American Splendor script
Synopsis: Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself, is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar's day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself). As Pekar's musings are brought to the screen in this unique and engaging production, the movie playfully incorporates comic book-like panels.

4.

KID (cont’d)

Ahh, forget this...

Frustrated, the kid throws his pillowcase down. He trudges

off as the others watch in confusion.

KID (cont’d)

Why is everybody so stoopid?

BEGIN NERVOUS JAZZ SCORE

WE FOLLOW the schlumpy kid (aka HARVEY PEKAR) as he sulks

down the street...

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. CLEVELAND ROW HOUSE - FALL - 1975 - DUSK

INTERTITLE:
CLEVELAND OHIO, 1975

A grown-up version of HARVEY PEKAR (now mid-thirties) stomps

along the same Cleveland street. Unfortunately, 20 years

have made this rust belt neighborhood a bit rustier. The

“GROWN UP HARVEY” dons the same shearling coat, sports the

same disheveled hair, and wears the same curmudgeonly

expression.

CREDIT SEQUENCE - ANIMATED SEQUENCE

INTERCUT HARVEY WALKING WITH COMIC BOOK PANELS OF THE CARTOON

HARVEY IN ACTION. This is not your typical super-hero stuff.

Instead it features our man engaging in such daredevil feats

as:

INT. CITY BUS - FALL 1975 - DAY

--Riding the city bus.

INT. V.A. HOSPITAL - DAY

--Working as a file clerk at the Veteran’s Hospital.

INT. HARVEY’S APARTMENT / KITCHEN - DAY

--Trying to wash dishes.

5.

INT. SUPERMARKET - DAY

--Waiting on line at the supermarket.

EXT. GARAGE SALE - DAY

--Buying used records from a garage sale table.

INT. GREASY SPOON DINER - DAY

--Eating junk food at a greasy spoon.

INT. HARVEY’S APARTMENT - DAY

Harvey fixes a rip in his coat with Elmer’s Glue.

(Note:
Each “Cartoon Harvey” looks similar but unique... A

variation on a theme. This is because his cartoons are drawn

by different comic artists.)

Intermittently, bold cartoon credits flash across the screen:

.

FROM OFF THE STREETS OF CLEVELAND COMES ...

Followed by the explosive title:

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Harvey Pekar

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. more…

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