Digging for Fire

Synopsis: Married couple Lee and Tim, a part-time yoga instructor and a public school phys ed teacher respectively, jump at the opportunity to sit at the secluded Los Angeles hills house of an actress acquaintance for two weeks as a mini-vacation for themselves and their three year old son, Jude. The house sit starts with an unusual event: Tim finds on the property in the wooded hills just beyond the swimming pool a gun and a bone. He believes the bone could be a human one and that there could be a murdered dead body buried in the hills in the vicinity of where he found these items. Tim telephones the police, who tell him they can do nothing unless an actual body is found. As such, Lee convinces Tim to drop the subject. On their first weekend at the house, Lee decides to leave Tim on his own for the weekend to complete their income tax return, which he has long put off, while she and Jude go to visit among others her mother and stepfather, and her sister Squiggy and her family, neither who she s
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Joe Swanberg
Production: The Orchard
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Is this our new house?

No, this isn't our new house, bud, this

belongs to one of Mommy's yoga clients.

Yeah, we couldn't

afford this house,

- but we're happy to stay here.

- Tim... Tim...

This is like a nice

hotel house.

- Are you gonna be a D-O-U-C-H-E?

- - No, no, no.

Okay, good.

It's gonna be a really super

fun vacation for our family.

- Oh!

- - Yeah!

- Are you excited?

- - Yeah.

All right, Jude, it's time.

He's going first, for sure.

Okay, thank you.

- All right.

Guys, swimming pool.

- Good, right?

- Yeah, it's great.

- I'm really glad we're doing this.

- Me too.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

- It's gonna be fun.

- We'll build a fire.

What do you think, buddy?


- Fun.

- Yeah.

For me now, okay? Perfect.

Oh, yeah. That's called Child's Pose.

You can put your head down right there.

That's a resting pose. Yeah.

It's like a really, really

sweet resting pose.

Okay, and then you're gonna

come up on your hands.

Up. Stay there.

Now we're gonna pretend...

We're gonna come up a little bit,

come up where you just were.

Right here. Okay, now we're

gonna pretend we're a cow.

- We're gonna go like this.

- Okay.

- We go like this.

- A cow.

A cow. And we're gonna

kind of arch our...

Yeah, that's perfect, buddy.

And then we're gonna pretend

we're a cat and go like this.

Left leg,

which is your left leg?

This one.

This one? This one's your right leg.

This one's your left leg.

Okay, you're gonna fold

this one in right here,

and now you're gonna bend over your left

leg and touch your toes with your fingers.

Can you do that one?

You're gonna straighten

your legs,

and you're gonna touch your toes like this.

Can you do it like that?


- Wow, you sure can, and then you're

gonna fold your head right over there.

God bless you, God bless you.


We're gonna go like this, and you're gonna put

your head down for a second, like, down here.

- How does that feel?

- - Good.

It feels good?

Do you feel like a nice stretch in here?

Here, you want some of this?

Hey, Lee, look what I

found on the hill.

So I was just digging around here, I

wanted to see where that sprinkler went,

and I started kicking

around and I found this.

- Can I touch it?

- Yes.

And then this bone, Lee,

was, like, back in the hill.

That's a bone? Let me see that.

I wanna touch that.

I feel like we gotta

know whatever...

I mean, are you trying

to think like "pow pow"?

- Mom?

- -Yes.

I think at some point, somebody put this...

And if we go deep in here...

Oh, God. No, no, no.

And I feel like we should

probably find out what it is.


See, now you know what happens to my brain, because

now my brain thinks there's like 20 bodies...

There could be.

- There absolutely could be.

- -It's my skin.

All right. Okay.

Great. So if I find it myself

then I'll call, for sure.

It's ridiculous. Absolutely.

Okay, thank you.

Yeah, goodbye. Thank you.

That was a joke.

Uh, the L.A.P.D. just said that it's not

their job to dig out somebody else's trash,

and to call

if we find the body,

but in the meantime, there's

nothing they could do.

And she had a tone with me, like

I was doing something wrong.


And I told her about the gun and

I told her about the bone, so...

So, what are you gonna do?

I'm gonna dig out the body.

- Or I'm gonna at least get closer to that.

- No, I think we're gonna leave it.

Lee, we can't leave it.

Tim, I was just putting down Jude and

he was like, "Where's the bone?"

Fine, we don't tell Jude.

I'm fine with that.

I told Jude, and he said, "What was

it?" And I said it was just pretend.

- It was probably a bone from a coyote.

- So let's find out if it's pretend.


'Cause there might be

a dead body on our hill.

It's not our hill.

Fine, of the hill

of this person.

Of my client,

of my livelihood, my job,

And I can't have them come home after

shooting a movie in Budapest and say,

"Oh, guess what. And by the

way, while you're out of town,"

"my husband decided to, like,

excavate your hillside,"

"and we found remains of a body,

and we think it's conn..."

I mean, what? Connected to what?

Where is it gonna go?

Well, obviously, I don't know the end of the

mystery at the beginning of the mystery.

Right, if there's a mystery.

I mean, my guess is that it's an animal

bone and it just happened to be...

- Some other animal shot it?

- Yeah.

- Come on, Lee. Come on.

- You come on.

Let's not make this a crazy drama.

Let's just enjoy this place.


- That was just way too easy.

- I was thinking.

No, you said, "Okay."

And then I did see you think like,

"Okay, I'm gonna appease my wife"

- "and then I'm gonna keep digging." -No.

I won't dig.

- No more digging?

- No more digging.

Let's go enjoy this place.

And if you want

a little bit more of a stretch,

you could push

your foot up to the ceiling.


Tell me if this is too much.

Ready? Ooh-hoo!

All right, good.

We made up a new game.

- Oh!

- Great!

You're gonna arch

your back and look up.

Then we're gonna

round our backs

and kind of, like, tighten

right in here, right in here.

No, don't get me! Don't get me, buddy!

Don't get me!

What? Aah! Full wipe-out!

It's cheesy to say, but really,

and people say this all the time, but they

really were, like, glowing when they came back,

- and they seemed...

- Yeah.

Maybe this is just how I feel about

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Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson (born Mark Jake Johnson Weinberger; May 28, 1978) is an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Nick Miller in the Fox sitcom New Girl (2011–18). He also appeared in Paper Heart (2009), Get Him to the Greek (2010), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Drinking Buddies (2013), Jurassic World (2015) and Tag (2018). more…

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