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.

JOE:

What?

SALLY:

They can't find a sitter...

(into the receiver)

Hello? Excuse me? Yes, uh, hold on.

(she looks at Joe)

Just a moment.

(puts the call on hold)

It's Skye Davidson. She needs directions

to the house. You invited Skye fucking

Davidson to our anniversary party?

JOE:

Okay. I'm sorry, look, I meant to tell

you. It was the only chance I had to

meet her.

SALLY:

You invited her to our anniversary party?

I didn't even invite my mother.

JOE:

She goes on location tomorrow. Sally,

I'm sorry. Look, I can't keep her on

hold.

SALLY:

(pissed)

No, no of course not. It's Skye fucking

Davidson, for fuck's sake.

JOE:

(regards her)

You want me to uninvite her?

SALLY:

No, no of course not. How old is she?

Twenty-fucking-two?

She gets out of bed, starts into the bathroom. The CAMERA is

with her.

SALLY (CONT'D)

(into the bathroom mirror)

And she's a stinking fucking actress, for

fuck's sake.

JOE:

(into the receiver)

Skye!

(his face lights)

I'm so glad you're able to make it...it's

our sixth, actually.

(flattered)

You read the book again? Well, no, the

ending to chapter six...it's just that

it's not filmic.

We tried it in an earlier draft, but, it

just wasn't filmic... Well, sure, we can

absolutely look at that again. If you're

coming from Laurel, you want to take

Sunset west, we're just past Will Rogers

State Park. Three blocks west of that,

you want to hang right. It's about three

quarters of a mile up a big white thing

on the left.

Sally's started the bath, and is watching him from the

doorway. He meets her eyes mid-sentence.

JOE (CONT'D)

Oh? I don't think tonight. I'm sure

they're well behaved. All our friends

have dogs, and they always want to bring

them. We'd be outnumbered, you see? So

we sort of put a ban on it. Sorry.

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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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