Lost in America script
Synopsis: Lost in America is a 1985 satirical road comedy film directed by Albert Brooks and co-written by Brooks with Monica Johnson. The film stars Brooks alongside Julie Hagerty as a married couple who decide to quit their jobs and travel across America.

1EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT

Sold sign is posted in front of a house. SHOT OF SIGN.

CUT TO:

2INT. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SAME NIGHT

The house is empty except for Bekins boxes which are

packed. They are all over the rooms. The CAMERA

SLOWLY MOVES IN AND AROUND the boxes until we REACH

the bedroom.

3INT. BEDROOM

The bed is the only piece of furniture left. The CAM-

ERA STOPS. In front of the bed is a small black-and-

white television. In bed are DAVID and NANCY HOWARD.

Nancy is rolled over on her side. David is lying on

his back with his eyes wide open.

DAVID:

Nancy? Nancy?

NANCY:

What?

DAVID:

Sleeping?

NANCY:

Yes.

DAVID:

Maybe we shouldn't move.

NANCY:

(sitting up)

Oh God. What's the matter now?

DAVID:

Nothing. It's just time to ask

these questions.

NANCY:

No. We've sold our house and

bought another one. These

questions should have been

asked before.

DAVID:

Okay, fine. I can't talk to

you. Good night.

David pretends like he's actually going to go to sleep.

NANCY:

(in a monotone; obvi-

ously she's had to

say this many times

before)

Stop it. You're nervous about

tomorrow. You'll get your

promotion, don't worry. We'll

move into our new house and we'll

be happy, okay?

DAVID:

Boy, you should hear yourself.

The excitement in your voice

just fills the room.

NANCY:

Look, I'm tired. Stop questioning.

We made a wise decision. Let's try

and feel good about it, alright?

DAVID:

Fine.

NANCY:

Good night.

DAVID:

Good night.

Nancy tries to go back to sleep. David just lies

there.

DAVID:

(continuing)

But why that house?

NANCY:

What?

DAVID:

I think it's too close to here.

It's going to feel like the same

place. Maybe we really didn't

think about this long enough.

NANCY:

We thought about it forever.

We wanted more space. That

house has more space.

DAVID:

Yes, but the point of a house is

not just space. You can rent

space. Maybe we should've moved

into a completely different

neighborhood, a step up or

something. Maybe we should've

gotten a house with a tennis

court.

NANCY:

Why? We don't play tennis.

DAVID:

Sure we don't play tennis. We

don't have a court. When you

have a court, you learn.

NANCY:

Well, possibly some day, we'll

have a court and then we can

learn.

DAVID:

Let me ask you one more question?

Why did we let Bekins do all of

our packing?

NANCY:

What?

DAVID:

Isn't that a waste of money? We

could've packed ourselves. Maybe

we were too irresponsible.

NANCY:

I don't believe you. One minute

you want a tennis court, the next

minute you're worried about Bekins

packing a box? My God. Sometimes

I wish we really were irresponsible.

DAVID:

What does that mean?

NANCY:

Nothing. Look, get some sleep,

okay? You'll feel better.

DAVID:

Don't assume how I'm feeling.

What do you mean "nothing"? If

you're saying we should be more

irresponsible, I imagine you mean

we're too responsible? Is that

right?

NANCY:

Well, sometimes I think that we

are too controlled, yes.

DAVID:

Oh, I see. Well, tell me

something? How do you go out

and buy a four-hundred-thousand-

dollar house and let a moving

company pack everything and get

maids and servants and live the

good life and not be controlled?

NANCY:

What are you talking about?

DAVID:

It doesn't matter what I'm

talking about.

David gets up. He takes his pillow with him.

DAVID:

(continuing)

I'm going to sleep in the garage.

NANCY:

Don't do that.

DAVID:

Why not? I'm responsible. I

should be guarding the car.

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Monica Johnson

Albert Lawrence Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein; July 22, 1947) is an American actor, filmmaker and comedian. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1987's Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016), and recurring guest voices for The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie (2007). Additionally, he has directed, written, and starred in several comedy films, such as Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), and Defending Your Life (1991) and is the author of 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America (2011). more…

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