Wonder Boys script
Wonder Boys (2000)
Synopsis: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy author.

All IS A BLUR. . .

...then WORDS appear, twisting and vaguely transparent,

reflected on the window GRADY TRIPP stands before as he

reads from a sheaf of NEATLY-TYPED PAGES.

GRADY:

'The young girl sat perfectly still in the

confessional...

1 INT. CLASSROOM - UNIVERSITY - AFTERNOON

Grady--45-year-old novelist, professor, and insomniac--is

in the midst of reading a story to the dozen college

STUDENTS who make up his Advanced Writing Workshop.

GRADY:

...listening to her father's boots scrape like

chalk on the ancient steps of the church, then

grow faint, then disappear altogether.'

As he finishes, GRADY ponders a PAIR of MAINTENANCE MEN,

perched on ladders in the quad below, stringing a LARGE

BANNER between two bare trees. The BANNER reads:

WELCOME TO WORDFEST

GRADY turns, peers at his students. They look as if

they've been on a field trip to the DMV.

GRADY (cont'd)

(a wave of the pages)

So. .Anyone?

A GIRL with jet-black hair turns to a PALE YOUNG MAN

sitting at a desk in the back of the classroom. He is JAMES

LEER, 19. Like GRADY a moment before, he is staring out the

window.

CARRIE MCWHIRTY:

Let me get this straight. The girl with the

big lips is depressed because, each night, when

her father goes off to work at the bakery, her

mother sneaks some mysterious lover into the

house. Not only does this girl have to listen

to her mother working this guy in the next

room, she has to wash the sheets each morning

before Daddy gets home. After a few weeks of

this, she starts to go a little nutty/ so Daddy

takes her to confession--only, once she gets in

the box, she gets a whiff of the priest and

realizes he's the mother's secret lover. Is

that it?

James Leer says nothing, huddling lower in the PATTY

OVERCOAT he wears.

CARRIE MCWHIRTY:

I mean, Jesus. What is it with you Catholics?

GRADY:

All right. Let's try to keep it constructive,

shall we? Howard, what about you?

HOWARD:

I hated it.

GRADY:

That's not exactly what I meant by

constructive, Howard.

HOWARD:

I think James should try to be more

constructive. This is my second semester with

him. His stories are brutal, man. They make me

want to kill myself.

GRADY glances at James, but his face remains impassive.

Then--with a visible sense of relief--GRADY notices the

raised hand of the achingly beautiful HANNAH GREEN.

GRADY:

Yes, Hannah?

HANNAH GREEN:

I think maybe we're missing the point. It

seems to me James' strength as a writer is that

he doesn't take us by the hand. He treats us

like adults. He respects us enough to forget

us. That takes . . . courage .

GRADY nods, smiles subtly. Appreciative.

GRADY:

Well put, Hannah. And a good note to end on, I

think.

(as the students rise)

Don't forget about WordFest this weekend. And

remember:
those of you driving V.I.P.s to

tonight's cocktail party need to have them at

the Chancellor's house no later than 5:30.

Hannah Green gathers her things, pauses by Grady.

GRADY:

Thanks for that. He all right?

HANNAH GREEN:

I think so. ..What about you?

GRADY:

Me? Sure. Why?

HANNAH GREEN:

Just checking.

GRADY watches her glide away in her CRACKED RED COWBOY

BOOTS, then starts to exit himself.

JAMES LEER:

Turn out the light, please.

GRADY pauses, studying the wan figure sitting at the back

of the classroom, then--reluctantly-hits the switch on the

wail, leaving James Leer alone in the DARK.

2INT. STAIRWELL/CORRIDOR - AFTERNOON (MOMENTS LATER)

GRADY hurries down the steps, then spies SARA GASKSLL,

45, standing below. She is talking to a BOY with an armful

of SLICK PROGRAMS.

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Steve Kloves

Stephen Keith "Steve" Kloves (born March 18, 1960) is an American screenwriter mainly renowned for his adaptations of novels, especially for the Harry Potter film series and for Wonder Boys. He has also directed two motion pictures. more…

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