures
Bella, How much do I owe you?
BELLA: Um, it's
on the house.
Hey, I'll owe you a French manicure.
Cut to Jake's
room. She's talking on a cell phone while dressing.
Consuela, it's Jakeah.. Jacqueline. Yeah. Is Mom there? Oh, she left again.
Hollywood. Wow. No, no, glad the role came through. Yeah, well, I'm sure
they mean to call and tell me. No, it happens, it happens. Yeah, I will. I
miss you too, Consuela. Bye.
Cut to the
Rawley Academy Lawn. Hamilton is playing Frisbee when his mom and a redheaded
KATE: Oh, hold
on one second. Here's Munchie. Hi, hi.
drop the Munchie
KATE: Ok. Uh,
Lena, Hamilton, Hamilton, Lena. Hamilton's my son. Lena's here is from LA and
she's touring our school, so could you do me a favor and take her back to the girls'
campus so she doesn't get lost, OK
Cut to Hamilton
and Lena walking.
what's it like in LA?
indigenous. Even the palm trees are brought in. I always wanted to say that
it's from the "The Way we Were."
Mostly old ones
just restored an old drive in near here. It opens tomorrow night
Jake sees them
approaching as she walks across the lawn, and jumps down into their path.
JAKE: Hi Lena.
La. She's checking out Rawley for fall semester. I was gonna show her to the
JAKE: Mm, well,
going to the drive in tomorrow night to see a movie, do you want to come music
LENA: You know,
you look exactly like my ex-boyfriend.
JAKE: I hope
that's a compliment
LENA: It is
know, people tell me and Jake that we look alike
real? Hm. I don't see it
girls school, is this way
LENA: So, we're
gonna see you tomorrow night?
JAKE: Yes you
LENA: He looks
exactly like my ex-boyfriend.
Cut to Will and
Scout in the interior of Friendly's. The tables are a mess.
WILL: This is
why I don't give whipped cream cans to kids.
it's my mess. Go on, get outta here, I'll close up
Cut to a view
of the gas station. Bella and Scout meet eyes and smile. Cut back to
WILL: So, how
bout you and Paige, huh?
really likes you, it's pretty obvious.
Did she put an ad in the paper?
WILL: If you're
not gonna go for it because of Bella, that's pretty lame.
SCOUT: I grew
up with Paige. I've always thought of her as more of a sister.
WILL: Life's so
get out of here.
Cut to a view
of the gas station, where Bella and Sean are now having a water fight. Cut
back inside, as Scout fills his mouth with whipped cream, and the door opens
PAIGE: Hey. So
you do work here.
How's charmingly eccentric
PAIGE: Am I too
late for a quickie?
SCOUT: A what?
PAIGE: A burger
you're not to late for a quickie.
Cut to the lawn
about that class we're, ah, teaching together.
KATE: It's just
not gonna work.
FINN: Mm, why,
cause you want to stay away from me
KATE: No, no, because
I don't , I mean, because we can't. And I just wanted to be very clear about
Until you're right next to me and then it gets a little blurry.
Cut to the
common room at Rawley.
gentlemen. I'm making a documentary chronicling the hopes, the fears, the
dreams of some of our freshmen, setting forth at the illustrious Rawley
Academy. Let's start with you. Tell us child, what is your name?
Harry Johnson, that's brilliant. Tell us Harry, why are you here at Rawley?
HARRY: I I
guess to go to school.
Johnson, future suicide.
WILL: Why are
you here, Ryder?
my mother had the poor taste to marry American, and this is his pathetic idea
of a good school. I'm hoping it proves to be the low point in my life. And
from what I understand, it will probably be the high point of yours. I'm sorry,
but at some point the scholarship money will run out, and let's face it, the
tips your mum makes at the wash and set just aren't gonna cut it at these
WILL: You are a
useless individual, aren't you?
But I'm great fun.
not even your camera, Ryder. That's school property.
