The Lookout

Synopsis: An admired high school hockey player with a bright future foolishly takes a drive in the night with his girlfriend and two other friends with his headlights off with devastating results. The former athlete is left with a brain injury that prevents him from remembering many things for extended periods of time. To compensate, he keeps notes in a small notebook to aid him in remembering what he is to do. He also lives with a blind friend who aids him. Obviously, with the mental incapacitation, he is unable to have meaningful work. Thus he works as a night cleaning man in a bank. It is there he comes under the scrutiny of a gang planning to rob the bank. The leader befriends him and gets him involved with a young woman who further reels him in. After they get close and after reeling him in with his own failures, the bank plan unfolds. Confused but wanting to escape his current existence, he initially goes along with the scheme. After realizing he is being used, he attempts to stop the robb
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Scott Frank
Production: Miramax
  1 win & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

It only happens

once a year, and then they die.

It's like a mating ritual or something.

Isn't that romantic?

Yeah. Yeah, it is.

- Chris!

- Dude, what the f***?

- That's so not cool.

- God! You scared me.

- Sorry.

- What happened?

- Sh*t. They're gone.

- You hit a deer or something?

- They're usually right here.

- Sit down.

- The party's that way.

- The party's this way.

- Danny.

- Come on, it's prom night.



Class of '03, kiss my ass!

Now look.

My God. They're so beautiful.

Look, look. You can grab the light.

- Jesus!

- It's not funny.

- You can turn the lights back on.

- Come on.

- They were so beautiful.

- Told you, right?

- Please. You're freaking me out.

- There's more up there.

- Now!

- Hang on.

- Turn on the goddamn lights!

- Chris...

All right.

I wake up.

Turn off the alarm.

I look outside

so that I know what to wear.

I take a shower...

... with soap.

And then I shave.

Sometimes I cry for no reason.

But I'm getting a handle on it.

I wake up.

I get dressed.

I take my meds.

When Lewis is gone,

I make the coffee, which can be tricky.

I eat breakfast,

but I don't read the paper.

It confuses me, which makes me mad.

I wake up.

I put on my coat and go to class.

I wake up.

Ten more seconds.

We're just doing one day, OK?

No big deal.

And time.

It's OK, chief. It's not a test.

- Hey.

- Hey.

That's a nice hug.

Want anything?


- What are you having?

- Hot chocolate.

- I'll have that. Thanks.

- OK.

- Any problems this week?

- Nope.

Swearing? Crying?

- Sequencing or memory issues?

- No.

Taking your meds?

- So all's good.

- Why? What's Lewis say?

You're the only one who can talk about

what's going on with you.

Well, in that case, I'm great.

There you go.

- Careful. It's hot.

- I know.

Have you spoken to Mr. Tuttle yet?

- No. I will.

- When?

- You were a model before.

- Chris...

I was just wondering how you go from

being a model to being a case manager.

After my head injury I realized there

were more people in the world than me.

Wanna go to a movie with me sometime?

- I don't think that's a good idea.

- Come on. It's just a movie.

We should talk about the women

in your life.

- You mean besides you?

- Yeah. Is there anybody?

Think you should do something

about that?

I think about f***ing you all the time.

I don't think they heard that

over by the door.

- I didn't mean it like that. I meant...

- I know what you meant.

Would you have said that

before your injury?

So now you're gonna bring up

the frontal lobe bullshit?

Disinhibition. That might be getting

in the way of your meeting someone.

Asking a stranger for sex isn't

the best way to start a relationship.

- Not a good one.

- You're not a stranger.

- I have a relationship with you.

- I'm paid to work with you.

- Why are you here?

- You tell me.

I know why I'm here.

I'm here to help you get what you want.

What you really want.

But you've gotta know

what that is first.

I just wanna be who I was.

Hey, kid, your mom called

to remind you about Thanksgiving.

I told her you had a hooker in your room

but that I'd be sure

to pass on the message.

OK, so the menu for tonight

is spaghetti amatriciana.

That's that pasta that's got

the bacon in it that you like.

The tomatoes are on the counter, so

open up the cans and put them in a pot.

Garlic press, a**hole.


Hello, 1-800-Flowers.

Ma'am, if I can send them to my own

mother, anyone can send them to anybody.

And it just so happens to be

our featured special. Uh-huh.

Let's see. It's got roses and lilies

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Scott Frank

A. Scott Frank (born March 10, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and author. He has earned two Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nominations, for Out of Sight (1998) and Logan (2017). more…

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