A clock alarm SOUNDS over TITLES on BLACK. We HEAR someone
clearing congested lungs, coughing up phlegm; a slight crash
STOPS both the cough and the alarm.
EXT. GEORGE'S BEACH SHACK - MORNING
The cottage is a tiny, peeling paint rat-trap set dead center
on a small ocean front cul-de-sac, surrounded by four massive
INT. GEORGE'S BEACH SHACK BEDROOM - MORNING
GEORGE NELSON, 42, squints and shivers as the spotty morning
light and ocean breeze enter through an open window. Bold
waves crash against the cliffs outside the room. A five-foot
wide stack of hand hewed beams are piled pyramid style,
making movement in the room next to impossible. George
stands shirtless in underwear and coughs again. He steps
over a pile of tools and stands at the window, facing the
sea. A happy sounding tune by Guster, "WHAT YOU WISH FOR,"
begins with the lyrics: 'Woke up today, to everything gray
and all that I saw just keeps going on and on...'
EXT. WEBBER'S HOUSE - MORNING
The post-modern house is three-levels of concrete and glass.
INT. SAM WEBBER'S BEDROOM - MORNING
SAM is sixteen with spiky black hair, a nose ring, two
earrings and painted black nails. The song continues with:
'...sweep all the pieces under the bed, close all the
curtains and cover my head.' Sam looks wasted as he climbs
out of bed and rummages through his dresser, retrieving an
empty bottle of prescription drugs; he tosses the bottle. He
walks to a desk where a half-built model of a house sits
unfinished and squeezes glue into a plastic bag and sniffs
it. Sam enters the closet and digs into a pile of dirty
clothes, pulling out the tie to a robe; he knots it around
the closet pole and then twists it once to form a noose. He
slips his neck through the noose and lowers his body; though
we don't see exactly what he's doing below his neck, it's
evident through his jerking arm that he's masturbating.
EXT. BECK'S OCEAN FRONT MANSION - MORNING
COLLEEN BECK, George's next-door neighbor, is a well
maintained blonde in her late thirties. She walks out of the
angular concrete mansion, grabs the paper and walks back in.
INT. BECK'S KITCHEN - MORNING
This is a minimalist kitchen, with pored concrete walls and
stainless steel cabinets.
Colleen drops the paper on the table and walks to the sink to
wash her hands. The SONG CONTINUES: '...If this serenade is
not what you want, it's just how it is...' Colleen appears
distracted for a moment. She walks outside onto the terrace
with wet hands, then bolts back in, breezing through the
kitchen with purpose.
INT. ALYSSA BECK'S BATHROOM - MORNING
ALYSSA is sixteen and perfect with strawberry blonde hair and
white teeth; her head is partially out the bathroom window.
Colleen bursts in, eases Alyssa aside and with effort, sticks
her head out of the same high open window.
This is ridiculous!