Hamilton. Tell us Ham, have you gonna laid yet? I mean, I know it's been hard
for you all these years, being the runt among all these nubile young women.
WILL: Why don't
you just lay off him Ryder?
bother will, I'm outta here.
I mention sex and he wants to be alone. What our boy Hamilton doesn't realize
is that while he's yet to wet his whistle, his loving mother is loving someone
other than his loving father. Kind of ironic, which I'm sure Finn would point
out. Which is ironic in itself, seeing as Finn's the one she's doing.. You
saw the whole thing Krudski, why don't you give us a blow-by-blow.
Will gets up
and knocks the camera out of Ryder's hands. It smashes to the floor.
Krudski, I was on a roll.
enters and picks up the camera.
Gentlemen. What's going on here?
dean Fleming. I'm so sorry, I dropped it by accident. I'm so clumsy, if it's
broken I'll pay for it, I'll
not necessary, Ryder. We can get it fixed, it's just a camera.
Gentlemen, is something wrong?
Opens in the
gas stations (?), where Bella and Paige are seated doing French Manicures.
"Have it All" by Jeremy Kay
PAIGE: Now this
is the only tricky part. You just want to get the white-white of the nail
across the very tip. Kind of like a half moon. (pause) Can you keep a secret?
BELLA: Oh yeah.
been in love with Scout Calhoun since I was like five years old. I have Dr.
Seuss books with 'Paige Calhoun' scribbled all over them. I want him to be my
ok. I thought I made a big mistake. Until he asked me out last night. We're
going to the drive in tonight.
that's great. Really great. Sean and I are going to the drive in too
I'll see you there
Cut to the
street in New Rawley. Will and Scout are walking, Scout is wheeling his bike alongside.
WILL: You know
how in Civil Disobedience Thoreau talks about how it's ok to break the rules
sometimes if you do it for the right reason?
WILL: What do
you think? Believe that's true?
on the circumstances. My dad got arrested for demonstrating against Vietnam.
always have to do what you think is right, regardless of the consequences. You
know? Why, you thinking of staging a revolution?
WILL: No. Not
SCOUT: In that
case you wanna go on a double date?
WILL: Who you
She stopped by the diner last night after you left.
WILL: That'd be
cool. You know? You and Paige, me and my right hand. Where you guys going?
SCOUT: Drive in
Right. You know you're a big boy, I think you can do this one on your own
Cut to the
empty hallway of Rawley Academy at night. He looks around as he approaches a
locked door, then takes out his wallet.
WILL: Life is
He takes out
his Rawley ID, looks at the truth is virtue logo, and picks the lock. He goes
in, but can't get the tape out of the camera, so he takes it with him.
WILL: Um, it's
not.. I mean it's not what it looks like
KATE: What is
WILL: Well, um,
there's something on the tape.
KATE: Give me
the camera Will.
sorry, but I'm gonna have to bring this up with the dean. This could mean
Cut to the
drive in, where Sean and Bella sit in her blue truck.
weird huh? Everything old becomes hip. This place has been packed since it
became a revival house.
SEAN: I know
something old I'd like to see here?
and what's that?
SEAN: A bench
seat. He slides over to sit on the gear shift.
Cut to Scout
and Paige in her convertible at the drive in.
Everything all right?
SCOUT: Yeah, I
haven't seen this movie before, it's pretty good
Hamilton, Lena, and Jake sitting in lawn chairs at the drive in.
movie's so romantic
creepy, she's a witch
LENA: No, I
mean, two people fall for each other under the worst possible circumstances,
and they go for it.
look, full moon
JAKE: Oh yeah,
look at that
it's a full moon tomorrow night
Thanks for the update
JAKE: I'm gonna
go and get some jujubes.
Jake gets up
and leaves, and Lena turns her attention to Hamilton.
LENA: I thought
he'd never leave
do you mean?
LENA: I mean,
you've gotta tell me everything. Do you think he likes me? I thought I got
those vibes, but am I confusing signals? He's so hard to read. But that's
kind of what I like about him.
