Synopsis: New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Director(s): Peter Sollett
Production: Summit Entertainment
  1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Hey, my boy said you could hook me up.

I don't know you.

Come on, bro, I could use

an ounce if you got it.

I don't know what you're

talking about, man.

- How about...

- Yeah, no.

But let's get the Ferris

wheel in the shot. Come on.

- Oh, yeah?

- Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

How long you been dying your hair, Quesada?

Come on.

Put your arm around her.

Come on. Smile, Hester. With teeth.

What are you doing Saturday?

- Now grab her tit.

- Knock it off.


- Relax.

- Damn it.

Dane can handle himself.

Who are these two punks?

Let's go.

I don't want a 50. I need an ounce.

That's too much. I don't carry that.

- What's wrong with you?

- I'm strung out.

Strung out?

You playing with me?

'Cause you smell like a cop.

No, man.

Police. Don't move.

Drop the gun, a**hole. Stop moving.

- You hear me?

- Get off of me.

- Laurel? You all right?

- Yeah.

Grab his gun.

- Got it.

- Okay.

Hey! Listen up, buddy! Here's the deal!

When a police officer

tells you to stop moving,

you stop moving.

Ocean County police.

Get down on the ground! On the ground now!

Get down! Get down now!

Put your hands behind your head.

- Dane.

- Yeah?

Hands behind your head!

Oh, boy.

Oh, boy.

Yeah, shut up.

Let's go.

Cheers, partner. Good work.

Cheers, Dane.

Looks like every politician

in the county is here tonight.

They like cops when we make headlines.


Fan of yours?

She's just after me

for a ride on my Harley.

Is there any female in the Ocean County PD

who hasn't gotten a ride on your Harley?

Just one.

Hey, Dane.

Good work.

Thanks, Chief.

Have you met Bryan Kelder?

He was just elected Freeholder.

- Congratulations.

- Thank you.

The Board of Freeholders is proud

of our excellent police force.

Well, this is my excellent

partner, Laurel Hester.

How do you do?

Nice to meet you.

My daughter here wants to be a detective.

Good for you.

It's a good job, but it's

not what you see on TV.

I know.

It was good to meet you.

Good to meet you.

That lowlife you busted.

You think he might give us a lead

on our double homicide in Brick?

It's possible. He certainly ran

his share of coke through Brick.

Why don't you give us a crack at it?

We'll tail him.

It's your case.

To Ocean County's finest.

Get it, Stacie! Come on!

Come on, Stace!

- Nice serve.

- Oh! Oh! Whoa!

That's what I'm talking about.

- Spike Drama!

- Spike Drama!

All right, you almost had

it. It's okay. It's okay.

- Yeah.

- At least you're trying.

I haven't played since high school.

I know.

All right, come on.

Round two!

Let's go. Right here.

Who is the new girl? The one with the...

- With the hair?

- Yeah.

She can't play for sh*t.

That's your hole, okay? Make

her eat it. Make her eat it.

Come on! Pick it up, ladies! Come on, now!

Here we go, guys. Get ready.


Right here. We're going again.


Let's get it, Stacie. Come on. Right here.

Go, go, go, go. Come on.

Oh, shoot.

Whoa! What kind of bullshit serve was that?

- Come on, right here.

- Good serve. Good serve.

Here we go.

Point time, ladies. Point time.

We suck this year.

Second and 18, though.

Over the middle pass is complete.

Oh! There goes the princess.

Hey, it's now or never.

Shut up. Shut up.

- Hey.

- Hey.

Hey, are you leaving?

Oh, yeah. All kinds of work to do.

It's a long drive home.

Where's that?

Ocean County, New Jersey.


You drove all the way out

here to play volleyball,

and you don't even like it?

Every now and then I think

I should go out and...

Try to meet someone?


And they don't have girls in Jersey?

It's not that.

It... people know me back home.

It's hard to go out and have privacy.

I should go.


Can I have your number?

I don't have any paper.

Write it on my arm.

I'm Stacie.

I'll give you my cell.

If I'm working, I probably won't answer.

And if anyone asks where we met,

please don't mention it.


You've a lot of rules, Laurel.

Yeah. I've been told that.

What? What? What?

Three suspects at this time...

This still gets you going?

Spying on junkies?

Come on. He's never gonna

lead us to the shooters.

Maybe his girl will.


It's Stacie from volleyball.

Listen, I can't talk right now.

Go right ahead. We're not

doing anything important.

Just your run-of-the-mill

double homicide investigation.

Will you shut up? I can't hear.

Maybe I should get out of the car.

Give you some privacy.


Can I call you later?

Okay. Bye.

You got a date?

Yeah. I do.

Something serious?

I'll let you know. I'll call you after.

Here's a soda.

- And the straw you asked for.

- Thanks.

Let me pay you for that.

Oh, no.

Okay. Thank you.

You look great.

You look great.

You know I'm significantly older than you.


Do you dance?

Not to this. I hate country music.

I guess this was a bad idea.

No. No, I'm sorry.

That... that came out wrong. I, uh...

You know, I don't date much.

I don't know how to be smooth or whatever.

You don't...

you don't have to be smooth with me.

But if you're really sorry

and you want to make it up to me...

Oh, come on. No. I'll

make a fool of myself.

No, you won't. Trust me. Trust me.

Take my hand.

Put your other hand on my shoulder.

Shuffle, shuffle, step, step.

Shuffle, shuffle, step, step.

Shuffle, shuffle, step, step.

Shuffle, shuffle, step, step.

I don't like going backwards.

I'll guide you.

You hate giving up control, don't you?

Yeah, I hate it.

We'll have to work on that.

I need a break.

You want a beer?

I'll get you a beer.

Sure. Yeah.


What's the matter?

It was just hot in there.

I wanted to get some air.

Well, that was weird. What, are you...

Are you trying to ditch me?

No. Of course not. No.


Wanna go look at the water?


I always, uh...

I always feel better if

I can look at the water.

Day or night.

That's why I live at the ocean.

Just to be near it.

Does this bother you?


You want a drink?

Oh, no, thanks.

You don't drink?

Uh, not much.

My mother was an alcoholic.


She passed away.

I really miss her.


My, um...

my father just died.

I'm sorry about that.

He was cool. Yeah.

He taught me how to take apart an engine.

It was so nice just working.


Why'd you stop?

Suddenly felt stupid.

You're not stupid, not at all.

I just meant that's what

it's supposed to be like.

With another person?

Trusting that person.

It's so hard.



I get a few beers in me

and sound pretty ridiculous.

I don't think so.


What's going on here?

We love us some dykes.

We don't want any trouble, so...

Who gives a f*** what you want?

I want your money.

Hey. Get out of here.

- Take it easy.

- Get out.

Take it easy.

- Go on.

- Get out! Get out!

Take it easy.

Come on! Come on!

You okay?

What's going on?

I'm a police officer.

You're a cop?

Detective. I should have told you.

- You always carry a gun?

- Most of the time.

On a date?



I think you should come home with me.

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Ron Nyswaner

Ron Nyswaner was born on October 5, 1956 in Clarksville, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Philadelphia (1993), The Painted Veil (2006) and Why Stop Now? (2012). more…

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