Finn's class, being held on the lawn. Hamilton is reading aloud. Caroline
comes midway through and takes a seat next to Will.
(reading) And they built their gods a brazen pillar high as the sky. Yet
reserved a thousand chariots of full force.
PAIGE: I've got
one word for you- Cotillion.
would you like to be my date for the Cotillion?
accept a date for Friday on a Thursday afternoon.
I'm late. She sits down near Will.
(Still reading) With their fires and their glories and the rest, Love is best.
FINN: What does
this poem mean to any one of you? Scout!
FINN: So you
like these coed classes.
FINN: Jake, had
a crush lately.
JAKE: Ah, maybe
FINN: Ok, well,
what poem, no what song, makes you feel
JAKE: I try,
hear it. You don't have to sing it, just recite it.
JAKE: OK. I
keep my cool, but I'm feigning. I try to say goodbye and I choke. Try to walk
away, and I stumble. Though, I try to hide it, it's clear-
LENA: My world
crumbles when you are not here. What? It's a good song.
words comfort us because we personalize them. Now, lets personalize browning.
what Browning is saying is even the strongest armies and empires can be wiped
out. No one can stop people from falling in love.
like a hopeless romantic.
Fade into the
lawn at Rawley. Will and Scout are looking at some girls.
Busse, you like?
WILL: So, ah,
who's the guy
SCOUT: Ah, Josh
Carson, went to Deerbrook with me. He, ah, he used to wet the bed.
Probably still does.
Cut to the
lakeside, where the guys are stowing crew equipment. Hamilton whacks Jake with
an oar by mistake.
dude, sorry you all right?
JAKE: Yeah, I'm
tougher than I look, I'm fine. So, are you renting or do you own?
Neither. Still mooching off the parentals.
JAKE: I meant a
for the Cotillion? I'm gonna do the dinner jacket thing. you know, like
Boagie in Casablanca.
JAKE: Not bad
know. IF I go at all it'll probably be a drop by solo kind of thing
me too, solo
JAKE: Could be
lots of chicks in taffeta
Um, why don't we just go solo together
It's a date.
Cut to the
trees beside the lake. Will and Scout are sitting leaning against trees
WILL: So, how
rich is she. I mean, compared to your family.
compared to the Gates family, not so much.
WILL: And he
sighs with relief.
parents have this place in St. Barts. I used to see her on the beach all the
time. She has the most amazing teeny-weeny baby blue string bikini.
Hey why don't you ask her to the co
WILL: Come on,
she's kind of out of my league
that's what I thought. Scared
WILL: I am not
girls? Yes you are.
WILL: You know
I've dated, OK? I've dated a ton.
SCOUT: Yeah, OK
WILL: You don't
think I can do it? What, you don't believe me? I can do it. In fact, I'm
gonna do it right now.
you say. Holds up his book, which we see is an Introduction to Psychology.
Cut to the
steps in the lawn at Rawley. Caroline is sitting with a few girlfriends, who
leave. Will approaches her.
WILL: I'm Will
WILL: Yeah, I
know. So, you seen those banners around school? For the Cotillion?
they're kind of hard to miss.
Look, ah, I was wondering if you were planning on going
yeah. I'm um, going with Josh Carson actually
Did you go to
WILL: Ah, no,
but his reputation precedes him
That's me. I guess I should get going. It was nice meeting you. See you
Cut to the
interior of Friendly's.
kingdom for a coffee!
good, cause we just changed our prices from a kingdom to a buck
WILL: Just the
girl I needed to talk to . Alright, I have a 'what would you do' question for
right, there's this cotillion tomorrow night and there's this girl that I
really like that I wanted to ask but she already has a date.
right, there's hope. You go with someone else, then you ask her to dance, and
when she's all putty in your arms, you ask her out
WILL: Who would
I go with?
BELLA: I don't
know, I'd usually say Scout but he's going with-
WILL: No, I
mean, I could go with you. I mean, would you go with me?
BELLA: No, no,
no way Will, no
WILL: Come on,
please? Why not?
BELLA: No, I
mean, come on, get serious. I do not go to Rawley
WILL: So what,
who cares, I do. We'll go, we'll dance. Look it doesn't even matter, we're
who even says I want to be invited. That's the last thing I need right now.
