Boys on the Side script
Synopsis: After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane (Whoopi Goldberg), answers a personal ad from Robin (Mary-Louise Parker), a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh to pick up Robin's friend Holly (Drew Barrymore), who is trying to escape an abusive relationship. With three distinct personalities, the women must overcome their differences to help one another.

JANE:

Great.

ROBIN:

You know, I used to sing, too.

JANE:

Oh really?

ROBIN:

Mm hm. Nothing professional. Mostly amateur talent

competitions.

JANE:

Oh, "Star Search" or something?

ROBIN:

Sort of. Only I never made it that far. I played the

piano and sang.

JANE:

What did you sing?

ROBIN:

"Way Over Yonder." Carole King. "Close to You." The

Carpenters. It was the seventies.

JANE:

"Close to You"?

ROBIN:

You know, why do birds suddenly appear every time you

appear, "Just like me, they long to be..."

JANE:

Yeah, I know. I know. Why San Diego?

ROBIN:

Well, why not? You know. I'm in real estate, and

right now the market is just unbelievably bad. And I

think sometimes you have to make a change. You have

to take control and say: "Things are going to be

different. I can make them different if I believe in

them in my heart."

JANE:

Hey, fuck "Star Search." You should have been Miss

America.

SCENE 6

ROBIN:

Um, I hope you don't mind my mentioning this: no

smoking in the car.

JANE:

What do you mean, no smoking?

ROBIN:

No smoking in the car.

JANE:

Whatsoever?

ROBIN:

I'm going uptown. Can I give you a lift? Yoo hoo!

Taxi!

JANE:

No, I have a car. One in which I smoke...

ROBIN:

So what do you think? I think it could work.

JANE:

I'll let you know in a couple of days, okay?

ROBIN:

Because I really need to leave, as soon as possible,

and I just don't want to it alone. I don't think that

would be safe. And you're the first person that

answered the ad. I think that's a sign of something.

I think you'd be fine. I mean, I think our

personalities would mesh.

JANE:

Look, Robin, right? You're a nice lady and I'm sure

there's a lot of things about yourself that you just

can't help and I understand that. But I don't fuckin'

think we mesh at all. And I'm sure there's somebody

out there who wants to go cross country with the

whitest woman on the face of the earth, singing

Carpenter songs and reliving childhood memories. But

it ain't me. (To tow truck driver): Hey! That's my

car, man! Hey! That's my car! Hey! That's my car!

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Don Roos

Don Roos was born on April 14, 1955 in New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Marley & Me (2008), The Opposite of Sex (1998) and Bounce (2000). He is married to Dan Bucatinsky. They have two children. more…

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