LENA: Can you
talk to him for me?
I mean, bad idea
LENA: What, you
talking to him or us getting together?
don't know. I just don't see it. The whole thing.
She gets up and
moves into Jake's seat, leaving an empty chair between her and Hamilton.
Cut back to
Sean and Bella.
this can't be comfortable
SEAN: I'm ok.
I uh, glad you came here with me tonight
BELLA: Me too
wanted to ask you out for a long time, its' weird cause we were always around
people and we've always been friends and it's nice to be here alone.
Bella sees Scout
putting his arm around Paige.
SEAN: You ok?
actually I'm great.
Bella and Sean
Cut to Scout
PAIGE: What are
we doing here together?
watching a movie, eating stale popcorn
PAIGE: Are you
at least gonna kiss me?
PAIGE: Scout, I
wanted us to be together
SCOUT: We are
PAGIE: No, I
wanted you to be my first
SCOUT: You mean
like right here right now?
here. Like I'm gonna lose my virginity at a drive in.
right, new car smell, ash tray marks in the back of my neck
PAGIE: (fed up)
Go get us a coke
Scout see Bella
and Sean kissing as he walks by. Sean looks up and notices Scout staring at
SEAN: You want
something from the snack bar?
tamales would be good
and Bella turns to see Ryder standing at her door.
darling? Aren't you a little bit young to drive? I mean, personally, I like girls
who break the law, but I wouldn't want you to get into trouble.
BELLA: How bout
girls who break the legs?
She opens the
door, hitting his shins. He stumbles back as she gets out and leaves.
(calling after her) That was very funny. So young! So bad! (under his breath)
Hamilton, Lena, and Jake. Jake comes back, without her jujubees, and sits in
between Hamilton and Lena.
JAKE: They were
The three sit
in silence, Jake obviously feels very awkward in the middle.
Cut to the
snack bar. Scout has just bought a couple of sodas when Sean comes running up.
Scout, what the hell do you think you were doing back there?
SCOUT: I was on
my way to the snack bar. I'm not going to ask you what you were doing, because
I think that was pretty obvious.
that supposed to mean?
SCOUT: It means
Bella is very special, and you just better treat her right
you, who do you think you are to tell me how to treat Bella? What are you, her
running in as the boys get to throwing punches.
Sean, stop it.
Now! Walk away.
Scout's drink tray, causing the Cokes to spill. He and Bella walk away. Scout
turns to see Ryder on his other side.
(smiling) You should've hit him.
Opens on the
crew team rowing. Pans with them till we see Paige and Bella sitting at the
edge of the lake watching the boys row
PAIGE: I don't
know. I was with Scout but it was like we were never alone. It's almsotas if
there was someone else sitting in the car with us. Does that make any sense?
BELLA: Maybe he
just takes a little while to warm up
PAIGE: He's a
15 year old guy sitting in a car with a girl at a drive in. There's either
someone else in the picture or he's been hurt during the war. And there's been
no war. So Bella, is there? Someone else I mean.
BELLA: Um, I
don't know, I don't know.
Cut to the
interior of Friendly's. Scout is behind the counter working when Bella bursts
through the door.
BELLA: Scout we
have to talk
SCOUT: Look I'm
sorry about last night, I know I was out of line.
BELLA: Out of
line? Try out of your mind. I was on a date, OK? I have the right to be on a
SCOUT: I know
you do, it wasn't about that. It's about who you're on a date with.
BELLA: You know
this is getting really boring. Why can't you just be happy for me, why?
he's not the kind of guy I see you with.
BELLA: You keep
saying that. So, what kind of guy do you see me with, exactly?
what I thought. We can't see each other any more
SCOUT: What are
you talking about? I was just worried about you like a brother.
Oh, OK. Then
tell me, you're with this beautiful smart girl last night. How did it go? Did
you enjoy it? Did you even kiss her?
answer. We're not going down this road again. Goodbye Scout.