Snobby, stuck up bitchy girls saying oh my god you look really familiar and me
saying yeah, I probably gave you a lube job yesterday, it's nice to meet you.
What's going on Will, you used to laugh at these people.
WILL: I know.
But who cares, you'll be there with me. So will Scout, so will Paige. With the
right dress, a little soap and water, your hair in one of those thingies. Come
on, you'd be so hot, PLEASE?
townies, in the night, amist a see of privilege, me and you twirling the night
four left feet
WILL: Come on,
let's go there and show these people how to have a great time
BELLA: Oh, like
we know? Easy chairs, warm beer, cold pizza. NO, no
right, look, ok, come on. Just do it as a favor for me, OK?
there is this one dress
mmm-hmhm. Gets down on one knee. Bella will you please go to the Cotillion
let's do it.
WILL: Ok! All
Fade into the
common room at Rawley. Will is sitting looking through a phone book. Finn
comes around the corner and sees him.
FINN: Ah, a
Hardly, I'm renting a tux by like 7
WILL: Well, if
the Cotillion goes well, maybe both. Got any suggestions
FINN: I might
Cut to the
lakeside. Lena walks up to Hamilton.
LENA: So, who
you going to the dance with
not taking Jake
Why would I take Jake?
LENA: I don't
know, I mean, I was gonna ask him but he doesn't seem like he's intested in
either one of us.
are you talking about?
LENA: Anyway, I
don't have a date, if you don't either we could go together
Jake approaching. Um, to the cotillion
LENA: Yes, you
and me at the cotillion
LENA: how's it
so I'll call you later
HAMILTON: Oh, k
JAKE: Found a
well she was going alone
JAKE: I getcha
HAMILTON: So, you
decide to ask anyone?
JAKE: No, think
I'm gonna skip it
the only person I had my eye on is going with someone else
holds up his history book.I'm history.
Cut to Finn's
room. Will is standing in front of the mirror wearing a white tuxedo jacket
with no pants, looking in the mirror. Finn sits on the bed behind him.
shoeless Cary Grant
WILL: I was
thinking more of a gunless James Bond. I really appreciate this Finn. I won't
wreck it I swear.
FINN: I trust
WILL: You think
I'll eve actually own one of these?
FINN: Yea, I
do. You might need these. Holds up the pants.
Cut to the gas
station. Bella walks over to Grace, who is painting her toenails.
"Opened Eyes" by Idol
BELLA: All right,
I got a proposition for ya. Tonight-
finish your shift if you're here at midnight for the gas delivery
tell me you have plans
going to Rawley's cotillion
GRACE: Are you
BELLA: No, I'm
GRACE: You at
the Rawley cotillion? With who?
does Sean think about that?
doesn't care about Cotillions and Will and I are friends. So Grace, you'll be
here tonight at midnight.
can you act like my sister just once?
GRACE: God, I
Car pulls up
and honks. It's Will's mom.
You excited? Will told me. Going to the Cotillion, huh?
standing in for the girl of his dreams.
Baby you'll be the prettiest thing there
scoury maid in a burlap sack
Those Rawley girls got nothing on us.
You and Will going to a dance.
BELLA: I know,
can you believe it?
Hey, do you need a dress. I've got this cute little red number it's off the
shoulder right. You just call me if you need anything.
attempting to tie his bowtie when Scout comes in from the shower.
Will's gonna score after all.
please tell me you know how to deal with this.
bowtie, its out of control.
Scout goes and
ties it for him.
WILL: Am I
going to make a complete ass out of myself
relax, its a dance, alright but old fashioned you know, more rules, better
clothes that's all.
WILL: Okay so,
Give me the basics
SCOUT: Okay, um
introduce yourself and your date using both your first and last names. If
you're introducing your date to a friend, tell the other person's name before
hers, if the introduction is to a teacher, or someone older, just, um, do the
alright, forget all that, alright that's totally confusing.
SCOUT: So, um
Bella's gonna be there.
WILL: Yeah, oh
god I didn't even think about it, are you cool with that?
totally, Paige and I are gonna be there, we're all gonna be there, we're gonna
cause that's what I thought.
