Synopsis: Sam has roped his friend Marshall into going on a weekend outing. Marshall thinks the trip is about re-establishing their friendship, while Sam has ulterior motives - namely, trying to win back Zoe, a woman he loves. Sam talks his way into getting them invited to a party at a beach house where Zoe is getting married to Whit. While Marshall goes through all the emotions of deceit, like anger, depression and acceptance, Sam is trying all of the angles in trying to win Zoe back.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Max Winkler
Production: Magnolia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


"He would not take no

for an answer.

Our young hero traveled

a great many leagues,

beneath the ocean's surface

to find his shackled mermaid,

and he had no intention

of leaving without her.

However, the evil sea king

had other plans.

Like a madman driven

by love and revenge,

the diver unsheathed

his speargun and fired.

His harpoon struck

the merman's heart,

and blood shot out

like a miniature geyser.

The bubble surrounding

the princess burst,

as two tiger sharks ravaged

the king's lifeless body,

scattering his guts across the sea

like a quilted feather pillow.

Yet, amid the melee,

the diver bent down on one knee,

and his hand held out a small pearl.

The princess smiled.

'Don't bother,' she said.

'I've already packed.'

And so they rode off

on the back of a white whale,

and with a bouquet of plankton,

they were betrothed.

The End."

Very good, very good.

Thank you.

Okay, I thought that went well

back there, don't you?

Are you kidding me?

That was amazing.

It was so great to see you

in action back there.

Yeah, it felt good.

Tell me your thoughts on the ending.

What did you think of the diver

ending up with the mermaid?

You thought that was too easy?

Easy? No, not at all.

I mean, I felt that, like, it was

the only way that it could have ended.

Yeah, I agree, and I'm the writer.

Here we go.

Are... are we in a rush

or something?

I'm not in a rush. We just got

a full weekend ahead of us.

We got so many things to do.

What is that?

Oh, just some books...

And this.

You... you recommended this to me

a long time ago.

You said you felt like

it was written about you, so...

Yeah, well...

Those were my younger

and more vulnerable years.

Do you mind, sir?

This is a bike lane, not a parking lot.

F*** you, a**hole!

This is a lot of goddamn luggage

for three days, buddy.

We're not going on safari.

We're going on a vacation.

Well, I-I wasn't exactly sure

what to be prepared for.

I mean, you weren't very specific

over the phone.

I guess I wasn't.

And... and, you know,

I wanted to look nice

if there was gonna be girls

at the hotel.

Yeah, there might be girls

at the hotel.

You need to relax, buddy.

That's not the point of the trip.

You don't have to worry yourself

about girls.

This trip is about us

going on boat rides in the sun.

We got to read some books.

I got to read things to you out loud.

You've been hiding from me

in your parents' apartment,

you little prince.

It's time to get you out of there.


I mean, I don't really feel

like I've been hiding from you.

If anything, I feel like you've

been hiding from me, maybe.

I feel like we had lunch

not that long ago.

No. No, I don't... I'm not...

I don't think I've seen you

in like a year, Sam.

- A year?

- Yeah, at least.

A year?

I got a little present for you.

- What is this?

- Open it.


It just reminds me of the buck knife

you used to carry around

in your belt loop

when we were campers.


The one that I lost?

- Yeah.

- That's why I got it.

Whose, uh...

whose initials are these?

Those are yours, buddy.

No, it says N.B.

No, I know,

that's my friend Noah Bressman.

He doesn't use it, though.

I took it from him.

Thank you.

It's... perfect, Sam.

Happy birthday, kid.


It's not my birthday, though.

I know it's not your birthday,

you silly goose.

Consider it early for next year.

Oh, my God.

I've just been so busy lately

with this book, Marshall.

That's what it is. That's why

I'm so lousy at keeping in touch.

I know, I know, I know,

it's... it's fine, man.

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Max Winkler

Max Winkler (7 September 1875 – 12 October 1961) was a politician and senior political appointee in the local government of West Prussia, the national government of the German Empire, the Nazi government of the German Reich, and the post-war government of West Germany. more…

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