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.

get how things work in this town.

I thought you weren't even going

to the party?

DOUG:

Changed my mind.

HELEN:

Doug, you do understand that you

may be the only person at this

party with artificial sideburns?

DOUG:

Yeah.

HELEN:

You do understand that your

sideburns don't look real?

Doug was hoping they didn't look that phony, but he

conceals his disappointment and nods:

(CONTINUED)

INVENTING THE ABBOTTS - Rev. 2/16/96

7CONTINUED:

5.

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Yeah.

DOUG:

HELEN:

That they look, really, as thoughyou'd drawn them on?

DOUG:

(swallows, thenshrugs)

Yeah.

She looks hard at Doug for a beat, then turns to Jacey.

HELEN:

Well, darling, it seems he doesunderstand. Why don't you just goon to the party and ignore Doug.

Just have a good time and pretendyou don't even...

Jacey curses under his breath and storms out the frontdoor before his mother can finish her sermon.

8EXT. ABBOTT HOME/TENT - STREET - LATER THAT NIGHT

The curb is lined with parked cars. We hear a dance band

playing "QUE SERA" and the sounds of the party as Douglopes up the sidewalk sporting his India ink sideburnsand smoking a cigarette. He flicks the cigarette intothe street with well-rehearsed ease as he turns and walks

up the long driveway towards the glowing "big-top" tent.

Doug trails his hand over Lloyd Abbott's Cadillac,

caressing it from hood-to-trunk as he ambles by.

8

9INT. ABBOTT HOME/TENT - NIGHT

Doug enters the tent and surveys the gathering -- atuxedoed ten-piece band plays on the bandstand.

Despite his mother's advice, a nauseated grimace fallsover Jacey's face when he sees that his younger brotherhas arrived. He is dancing with Eleanor.

(CONTINUED)

9

6.

9CONTINUED:
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They dance past a group of young men on the sidelines(Jacey's senior classmates), they are all edgy with envy,

waiting like predators for their chance to dance withEleanor.

ELEANOR:

I'm going out to the lake

tomorrow. Sandy wants to show-offher dad's new boat. Why don't youcome?

JACEY:

I have to work.

ELEANOR:

Well, I guess you'll just have towrite me a letter.

JACEY:

What do you mean?

ELEANOR:

You said you wanted to talk to mein private.

JACEY:

I meant... just... we never get achance to be together, alone, youknow?

STEVE (one of the envious classmates) makes his move andcuts in on Jacey and dances away with Eleanor. Jaceyhandles it with aplomb but his true irritation at beingseparated from the object of his desire reveals itself ashe observes Eleanor flirting with her new dance partner.

10 INT. ABBOTT HOME/TENT - BUFFET TABLE - DOUG 10

-- sampling the hors d'oeuvres. He places the ones hedoesn't like back onto the platter. PAMELA ABBOTT stepsover to Doug. She is his age (fifteen), the youngest ofthe Abbott girls, and the least stuck-up.

Hi.

PAMELA:

u

Hi.

DOUG:

She points at Doug's chest.

PAMELA:

Like your tie.

(CONTINUED)

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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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