The Butterfly Effect script
Synopsis: College student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan is able to travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past for friends, like Kayleigh (Amy Smart), who was molested by her father (Eric Stoltz). But changing the past can drastically alter the present, and Evan finds himself in nightmarish alternate realities, including one where he's locked away in prison.

Evan, disappointed, passes the wrench back to Andrea.

EVAN:

(beat)

Done. Try it.

Andrea gets behind the wheel. She turns the ignition and the engine roars to life. Evan wears a proud smile.

ANDREA:

You're amazing, kiddo.

EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT - MORNING - 1989

Andrea races through the school zone and heads for the main doors. Evan's already got the car door open and his foot on the ground by the time the car skids to a halt. Andrea checks her watch.

ANDREA:

Okay have a great day I love you I'll pick you up later gotta go...

Evan blows Andrea a kiss goodbye and runs into the school. As Andrea pulls away, MRS. BOSWELL, 35, taps the car window.

MRS. BOSWELL

Mrs. Treborn! I need to speak with you!

ANDREA:

I'm sorry, but can it wait til tonight? I'm already late for work --

Mrs. Boswell's morbid expression stops Andrea.

MRS. BOSWELL

I think you really need to see this.

INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - CLASSROOM - MOMENTS LATER

The classroom is filled with screaming, running children. Mrs. Boswell enters the classroom with Andrea and immediately calls out to TOMMY, a tough seven-year old kid who swings a whiffle bat at LENNY, now seven, a sniffling, chubby kid.

MRS. BOSWELL

Tommy! Leave Lenny alone! Don't make me send you to Mr. Voytek's office!

Evan is surprised to see his mother enter with Mrs. Boswell, but continues playing with Kayleigh, now seven, a quiet, sweet-looking girl.

Mrs. Boswell leads Andrea over to the teacher's desk.

MRS. BOSWELL

I was going to show this to the principal, but I wanted to talk to you first.

ANDREA:

What is it?

MRS. BOSWELL

Yesterday I had all the children draw pictures of what they wanted to be when they grew up. Most of them made drawings of what their parents did, but this...

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Eric Bress

Eric Bress is an American screenwriter, film director and producer, probably best known for his work on the Final Destination series and The Butterfly Effect. He frequently collaborates with J. Mackye Gruber. His most recent project, The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, is in development. He also has another project in development Blindsighted[citation needed] with his writing partner J. Mackye Gruber. more…

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