Burning Palms

Synopsis: In Santa Monica, a woman becomes alarmingly concerned over her fiancé's unnaturally close relationship with his teenage daughter. In Westwood, a sexual act turns into a psychological obsession for a young woman. In West Hollywood, a gay couple buys a young daughter and attempts to mold her to fit their lifestyle. In Holmby Hills, maladjusted kids and their equally maladjusted nanny play murderous games. In Sherman Oaks, a rape victim faces her violator. In these five stories, one thing is clear, everything is taken to extremes in California.
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Director(s): Christopher Landon
Production: New Films Cinema
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Welcome to Los Angeles International Airport.

This is

a nonsmoking facility.

We appreciate

your cooperation.

Are you sure the

flight wasn't delayed?

I just checked the screen.

Her plane landed 10 minutes ago.

May I have your attention, please?

Baby girl! Oh!

Welcome home.

It's so great

to see you.

Ah, I missed

you so much.

I missed you too.

Oh, baby,

this is Dedra.


I've heard so

much about you.

How was

your flight?

Great. You know,

bad food.

Some creepy slob

sitting next to me

staring at my tits

the whole way.

Tits that

have grown.

I know, right?

Can you believe it?

I thought I was gonna

have to get implants.

Come on, let's

get out of here.

We Te gonna

have so much fun.

I have so many things

planned for you.

You got any bags?

Oh, yeah,

they're in the baggage.

So the b*tch

tries to give me a B+.

Can you

believe that? Me?

I'm, like, "No f***ing

way, you frigid twat.

I worked my ass

off on that paper."

That twat.

So, I go to two other department

teachers, and I have them review it

and they agree

it is an A paper

so I have the principal

step in, and she forces her

to change the grade.

Nice arbitration.

You still back

there, babe?

Yeah, yeah!

Yeah, I'm

just listening.

Tell me something

about yourself, Dedra.

Tell you something

about myself? Um-

Too vague?

Okay, where are you from?

St. Louis.

Any siblings?

Four sisters.

Oh, God,

what a nightmare.

I'm so glad

I'm an only child.

I would hate to share

my dad with anybody.




God, traffic

in L.A. sucks.


These are new.

Yeah. Come on.

Surprise. Close your eyes.

You're gonna love this.

You're gonna

love this.


What do you think?


Everything is

totally different.

I mean, D painted the

whole thing by herself.

Oh, gosh.

I was happy to hire

someone to do it

but she insisted.

I don't know how you did

it all by yourself.


Thanks, Dedra.

That's a

funny clown.

Yeah, we got you-


...some dolls.

Let's go to the pier.


Yes. I wanna whip your

ass in air hockey.

Oh, you

wish, sucker.

We have

That's when

old people eat.

C?non, let's just

go to the pier.

D, can you call

the restaurant

and see if they can

take us at 8:

It was hard enough getting

the 7:
00, but, um...

I don't care about eating

at some fancy restaurant.

Come on, the sun is shining.

Let's go have fun.

Okay. Yeah. Yeah.


Come on, you ass-licking


son of a b*tch.

Kiss my ass.

That cold weather back East

has impaired your game, kid.

Kiss your fanny?

I got game, fool.

I got mad game,


Okay. Bring it.


YOU lose!

How sad are

you right now?

Come on, D,

you're up.

Oh, no,

I don't play.

Don't be a peeper.

I'm really

bad at games.

It's really easy.

You just have to

slide the puck around

and get it

in the thing.

It's really easy.

Don't be a peeper, Dedra.

Come on.

See? I stink

at this.

What's with

the attitude?

You gotta believe

in yourself, kid.

Dream the

impossible dream.

Get in there.

Get your hands dirty.

Do it.


Come on.


All right!

Whoa! Nice!


Ho, ho, ho.



What just happened?

it's just a game.

I know. I told you.

I don't like that kind of stuff.

It's nothing

to get upset about.

It's just that, you know,

I want her to like me

and I can already tell

she thinks I'm a loser.

She does like you.


D, stop.

We're gonna go to dinner.

We're gonna have a nice time.

She's gonna get to know you.

You're gonna get to know her.

It'll be great.


Oh, I am

so embarrassed.

Oh, gosh, she thinks

I'm such a baby.

Yeah, but

you're my baby.

Come on.

Let's hit it.

I am ready to eat.

I haven't had

a thing all day.

Do you like

sushi, Chloe?

Love it.

There's this great little place near

my school, it's not fancy like this

it's just like a cool little hole in

the wall, but the sushi is so good.

There's this

spicy tuna roll.

Oh, my God.

It's better than sex.


Hey, guys. I'm Lukas.

I'll be your

server tonight.

Can I get you started

with some drinks?

I'll have

an apple martini.

I'll have a vodka martini

straight up and very dirty.

Are you old enough?

To what?


Don't worry,

I'm not planning

on operating

any heavy equipment.


Sir, what can I get you?

I'll have the same as my

daughter, only not as dirty.

And one olive

will do just fine.

Right. I'll be back in just a

minute to take your order.

That was subtle.

Who taught you your

moves, Heidi Fleiss?

I credit you, actually.

Ah, touch.

I don't mean to sound like a prude, but aren't

you a little young to be drinking alcohol?

Oh, come on, one drink's

not gonna kill her.

She's 15.

I mean, My god,

I don't think I had my first drink

until I was a freshman in college.

I was 12.

What college

to did you to?

Oh, it was just a local junior

college, nothing special.

No, that's great.

I hear some of those can

actually be pretty decent.

My friend, her

sister went to SMC

and then she wound

up going to UCLA.

And she was like

a total retard.

Well, let's

see what you've got.

You've never

won a game.

Suck on that.

It's not fair.

And I get

to pick up-



You're going

down tonight.

What do you got?

Dammit, I thought I had

a better hand.

God, I wish I

had your metabolism-

I'm pretty lucky.

I can pretty much

eat whatever I want

and never

gain any weight.


Wait till you hit your mid-20s.

I don't think

it will happen.

My mom was pretty slim

and my dad said she ate

like a horse. So...

How old were you?

I was one.

Oh, my God.

That's really young.


Pretty sad, I guess.

I don't know, it's hard to miss

something that you never really had.

I've seen

pictures of her.

I look like her,

a lot like her.

Your dad doesn't really

talk much about her.

He hasn't said much

to me, either.

Just said he loved her very

much and she was very beautiful

but always sad.

After she had me, I mean.

Something chemical.

She changed.

My Aunt Lilly said she

wouldn't even hold me.

She said she was

jealous of me.

She was jealous

of her own baby?

Yeah. Apparently, she was like madly in

love with my dad, and after she had me

she felt like my dad

loved me more than her

and she couldn't

take it, so...

Oh, my God.

Oh, God.

She was determined,

that's for sure.


Anybody home?

Hey, are you guys up there?



Hey, Dedra.


You in there?


D, unlock

the door, honey.


What is going on?


Something? obviously wrong.

Jesus, D, what is

going on with you?

Oh, I guess it's totally normal

to find your future husband

and his topless teenage daughter

lying out completely naked

in full view of

the entire world.

We're not in full

view of anybody

and as far

as being topless

by God, I've seen

that girl naked

her entire life.

Big f***ing deal.

I'm sorry I don't understand

the whole hippie thing

but, you know, most people would

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Christopher Landon

Christopher Guy Landon, known as Christopher Landon (29 March 1911 – 26 April 1961) was a British novelist and screenwriter best known for the novel and film Ice Cold in Alex. more…

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