SCOUT: Look at
you, you are good to go buddy.
WILL: You think
she's gonna want me bad?
my sister you're talking about.
WILL: I mean
SCOUT: Oh, just
put a sock on the door.
into Grace's room and looks through her closet.
Come on in, make yourself comfortable.
BELLA: My white
dress Grace where is it? Wheres my white dress, the dance starts in an hour.
Bella picks up
her white dress up off the floor.
BELLA: I can
not believe you? What did you wear this too? A tractor pull? Its reeks like
beer Grace, what am I supposed to do? Do you like live to screw me?
the dress back in and picks up a pair of shoes.
BELLA: What are
GRACE: I got
them in the attic, they're Mom's wedding shoes.
you can have them, they don't fit anyways.
upstairs and pulls out a dress from a trunk.
screen): Come in Mrs. Krudski.
goes to the attic to find Bella holding a dress in front of her:
I bought you something, these were my grandmothers, pearls never really worked
on me, so
a box to find earrings: they're beautiful. thank you.
You know who you look like?
BELLA: Yeah, I
look like my Mom.
Fade into the
Cotillion. The guys are all wearing white jackets and the girls wearing white
dresses. Everyone is kind of swing dancing.
"Ooh, look a there ain't she pretty" by Red and the Red Hots
to "I Won't Stand in Your Way Anymore" by Stray Cats
Bella and Will
arrive, and all the boys stare at her.
BELLA: It's a
sure cure for stagefright.
Scout pulls his
eyes off of his sister to look at his date.
Paige: Um, Shall we dance
Cut to Jake is
lying on her bed crying in the dark wearing a black bar. She then wipes her
eyes, get up and pulls the tuxedo out of its dry cleaning bag.
Cut to the
Cotillion. Scout and Paige meet up with Will and Bella.
WILL: Hey guys
Bella: You look fabulous
BELLA: Oh, so
PAIGE: Hey you
guys want to go outside on the terrace?
BELLA: Um, you
guys go ahead, we're on a mission over here.
SCOUT: Caroline Busse?
PAIGE: Well if
we see her, we'll send her your way
see ya, guys.
WILL: And there
BELLA: Yeah, so
you wanna dance?
WILL: Love to.
right then quit standing next to me and go get her
I'm not just going to leave you here.
BELLA: Will, go
get her. I'm fine.
Will heads off
in Caroline's direction but Josh Carson gets there first and Caroline dances
with him. Will turns back to Bella to find she's talking to someone by the
punch bowl so leaves..
RAWLEY BOY: So
do you go to Rawley girls
BELLA: uh no.
RAWLEY BOY: Did
you come with somebody?
BELLA: Yeah I
came with Will Krudski
RAWLEY BOY: Oh,
do you think he'd mind if we danced?
Scout and Paige dancing Umm maybe later.
Okay, maybe later.
Cut to Will
entering the Billiards room.
to "Maddest Kind of Love" by big bad voodoo daddies.
Cut back to the
Cotillion. Jake walks in at the same time as Hamilton and Lena on the other
side of the room. They catch eyes briefly, but a guy comes up and shakes
Jake's hand and they start talking .
LENA: Yeah he's
I've got a crush on him too. Hell, I'm a 15 year old girl, I've got a crush on
you. Look at you, you're gorgeous, you both are, You're also in love with each
other, its like its so obvious.
we're not, and stop saying that, god.
LENA: I had
this freshman girl fantasy that I would somehow end up with one of you, but its
crystal clear that it's not going to happen
don't know what I was thinking when I said yes to this.
thinking. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind, take the leap
while you're still young, its time to follow your heart. I, I know that's so
cliché. Go be with Jake, I'll be over by the punchbowl, there's some guys
who've been giving me the hairy eyeball all night.
Jake and Hamilton meet eyes, but Hamilton leaves.
Jake taps the
guy she's talking to on the chest as she sees Hamilton go.
know, I'll see you later.
Will takes his
first shot and breaks when Caroline walks by and comes in.
humble. So what are you doing here all alone.
crowds kinda get to me
CAROLINE: So I
was doing that poetry assignment, and I didn't know that Florence was one of
Browning's favorite places to write. It's certainly one of mine.
