Inventing the Abbotts script
Synopsis: In the 1950s, brothers Jacey (Billy Crudup) and Doug Holt (Joaquin Phoenix), who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor (Jennifer Connelly) and Alice (Joanna Going), wanting simply to break the hearts of rich young women. But sensitive Doug has a real romance with Pamela (Liv Tyler), which Jacey and the Abbott patriarch, Lloyd (Will Patton), both frown upon.

5 EXT. HOLT HOME - EVENING (MAGIC HOUR) 5

ESTABLISHING ANGLE of the modest two-story clapboardhouse in a working class neighborhood. A home-made pingpong

table takes up so much room in the detached garagethat it forced the eviction of the family car, a 1950Plymouth coupe, which is parked nearby on the driveway.

The garage doors are open and the garage light is on.

We hear (V.O.) DOUG SINGING bits and pieces of"Heartbreak Hotel" in his best Elvis fashion.

INVENTING THE ABBOTTS - Rev. 3/20/96 3A/4.

6 INT. HOLT HOME - BATHROOM - EVENING (MAGIC HOUR) 6

Doug stands in front of the bathroom mirror (wearing acoat and tie) still singing "Heartbreak Hotel" while hecarefully draws sideburns on his face with a wide-nib penand a bottle of India ink. Jacey's reflection appears inthe mirror behind Doug -- he's wearing a coat and tie too.

Jacey does a pained take on Doug's handiwork:

JACEY:

Oh, Christ!

7 INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING (MAGIC HOURMINUTES LATER) 7

HELEN HOLT is seated at the dining table. She was

grading a stack of spelling tests with a red pencil whenJacey and Doug came in to ask her to adjudicate thematter at hand. She is an attractive but unostentatious

woman without interest in appearing to be anything otherthan what she is: a forty-one-year-old widow raising twoteenage sons on a school teacher's salary. (She teachessecond grade at Haley Elementary School.)

JACEY:

He has to wash it off, Mother.

You cannot let him go to the party

unless he washes it off.

DOUG:

It'll look worse if I wash it.

It's India ink, it'll turn gray,

it'll look like dirt.

JACEY:

He looks like such a clown and he

doesn't even know it! He doesn't

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Ken Hixon

Ken Hixon is a screenwriter whose films include Welcome to the Rileys, City by the Sea, Inventing the Abbotts, Incident at Deception Ridge, Morgan Stewart's Coming Home, and Grandview, U.S.A.. more…

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