The Next Three Days script
Synopsis: Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes suicidal, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: Break her out of prison.

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JOHN:

I bet she can't even spell

anesthesiologist. Woman's a complete

fraud.

LARA:

We went to her office party, idiot.

JOHN:

I think she hit on me that night,

too.

Lara opens the back door of their black Prius and tosses in

the raincoat she was carrying. They climb in, under....

LARA:

You are completely delusional. She

wasn't even hitting on you in there;

I just don't like her.

JOHN:

I understand. People who look like

that should not be allowed anywhere

near oral surgery.

She feels a smile coming to her lips and tries to force it

away.

LARA:

You are such an asshole.

JOHN:

You're in the chair trying to stay

calm; how are you supposed to do that

with those things hanging over your--

She can't stand how attractive he is in this moment -- she

stops him short by kissing him passionately. His hands slip

under her blouse; she tugs at his sweater.

JOHN (CONT'D)

Someone's going to --

Her hand goes to his pants. He yanks at the seat lever and

it goes crashing back, Lara landing atop him.

After a moment he sits up quickly and pushes down the visors.

She laughs and kisses him and they disappear into each other.

4 INT. BRENNAN HOUSE - BACK DOOR -- NIGHT 4

Lara and John enter, Lara carrying her raincoat, her hair

sticking up in the back, John's shirt untucked.

(CONTINUED)

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Hello!

LARA:

JENNA, the teenage baby-sitter, sees right through them.

Did he cry?

LARA (CONT'D)

JENNA:

Only when I dropped him down the

stairs.

*

*

Lara shoots her a look, hangs up her coat and exits upstairs.

5 INT. BRENNAN HOUSE - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY 5

She peeks in her son's room, sees him sleeping soundly.

6 INT. BRENNAN HOUSE - FOYER 6

Lara comes down to find John paying Jenna. John nods for

her to check the mirror. She tugs at the knot in her hair.

Thanks.

JOHN:

See you next weekend.

Jenna exits. Lara shows him that his sweater is inside out.

John reacts:
"Oh God." Lara's smile broadens; she kisses

him. He pins her to the wall and they start all over again.

He feels for the light switch. He finds it; we cut to BLACK.

7 INT. JOHN AND LARA'S BEDROOM -- NIGHT 7

Lara wakes, troubled. It's the middle of the night.

8 INT. LUKE'S ROOM -- NIGHT 8

Lara finds Luke's window closed but unlocked. She locks it

and looks out. Satisfied, she sits and watches her son sleep.

9 INT. KITCHEN -- MORNING 9

Three year-old LUKE holds a knife and fork as he sits at the

table watching his dad cut up his pancakes.

JOHN:

Okay, your turn.

Luke skewers a piece with his fork.

to get to work.

Lara passes, hustling

JOHN (CONT'D)

Very good, very good...

(CONTINUED)

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Paul Haggis

Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners, 2004's Million Dollar Baby and 2005's Crash, the latter of which he also directed. more…

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