WILL: After St.
did you know that?
WILL: Okay, uh
He makes the
Cut to Bella
standing on the terrace, when Scout comes up beside her.
gentleman never lets his lady wander unescorted at a Cotillion
BELLA: What can
I say, I'm progressive.
hopefully asking someone else to dance
SCOUT: You look
BELLA: Yeah, I,
uh, fix up okay.
the understatement of the year.
BELLA: so maybe
later you'll save a dance for your sister? I mean of course if Paige doesn't
mind pause So is this what its like?
BELLA: Is this
what it's like to be you.
Bella this is not me.
BELLA: No no,
its just, its so different, its like its not even real.
that's because you don't fit in.
SCOUT: that is
a compliment there's not a guy here that's not talking about you
BELLA: It's my
do you ever pretend-
SCOUT: -do you
ever pretend that its not true, about us. How about that dance?
They begin to
Dance, but there is an awkward tension between them.
its going to be okay.
Paige comes out
and sees them dancing.
Bella and Scout
BELLA: uh I uh,
I have to go.
Cut to the
WILL: So is
your boyfriend gonna be looking for you?
he's not my boyfriend, he's my friendWhere's your date.
WILL: Oh, um
she's just a friend too.
where are you from?
know what you mean, I've lived on three continents before I was twelve. So tell
me how did you learn so much poetry?
universe is a dictionary of information.
CAROLINE: Do I
know you from St Barts?
seeing a tiny baby blue bikini.
better tell me, or I'm gonna
something naughty to you. Was it Posatano?
CAROLINE: Oh my
god, you went to school in Locus Valley, you were friends with Mitch Batton and
that whole bunch.
okay I don't like to brag about it either, they're a bunch of jerks, huh?
WILL: Look um..
will you be honest with me? Yesterday you were going to ask me to the Cotillion
CAROLINE: I was
hoping you were.
will you dance with me?
Cut to the
Cotillion, where Grace is draped around a couple of Rawley boys. She stands
out in a bright red dress.
what you doing here?
a sweater, what does it look like I'm doing?
about the gas delivery?
GRACE: Thats at
like midnight, chill out.
great Grace, Cause we've got a whole six minutes.
BELLA: You are
call them up, they can come tommorow
not delivering pizza grace, god its gonna take days to get another appointment,
we can not afford this right now.
Bella runs off
GRACE: She's so
Cut to Caroline
and Will dancing on the terrace
WILL: Can I
tell you something?
WILL: I wanted
to talk to you from the second I saw you.
you thought if I could just meet that girl, then everything in my life would
just have to wait and see, won't we.
running out. Will sees her.
Caroline Bus, this is my date, Bella Banks.
to meet you.
tooWill I'm so sorry, there's a problem at the gas station, I have to go
WILL: Um Her
dad's in oil.
we're just friends so you guys stay and have fun, I'll see you later.
WILL: Hey Bella
wait, I'm coming.
Will looks at
off course, Go
WILL: Look um,
I'll call you tomorrow.
call me, tomorrow, call me.
wait up, I'm coming.
watches him leave, then notices that he's left his wallet behind, so she picks
Hamilton meet eyes. They approach each other.
'That's no lie" by PEN Swing
JAKE: Hi, I
need to talk to you
JAKE: Yeah, but
sorry I can't do this.
He leaves, then
turns. Jake turns around and walks out. Hamilton changes his mind and goes
into the Men's room where Jake is and grabs her shoulders, he then lets her go
and starts checking the stalls.
JAKE: What are
Throwing Caution to the wind.
He grabs her
and kisses her passionately
my god, that was.
JAKE: I know,
but this is not.
is, we're GAY.
JAKE: No, we're
not Hamilton okay, I have, look I've got to tell you something alright, but you
have to promise not to be pissed off at me alright?........I'm a girl
are you talking about? Jake, stop it.
Jake starts to
undo her shirt as she talks.
prove it to you okay, You don't believe me? I am One Hundred Percent female,
alright? I am obsessed with Sarah Mcloughlan, and I have a subscription to
seventeen, and my favourite nail polish is Barely Pink, and I think I look fat
voices outside so Jake drags Hamilton into a stall as she opens her shirt to
reveal the black bra she had on earlier..
