Just Before I Go

Synopsis: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become. But life is tricky. The more determined Ted is to confront his demons, to get closure, and to withdraw from his family, the more Ted is yanked into the chaos of their lives. So, when Ted Morgan decides to kill himself, he finds a reason to live.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Courteney Cox
Production: A24 Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Love me tender, love me dear

Tell me you are mine

I'll be yours through all the years

Till the end of time

When at last my dreams come true

Darling, this I know

Happiness will follow you

Just before I go.

My name is Ted Morgan.

Right now I'm moments away from death.

No reason for you to feel bad, though.

I mean, I don't.

This is actually

the first time in my life

that I've accomplished something

I set out to do.

And it's fitting for me

to die here in Lake Wamsutta

because, to be honest, it's probably

the only place I ever really felt alive.

I used to come here

with my dad when I was a kid,

but we didn't come here to fish.

No, we had bigger plans.

See that thing in the sign?

That's Wammy, my hometown's answer

to the Loch Ness monster.

But Wammy was real.

We had actual footage shot by my dad,

plus eyewitness accounts

from local alcoholics.

My dad saw the good in everything.

He taught me that the world

was a safe and decent place.

Only it wasn't. He got sick

and before I knew it...

he was gone.

My brother Lucky comforted me that day

for the first and only time in his life.

But he couldn't take my dad's place.

Go! Sit! What's wrong with you?!

In the movies,

a sympathetic teacher often steps up.

But Edwina Lawrence

never went to the movies.

I used my art to express myself

and I showed them.

But then they showed me.

They took my best friend.

My mother never found a man

to replace my dad either.

So she fell in love with the King...

named Shirley.

Meanwhile, I was being tortured

by the school bully, Rawly Stansfield.

So when I was old enough,

I moved as far away as I could

and I never thought of Wammy again.

It was a silly thing

to believe in anyway.

As you can tell by where I am right now,

life never got much better.

So I went out west

where I just blended in.

I worked my way up to a mid-level job

at a mid-level company...

and watched the years go by,

all from the safety of a mid-level life.

Hey, come on. Let's go. Come on.

- And then I met Penny.

- Here we go.

Wow, he's really heavy.

- I'm Penny.

- I'm Ted.

For three years,

she was everything to me.

Everything I wasn't.

Penny loved life and I loved Penny.

Unfortunately, so did Nate,

her guitar teacher.

Do you think this is

how I wanted it to end, Ted?

I thought that we could grow together,

but you are stuck.

- What am I supposed to do without you?

- What did you ever do with me, Ted?

You have no passion

and I don't wanna end up like you.

You might as well be dead.

Maybe she was right.

Maybe I should just end it.

After all, there was no one left

to talk me out of it.

Even total strangers

agreed that I was wasting air.

It was obvious to me.

It was time to punch out.

But I didn't want

to go out like this guy.

My life had been

a complete failure, sure,

but at least I could get my death right.

I needed to go back to Kempton

and confront my own predators.

Just before I go.

Hey, Ted! Teddy!

Over here!

You got shotgun.

Honey! Kids! They're gonna freak out.

Hey, everybody gather round.

Here. You sit here. No, no, you stay.

Okay, okay, fam damily.

You all remember your Uncle Ted?

He's my only brother.

- He's gonna be staying with us for a while.

- We know, Dad.

Right... but what you don't know is why.

- And... can I be frank here, Teddy?

- Preferably not.

Your Uncle Ted's here

'cause your Aunt Penny,

who you only met, like,

twice a hundred years ago,

and now... warning, I'm gonna talk to you

like we're adults now... is a c*nt.

- Okay, I'm a little sleepy.

- Now, those of you who know me

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