Blank Check

Synopsis: After committing check fraud, Preston Waters begins to live out his 12 year old fantasies by spending a million dollars in six days. But when it came to being an adult, he quickly realized that he didn't quite fit the bill. Miguel Ferrer and Brian Bonsall star in this 1994 kid classic that will leave you asking the question "why didn't this kid get grounded?"
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family
Director(s): Rupert Wainwright
Production: Buena Vista
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


[Thunder Rumbling]


Where are you?

Oh. Hello, beautiful.

[Kissing Sound]

Did you miss me?

Dad, I've given this|some thought...

and I've decided that since Damien|and Ralph have their own rooms,

well, there's no reason why they should|be bringing their junk into my room.

Well, how does that|sound, Helen?

- [Gulping]|- [Door Opening]

- Out of the way, stick boy!|- Hand & Foot is here to stay.

- Oops, kicked your baby monkey.|- Get out of here, Ralph!

- Here, take this.|- Go away, Damien. This is my room.

Was. Now it's also|the world headquarters|of Hand & Foot, Incorporated.

- Hand & Foot all the way!|- Hand & Foot, Hand & Foot,|Hand & Foot!

- Hand & Foot?|You guys aren't gonna make a dime.|- Okay, we'll use this.

- Yeah!|- Hey, that's my life savings!

- Consider yourself our silent partner.|- Yeah, say something and you're dead.

- Yeah.|- How's the big move going?

- Great.|- Good.

Come on, Ralph.|Gotta get to work.

Dad?|[Clears Throat]


well, I've given this|a lot of thought,

and I've decided that...

- s-s-since Damien and Ralph|have their own room...|- Preston,

they need the space|for their business.

- Not my space.|- Young man, in this family,|industry gets rewarded.

While you're in here playing,|your brothers are hard at work.

- Yeah, kissin' butt for money.|- [Ralph] Well, you know|the golden rule.

- He who has the gold makes the rules.|- One day you'll have a job.

- When I was your age, I had my|own business cleaning wheels.|- [Mimicking Dad]

I was pulling down 100 bucks a week|polishing cars.

- You used to say 75.|- Well, you gotta think big, Preston.

- Surprise.|- [Brothers] Whoa, check it out.

Yeah, it's for your business.|We had a spare at the office.

- Damien, the speakers|are out in the hall.|- How does it work?

It imitates human intelligence,|like you guys.

- Preston, maybe you could teach|your brothers how to use it.|- Not possible.

[Dad]|The software will teach you how to do|everything but make love to a woman.

- Now I know what programme to get|your father for Christmas.|- Mom!

- Oops! Uh, here.|Let me help you with that.|- Preston, you're gonna be late...

- for Butch's birthday party.|- Who wants to celebrate|Butch's birth?

- [Dad] It's important|to get out of your room more.|- [Brothers] Our room.

Well, good luck, guys.

[Computer Beeps, Talks]|Damien and Ralph sleep...

butt to face, butt to face,

- butt to face,|- Huh?|- Who said that?

- Butt to face, butt to face,|- Type "Quit." Hit "Delete."

- Butt to face,|butt to face, butt to face...|- Turn it off! Pull the plug!

- Ow!|- Don't rub it. Be a man.

- [Moaning] Ouch!|- Little wimp.

[Dad] Come on, Preston. You don't want|to be late for Butch's birthday party.

- Are you gonna have fun today?|- [Preston] How can I, Dad?

- I don't have any money.|- Now, look. Here's a couple of bucks.

Ah, heck, you can have fun|all day on that.

You don't get out much,|do you, Dad?

[P.A.] Welcome to Fun Land.|Fun, fun, fun for everyone.

Welcome to Fun Land.|Fun, fun, fun for everyone.

- Hey. Hey, man.|- Hey, Butch.

Hey, man. Yeah!|Hey, what's up?

Oh, look.|It's Presto the Pesto.

- Hello, Butch.|- [Kids Laughing]


- Tokens!|- [Kids Cheering]

- Give me 50. It's my birthday.|- Fifty.

- Twenty-five, please.|- Twenty-five.

- Twenty-seven.|- Twenty-seven.

- Six, please.|- Six.


- Coming?|- I don't know.




- [Shouting]|- It's gonna be awesome!

- Yeah, let's go over here!|- This one!|- Hurry!

[Butch]|Hey, Preston! Hey, over here!

- Hey, Preston, how's your ostrich?|- Watch out!

Preston has an ostrich!

Hey, Preston,|come with us!

- Just kidding!|- [Laughing]


[Dad] Did you have fun|at Butch's birthday party?

I have a question.|Are we broke?

- No, we just have to watch|our spending habits.|- That's right.

Like when your mother calls her sister|back East and talks for 97 minutes.

So if we're not|poverty-stricken,

there must be some other|reason I'm so deprived.

- We're outta here! Whoo!|- Goin' to the ball game.

- Can I go?|- We bought tickets, toad.

- [Mother] Damien!|- You need some cash?

- Nah, we got a bunch of change.|- Later, Preston.

It's not fair.|Why can't I have anything?

Well, Preston, they have jobs,|and they've learned to save.

How can I save money|if I don't have any?

A penny saved|is a penny earned.

- What do you want for your birthday?|- Money...

so I can pay to have Ralph|and Damien knocked off.

Anything else?

Well, maybe we'll give him|one of his birthday presents early.

A gift came|from Grandma today.

Hmm. What a rip-off!|It's a cheque for nothing!

I'm having a bad day.

Oh, your grandma just forgot|to fill in how much it was for,

but she signed it|at the bottom, see?

It's a blank cheque.

- We'll just fill in the amount.|- How much did you get|last year, honey?

A thousand.

- Ten dollars.|- Wait, Dad. What about inflation?

- Oh, make it 11.|- [Muttering]

You'd be surprised how fast...

eleven dollars can grow|with interest.


[Preston]|Eleven dollars...

at 3.45 interest.

[Computer]|Your account will reach...

one million dollars...

in 342,506 years.

I'm stuck here forever.

- [Dad] Lights out up there.|- Why?

My house, my rules.

"My house, my rules."

My own house.


[Engine Stops, Car Door Shutting]

[Man]|Dave, who needs assets? I'm your asset.

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Blake Snyder

Blake Snyder (October 3, 1957 – August 4, 2009) was an American screenwriter, consultant, author and educator based in Los Angeles who, through his Save The Cat trilogy of books on screenwriting and story structures, became one of the most popular writing mentors in the film industry. Snyder led international seminars and workshops for writers in various disciplines, as well as consultation sessions for some of Hollywood's largest studios. Snyder died unexpectedly August 4, 2009, of what was characterized as either a pulmonary embolism or cardiac arrest, with a public memorial being held at the Writers Guild of America, West on September 29, 2009. more…

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