JAKE: Okay and
these are not fake.
at her chest and quickly backs out of the stall and out of the bathroom.
sitting on the handlebars of a bike that Will is riding on the way to the gas
BELLA: So My
dad's in oil?
WILL: Well he
is Bella, in a way.
so you are crazy for her.
WILL: We were
to know each other?
WILL: Sort of.
BELLA: Come on
just as the gas tanker truck is pulling away.
wait wait a minute
WILL: Wait, no
WILL: Oh Bella
I'm sorry, sorry Bella
Sean comes around
SEAN: Wow, you
BELLA What are
you doing here?
SEAN: I was
just hanging out, after the game and I saw the truck come, I knew you two were
at the dance, and Grace is Grace. Uhh, here's the receipt for the gas.
where have you been.
SEAN: I told
ya, at the game.
WILL: All right
guys that's my cue, I've got to get this bike back to Mrs. Haggerty before uh..
it turns into a pumpkin?
WILL: I'll turn
into a thief. Good night guys.
Will rides off
SEAN: So, how
BELLA: It was
nice, but I um, I never got to dance.
ruin your outfit
didn't care when I was filthy
SEAN: I wasn't
wearing a nice dress
BELLA: You have
never looked better.
theres' no music.
Bella begins to
sing "The Way You Look Tonight"
when I'm awfully low, And the world is cold, I would feel a glow just thinking
of you, and the way you look.. tonight.
Music picks up
with Julius La Rosa
Cut to Will's room.
He enters room to find Caroline standing there.
WILL: Oh my
god. what are you doing here? I was looking all over for you.
WILL: Oh, thank
first I was going to drop it off at your Cedar street address, then I thought
I'd come here, and ask why you lied.
WILL: Wait I
didn't exactly lie to you-
concealed the truth, you made me think that I-
WILL: Look, its
didn't really see me in St Barts did you?
WILL: No, you
seemed so set on finding a connection, I just, I guess I didn't think you'd be
interested in me.
didn't really give me a chance did you, look Will if you trying to fit in with
all the phonies around here, congratulations, you've succeeded.
Cut to Hamilton
laying on his bed, staring up into space.
Cut to Jake
pacing around her room in her underwear.
Cut to Scout
and Paige dancing at the Cotillion
to Sean and Bella dancing in front of the gas station.
Cut to Jake's
room. She's wearing a wife beater and boxers, writing a letter to Hamilton.
Someone taps at the door, and she goes, peaks through the crack, then opens it
too let Hamilton in. He walks past her, then turns back.
If you were a guy, I would punch you.
that's the point, see I'm not
This kiss and
the camera pans out the window
Cut to the Lawn
at Rawle, where students are gathered for Finn's class. We see Scout, Paige,
Caroline, Will and Lena, but no Jake or Hamilton.
Arnold's poem, Self Dependence, hopefully you've all read. In it he talks about
a trip he's taking across the sea, why? Why was he going?
WILL: he was
frustrated right, about who he was and where he belonged so he took the trip to
understand that better.
FINN: Was the
WILL: well sort
off, he got the answers from watching the stars, which he could of done that in
his own backyard. See he realized how the stars work by knowing how they fit
into the universe, they don't exist by trying to be something else, or
comparing themselves to other things, like Arnold was doing, like a lot of us
FINN: Like all
of us do, resolve to be thyself, and know that he who finds himself, loses his
Will hands a
note to Caroline that says 'HI my name is Will Krudski, and I'm from New
Jake arrive, and sit at the back of the group. Lena looks over at them and
smiles to herself.
over): Be yourself, what a cliché, we hear it over and over in literature, fairytales,
songs, but we still don't get it, it might be because when we dream we don't
worry whether the dream is worthy of us, but whether we're worthy of the dream.
so we lose our identities in order to chase what we want, but if we can stay
proud of who we are and not run from ourselves, then maybe our dreams, like the
prince with the glass slipper will come find us
Fade to Bella
and Sean sitting Indian style on the dock kissing (with bottles of Coke at the