Alex of Venice

Synopsis: Workaholic attorney, Alex [Winstead] is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves. Now faced with the humdrum and sometimes catastrophic events that permeate the fabric of our lives, Alex discovers both a vulnerability and inner strength she had not yet tapped all while trying to hold together her broken family.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Chris Messina
Production: Screen Media Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

- Yeah.

- Hey, guys.

- Hey, kiddo.

- What's up, Al?

Sure you can concentrate

on your homework in here, babe?

- Yeah.

- We helping D out.

Me and your dad are mathematical wizards.

Oh, really? Tell that

to the debt collectors when...

- Walt, where's my lighter?

- In your pocket.


Dad, come on. How many times do I have

to tell you to smoke in private. Okay?

It's medicinal.

Smells good out here.


So, I think we have a real good chance

of winning this thing.

I haven't seen Maureen

this excited in a long time.

- Good for you, that's great.

- How's the parent-teacher conference?

Look, academically he's fine, they just...

they want him to have more friends.

He has friends.

He has a friend, I mean, I hate it when

they say stuff like that. Dakota is fine.

Yeah, of course he's 'fine,'

I'm just saying...

- Have you paid this?

- They want us... encourage him to have

more friends. Yeah, I paid this.

I just think it'd be good for him.

Not everybody needs to have

a ton of friends. I didn't.

Well, next time there's

a parent-teacher conference,

you can have it out with them.

Hey, Maureen.


Back in the day...

when I was doing the show.

We used to go down to Xalapa.

This beautiful little fishing village.

Really, Dad? Xalapa again?

I love Xalapa. Isn't that where

you met that sweet young thing?

- Stripper. Yeah.

- Dad.

What? I can't say the word 'stripper'?

I can't say 'stripper' in my own house?

- What... would you prefer 'peeler'?

- George...

Don't forget you had that audition...

tomorrow, so put it in your phone, okay?

- What's the audition?

- Play. It's a play.

How do you...

how do you do that again, George?

Lemme see the ring?

Just put it in the calendar.

How many times do I have to show you this?

Open up the calendar,

- the calendar's right there, okay?

- Cool.

Hit calendar, and then... I got it.

Right, and you talked to her about that?

- It's Tuesday, so...

- Right.

Your blood pressure and your cholesterol

and your multivitamin.

- On the... top of the week.

- Yeah.

I left him a message about that.

He's going to call me tomorrow.

- You fill up the days with the pills.

- Yeah, but how will I know?

- Yeah. Okay.

- I made you a list. It's easy.

- Just... come on. Pay attention.

- Great.

No, how will I know what pill

goes into what day.

- I made you the list. Go put it on the fridge.

- I don't need this.

- Yes, you... it doesn't hurt to have it.

- You got me covered.

Are you kidding me? I shouldn't have

to beg you to take your f***ing medicine.

- You're... you're not a baby!

- Can I... can I call you back?

Okay. Okay, great. Thanks.

Just take the f***ing list, okay? Sorry.

Hey... why don't you and pop...

go ahead and get ready for bed. Alright?

Sorry, George, I'm...

Sorry, I just made a list for your Dad.

I can't... I can't keep going over this.

Can't keep going over this.

What's going on?


I can't... I can't be

your housewife anymore.

What? How are you my housewife?

I did the cooking

and the cleaning, and I...

- I go to PTA meetings.

- And you paint, and you surf, and...

- Not really, not anymore.

- Well, you could.


I just need some... time away.

I've given up a lot for us.

That's not fair, okay?

That's not fair. You...

You're the one who said he wanted me

to go back to school, right?

You're the one who said

he'd stay home with Dakota.

It's not my fault if you didn't paint,

George, okay? So don't put that on me.

I just don't feel like you... you're around

anymore. You know? I want to...

I don't feel like you're... you're...

I want to, you know, I want...

I want some...

I want to do things too, you know?

George, you can paint, I mean, y...

You could do whatever you want.

I'm not holding you back from those things.

I just need time away.

So what, you're just leaving? You're just

going to leave? Where are you going to go?

I don't know. I'll figure it out.

- It's my dad's party on Saturday.

- I got your stuff. It's in the fridge.

- Are you going to come to the party?

- I don't know.

Well, who's going to grill

the steaks if you don't come?

Are you f***ing kidding me?

Did you just hear yourself?

Who's going to grill the f***ing steaks?

Well, what are you going to say to Dakota?

What are you doing up?

Look at those stars.

- Where does your dad keep your lunch box?

- Mom, I don't use a lunch box anymore.

- This coffee tastes like crap.

- That's 'cause I made it.

Well, George makes the best coffee.

Where's he?

- His mom is sick.

- What's wrong with his mom?

No, he has an art show.

Oh, he has an art show.

Of course. Of course he has an art show.

Where is the art show?

Santa Fe.

Santa Fe. Okay. Okay.

Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, your pills?

Okay, so it's Wednesday.

Wednesday you have veratrol.

Wednesday... pink or blue.

Which one? Figure it out later.

- How am I going to get to school?

- I'm going to drive you.

We gotta go, we gotta go, come on.

Hey, Dad?

- You're picking up D after school, okay?

- Well, I got that audition.

I'll get you right after, kid.

Hey, Maureen.

- Vanessa told me you were running late.

- Yeah, I had a family emergency.

I can't be there.

I have a fundraising breakfast.

It's going to be five minutes, ten tops,

and Josh can start for me. He knows the case.

Josh is not a lawyer.

I'm going to be there, I'm just...

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Jessica Goldberg

Jessica Goldberg (born 1975) is an American playwright, screenwriter and television writer. She is the creator of the Hulu series The Path. more…

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