Cut to the lawn
outside of Rawley. Kate comes running after Finn.
FINN: If you're
gonna give me another lecture, save your breath. I get it.
KATE: I'm not.
It's not about us. Last night I saw Will coming out of my husband's office.
It was late, and um, there was no one else there, and he was taking a video
FINN: Did he
say what he was doing?
KATE: Well, he
was stealing it. And I know that you guys are close. I just thought you might
have some idea how to handle this.
giving me a lot of credit. He walks away.
KATE: Yes I am
Kate and Finn
walk off in different directions, and Jake and Hamilton meet up.
JAKE: I win
JAKE: Oh, yeah,
I won Lena? What, does she come with a trip to Hawaii?
know what I mean. She likes you. Not that I really care.
JAKE: No, it's
just a chemistry thing. You know, something you can't control, just some
JAKE: Look, I'm
sure you've clicked with plenty of babes.
HAMILTON: Do you
JAKE: Oh, I
don't know, I mean, she's hot, right?
a minute, you think she's hot.
whatever happens, I'm cool with it.
You're a guy, she likes you, go for it.
isn't wrong with this picture.
Cut to Finn's
classroom. Class is just ending.
FINN: Will, I'd
like to talk to you.
The rest of the
boys go, but Will remains.
FINN (cont): I
heard about the incident last night with the video camera
That's all you have to say is right?
WILL: Well what
else do you want me to say?
FINN: How bout
what the hell you think you were doing stealing? I know you don't have as much
money as the other guys around here, but you're about to get your ass kicked
out of this school.
WILL: Is that
what you think? That I tried to steal some camera cause I need money?
FINN: You broke
into the dean's office, you stole something, you have no excuse. What am I
supposed to think?
WILL: Let me help
you. Imagine a student saw something he wasn't supposed to see. A teacher,
but not just any teacher, a teacher who's been really good to him. A teacher
kissing the wife of the dean.
FINN: Oh my
WILL: And now,
imagine another student seeing this, but a real jerk. Who during a hazing
spree videotapes this information and it ends up in the dean's office. What
would you have done? And you know what the funny part of all this is? The
tape is still on the dean's desk. So now, you're the one with the moral
dilemma. You're the one with all of the learning, the lectures, the
philosophy. You're the grown-up. You go and decide what's right and wrong.
Cut to Finn in
his classroom. He is thinking about what to do. He looks out the window and
sees Kate and Hamilton playing with their golden retrievers. Cut to the lawn.
KATE: Oh. Hi
wanted you to know I talked to will and there was something on the tape that
was stuck in the video camera. Something personal about some people at
school. He was just trying to protect them
KATE: Oh, Ok.
What was it?
doesn't matter, he wasn't stealing it.
KATE: Are you
sure about that?
KATE: Oh, good,
that's great, I'm glad to hear it. And, ah, thank you for, ah, you know,
FINN: And about
the other day.
KATE: You know
FINN: No, I
agree with you. I just want you to know you don't have to worry about me and
KATE: Oh. OK
I have a family ot go feed, dinner on the table so, I'll see ya.
Cut to the
lakeside. Scout is sitting under a tree when Paige walks up.
SCOUT: Hi Paige
PAIGE: I was
just wondering, my mom and dad are having a party on their boat this weekend. I
thought Maybe you could come with me.
SCOUT: Ah, this
weekend. I'm not sure. I think I've got a meet, I think
Scout can' I tell you something?
PAIGE: I like
you scout. I've always liked you
PAIGE: I'm just
telling you because I don't believe in wasting time, yours or mine. Are you
just not interested in me?
SCOUT: No, no
that's not it at all
whatexactly is it? Cause I personally think you're about to blow a really
me, I know
PAIGE: So is it
a chemistry thing, a timing thing, or I making a complete idiot of myself and
there's someone else.
SCOUT: It isn't
about you. It's kind of a timing thing.
