Synopsis: Based on a three-character, one-act play, Tape is set entirely in Room 19 of a seedy motel in Lansing, Michigan rented by Vince, an ill-tempered, outgoing party animal/drug dealer who's visited by his old high school friend Jon, a documentary filmmaker, where they pass the time reminiscing about the good old times which take a turn when Vince records their conversation with Jon admitting to a possible date-rape of Vince's old girlfriend Amy, who later shows up and opens up a new wave of talk and arguments about whose story is fact or fabricated.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Production: Lions Gate Releasing
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min


- Vince!

- Hey, man.

- This is great!

- Yeah!

This is great, man!

How are you?!

- I can't complain.

- Yeah. Cool, cool.

Totally, it is.

I'm very psyched.

You should be, Johnny.

This is a great thing.

- Thanks, man.

- It's great to be alive!




- What's up, man?

- Nothing much.

- You're not dressed.

- Lay off.

It's not that I don't like it...

- What?

- Nothing.

- So?

- So nothing.

- Okay.

- Okay.


I swear to God, man,

you get stranger every year.

You look good, John.

Where's Leah?

She didn't make the trip.

Why not?

We broke up.

Shut up.

- I'm serious.

- Shut up!

- Man, I'm serious.

- You broke up?

- We broke up.

- Why?



She didn't like the way I dress.

- Come on. Don't joke, man.

- Actually I'm not.

Tell me what happened.

I get stranger every year.

- Come on, Vince!

- What, man?!

She thinks I am a dick!

She sends her apologies

for not coming.

She says she's sure

it's gonna go, you know, fine.

I don't believe it.

She does.

- Why did you break up?

- Hey, hey, I don't know!

- Sorry, man.

- Yeah, man. Me too.

Well... what, is it permanent?

Permanent as

a dead horse, amigo.


Come on, what did you do?

Why did you say that?

- Because I know you.

- What, you think I'm a dick?

No... but

I do know that occasionally...

you have a tendency

to act in a phallic fashion.

- I'm not like that anymore.

- You're not a dick?

- No.

- You're not a dick anymore?

- You see what I mean?

- Hey, I'm just asking what happened.

Well, a lot of things.


Like, I don't know. Like she says

I'm reckless. All right?

- What, in general?

- Yeah.

Okay, you weren't

specifically reckless recently?

Not particularly

specifically. No.

- Be honest, Vince.

- I am.

- Did you f*** around?

- No!

- Vince!

- I didn't.

So what happened?

She thinks I have

violent tendencies.

- Boy.

- John, I never touched her.

I never said you did.

Yeah, well, she thinks I have

"unresolved issues, which occasionally

manifest themselves

in potentially violent ways."


I think it's fair to say

she has a point.

Yeah, well, no one's saying

she doesn't have a point.

- So?

- So what, she's got to break up?

She's probably scared.

God. Of what?

I never threatened her.

You sometimes present

a threatening appearance.

Dude, we've been going together

for three years!

So what?

So, I mean you'd think

she'd be used to it by now.

That's a tricky one, Vin.

Jesus! What's tricky?

I'm just saying, it's tricky.

Women these days have

no reason to hang around...

potentially violent guys.

It's not an attractive

quality to them anymore.

Too many other guys out there

with resolved violent tendencies.

- So I'm out of fashion.

- Look, don't be a fool.

Well, don't be

a politically correct f***.

Hey, I'm not.

I'm telling you, you're an idiot

if you think chicks

are gonna put up with your bullshit.

What bullshit?

- Like playing rough.

- I didn't play rough with her.

- Vince.

- What?

- I love you.

- Great.

- But come on...

- What?

- You don't not play rough.

- I totally do not play rough!


Okay, man. Look, I'm just sorry

you broke up. All right?

I'm sorry for you both.

Don't be sorry for that b*tch.

Fine, Vince. I'm just

sorry for you. Okay?

Next subject.


she says if I get my act together,

keep going to the meetings...

stop being a dick...

then she might consider

talking to me again.

Good. That's great, man.

Should we get some dinner?

I got to wait for a call.

From whom?

None of your business.

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Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber (born March 3, 1967) is an American playwright, screenwriter and film director. His plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 50 countries. He directed the film adaptation of his Broadway play, Match, starring Patrick Stewart, (playing the Tony nominated role created by Frank Langella). He also wrote and directed the film Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson. Belber was an actor and associate write on The Laramie Project, (which later became an HBO film, for which he received an Emmy nomination), as well as a co-writer of The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later. more…

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