The Anniversary Party script
Synopsis: In the next 24 hours, Joe (Alan Cumming) and Sally Therrian's (Jennifer Jason Leigh) roller-coaster marriage will go through an unexpected transformation - witnessed and abetted by their closest friends at an anniversary party that will not soon be forgotten. As the party games grow serious, what becomes clear is that Joe and Sally stand on the precipice of change, asking the questions facing all modern relationships.

AMERICA:

(with the authority of long

years of service)

Mr. Joe, we have to have the house. If

you please now...

JOE:

It's yours.

The CAMERA glances off photos of the couple: portraits and

candids, their wedding day, with friends, on vacation,

tumbling on the lawn, and the like.

Some framed and hung, some taped to the fridge or simply

leaning on a shelf. It's clear that at least a handful are

by the same photographer, black and whites, grainy and

beautiful.

There are lots of photos of Joe and his sister Lucy,

documenting their relationship from childhood. There's an

ANNIE LEIBOWITZ photo-shoot of Sally carelessly displayed

somewhere.

INT. BEDROOM - LATER

Joe stands behind Sally in front of the full length mirror,

his arms around her, stroking her belly.

JOE:

I love you. Most beautiful woman in the

world.

SALLY:

Hardly...

JOE:

Accept a compliment.

SALLY:

I think you're the most beautiful woman

in the world.

They move toward the bed.

JOE:

What did you get me?

SALLY:

In the morning, after everyone's gone and

there's just us.

She pushes him on the bed.

JOE:

Kiss my eyes.

She does.

SALLY:

My wrists.

He does.

JOE:

Kiss the back of my knees.

SALLY:

Through the sweats or not?

JOE:

Not.

She pulls down his sweats. She kisses the back of his knees.

He turns, stares up at her.

SALLY:

What?

JOE:

You didn't kiss anyone else's knees, did

you?

Sally shakes her head.

SALLY:

No. Did you?

JOE:

(after a beat)

No. I missed that.

SALLY:

I missed all of you. We're okay, aren't

we?

JOE:

We're great.

SALLY:

I mean, you're really back.

JOE:

For good.

They begin to make love...the phone RINGS.

JOE (CONT'D)

Don't get it.

SALLY:

Well, it might be Clair. They're

threatening not to come...

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Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress, writer, producer and director. Leigh began her career as a teenager in the 1970s, guest-starring on several television shows. more…

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