Almost Friends

Synopsis: Charlie is an unmotivated man in his mid 20s still living at home with his mother and stepfather who falls for a young woman who has a serious boyfriend.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jake Goldberger
  1 nomination.
101 min

You can make this happen.

You're Charlie Brenner.

I think that's the problem.

You are Charlie Brenner.

And who is she?

Just another girl working at another

coffee shop making sh*t coffee.

Sh*t coffee.

Sh*t coffee. Sh*t coffee!

Can I help you?

Small coffee, please.

Cream or sugar?

Oh, that'd...

That'd be great. Both.

Dollar fifty.

Here. That's all right.

Hey! Forgot your keys.


- Thanks.

- No problem.


Don't I have to prove

they're mine?

What happens if I'm just saying

they're mine, but they're really not?

I mean, they are my keys.

I'm not a thief or anything.

I don't take other

people's keys, but I-i...

I'm just saying that you

never know these days.

Have a good day.

What... what's your name?

- Amber.

- Amber.

I'm Charlie.

Yeah, I don't mean to catch you

off guard or anything,

but I just wanted to tell you that

I see you in here all the time

when I come in

to get my coffees,

which are really good,

and I just...

Yeah, I think you're really...

You're really... something.


Something good.

No, obviously, i...

No, it's... I mean, you could

have said something worse.

That's what I was thinking.

I wanted it to be...

Yeah. Uh...

Have a good day.

Wait. These aren't

really my keys.

It's... thanks.

- Doctor.

- Doctor.

Smells good.

Mmm. Almost ready.



Isn't that that card game?

You don't need the cards.

- Mom?

- Yes?

Have you ever wished

anyone was dead?


No, honey, of course not.

- Why would you ask me that?

Oh, Charlie! Charlie!

I mean, really? Charlie!

- I love you, mom!

- Steven!

Honey, why would you even

ask me something like that?

'Cause I heard dad

say it the other day.

He overheard me

on a business call.


The kid's 10.

He knows I was joking.

Yeah, next he'll run through the

house with six hand grenades.

Well, he does, he does. God

forbid the boy follow his heart.

Nice, Ross. Really. Classy.

Oh, wow. Brilliant. Brilliant.

- Oh! It hit the table! No! No!

- Oh. Hot potato, am I right?

- No!

Charlie, are you depressed?

You're crazy, mom.

I'm fine.

Have you thought anymore about

finishing up that application?

That restaurant over on Vernon?

I know, I know. Mind my own business.

I'm annoying.

Your father called today.

- What did he want?

- Who knows?

I hung up before

he could launch into a speech.

- Is he all right?

- I doubt it.

That's Heather.

- Oh, okay. I got it.

- You sure?

- Yeah. Have fun.

- Yeah.

- Thanks for making dinner.

- Yeah.

Oh, please, please, please!

Oh! Oh! No, no, no!

- Oh, so nice, you guys.

- Hey.

- Hi.

Are you going to brook's

tomorrow night?

- Everyone's gonna be there.

- Oh, great.

Maybe I can explain to everyone

individually that I still live at home

when they're about to

run their own companies.

Oh, come on, Charlie.

They're still the same idiots

they always have been

and always will be, just fatter.

- What is on your face?

- No touching.

Okay, okay, sorry. Freak.

I was just getting a crumb off.

Come on, you should go tomorrow.

Ben's gonna be there.

Oh, is Ben my lover?

You say that as if he isn't.

Think I could bring somebody?

Yeah, you can bring me. Duh.

Who else would you bring?

Hey. Did Brad call?

My phone died.

Uh, maybe. I haven't been

picking up the phone.

- Why not?

- 'Cause I'm testing myself

to see how long I can go

without modern appliances.

Like a caveman.

You're watching TV.

I am.

- Are you drunk?

- Yup!

Move please.

Thank you.

Yoo-hoo! I'm home!

How was your meet today?

After Brad finished the 100

meter I thought we were screwed

but then Adam Smith won the 200,

and Adam Bedilia came in second

at 110, so we were fine.

Adam Bedilia?

Yeah, he's short.

Kind of skinny, I guess.

Hmm. I thought that

was Adam small.

No, Adam small is small

but Adam Bedilia is short.


I spilled a whole pot of tea at work today.

It was everywhere.

Are you okay? You didn't

burn yourself, right?

No, I'm fine. It was just

really embarrassing.

Oh, there's Adam green too,

come to think of it

but he's a freshman so it's

like a whole other story.

I'm pretty sure his dad's a booster

and bought him a spot on the team.

- Right.

- He's so slow.

- Hey, sorry we're late.

- Hey!

- Hey, how are you? Good?

- Good. How are you?

Good. What's up, my man?

- Hey.

- Hi.

- Hi!

- Hi. How are you?


How was your day?

Good! I got my

orientation stuff today.


It's our last few

weeks together.

- Really makes me sad.

- I know.

But we'll still see

each other during breaks.

Yeah, I know. But do you

think we'll still be us?

- What do you mean?

- I don't know.

I've just been

thinking a lot lately

about how much

we're gonna change

and I just hope that my future

self still likes your future self.

Okay, well, don't think

about that stuff.

We still have some time.

Yeah, and then

the next thing you know

you're a grandmother

and you're dead.

I don't know. I was kind of hoping

there was something in between.

Well, there's always

track and field.

- Mm.

Just come out and ask her, man.

She just serves coffee.

- Shitty coffee at that.

- Terrible coffee.

- It's awful. The worst.

- Yech. She doesn't even deserve

to talk to me after serving

coffee that horrendous.

She deserves to die for it.

Oh, hi.


Last time I was in here

you were mopping too.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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