PAIGE: So I
guess I won't be seeing you this weekend. Fair enough. See, wasn't that easier
than a bunch of bad dates that ultimately led no where?
You're pretty cool, Paige.
SCOUT: Yeah, I
Cut to Jake's
LENA: Hey Jake
can I come in?
JAKE: Um, yeah,
JAKE: So I
thought you were leaving for the airport by no
LENA: Yeah, I
just wanted to come by and tell you that I had a really good time last night,
and say thanks, and that I'm transferring to Rawley Girls.
you're welcome and that's great
LENA: I just I
think we really connected and that since I'm gonna be at Rawley, you'll
JAKE: Oh, I,
uh, I will.
LENA: Because I
think you're really cool
JAKE: I think
you're cool too
LENA: And I
hope that we can hang out again or something.
Lena leans in
and kisses Jake, but he immediately recoils. He grabs her hands.
JAKE: Oh, um,
Lena, this isn't gonna work. Oh, ah, that's not what I mean. This isn't you
at all, see-
Lena tries to
pull away, not believing him. No no, you're beautiful and I would be on you in
a second if you walked through that door, but I'm in love with someone and it
just wouldn't be right. I hope you understand, and I hope you know how deeply
impressed I am that you had the courage to do this, because I sure wouldn't.
LENA: I should
have listened to Hamilton. He said this was a bad idea
JAKE: He did
LENA: Yeah, I
think he was jealous
JAKE: I guess
he likes you
LENA: No, I
think he likes you
Cut to the
hallway as Lena, the Jake enters.
Lena just walks
away smiling. The boys in the hall hoot and holler and Jake makes a cool little
"Cowabunga Dude" sign with her hand.
RAWLEY BOYS: Oh
yeah, yeah, way to go man
What's going on?
Jake had that hot Cali chick in his room.
JAKE: It's not
what it looks like
Cut to the
dock. Will is standing there, when Finn walks up and takes the camera out of
FINN: Any idea
how the hell to get this tape out of here?
WILL: I can try
FINN: What you
saw the other morning is entirely my fault. Kate is a wonderful woman and a
devoted mother and teacher, and please don't think any less of her. Not only
did I let it happen, but I caused it to happen. I'm sorry about that. What
you did for me, taking that upon yourself, that was something. You're a big
person will, bigger than I am, and I'm sorry for what I put you through.
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that
Thank you. I thought I was outta here.
your bags, kid. You're not going anywhere.
Cut to New
Rawley Street. Scout it talking on his cell phone.
"Which Will" by Nick Drake
Paige, it's Scout. Yeah, about this weekend, let's do that. 'K. yeah.
across the street. He tosses stones at Bella's window until she comes and
opens it. He stands in the street yelling up at her.
Bella, I just wanted to say that you were right about my date with Paige. I had
a great time. I;m really into Paige. I actually have a crush on her.
BELLA: You do?
SCOUT: I always
have, who wouldn't? I just didn't want to tell you because, I wasn't sure how
you'd take it, you know
that's great Scout, you know, I'm really happy for you.
given that, I think it's stupid the two of us can't be friends. Don't you
you doing now?
wanna walk to the lake? I'll teach you how to skip a stone.
BELLA: Scout, I
know how to skip a stone.
Then you can show me, cause I don't. Come on, give me half an hour, I'll have
you home before dinner.
BELLA: Ok, I'll
be right down.
images, including Will riding his bike, Finn looking through his freezer at
frozen dinners, Jake staring out her window, Hamilton sitting under a tree
staring up at the sky, Scout and Bella walking towards the lake, and finally
Will and Finn eating at Friendly's.
over): When I was little I had this idea that life could be perfect, that if
you were careful enough, you'd never make a mistake, never be lonely, never be
misunderstood, never be frightened. But it doesn't work that way. Life is big
and messy and you just have to climb in it with your boots on and hope for the
best. Like Thoreau said, heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
And at the end of the day, I have to say, I still feel pretty lucky to be here.