The Next Three Days
No sound. We are in a speeding SUV. The passenger, LARA,
unsnaps her seat belt and reaches for the door handle. The
driver, JOHN, sees her door open and dives to GRAB her. The
SUV spins, HORNS BLARE, TIRES SCREECH, cars swerve to avoid
collision. We aren't sure what is happening, but we know
something has gone terribly wrong. Cut to BLACK. Read:
Two couples sit at a table, picking at dessert, JOHN and
LARA BRENNAN on one side, MICK and ERIT on the other. JOHN
is attractive in a worn kind of way, but has the eyes of a
kid with a discipline problem. You have to really know him
to understand if he is mocking you or agreeing with you. He
is a master of irony and has a true enjoyment of the absurd.
LARA looks beautiful even in her wrinkled suit. She appears
to have had a hard day at the office. She's been drinking
at dinner; it hasn't eased her nerves. John's good-looking
brother, MICK, boasts his blue collar roots and a gorgeous,
if slightly trashy, girlfriend, ERIT, who isn't ashamed of
her body or sharing her opinions. JOHN and MICK are laughing.
Lara puts cash on the tray beside Mick's credit card.
You know what? If you were smart
you would stop talking right now.
Sue me. I just know that women should
never work for women.
John laughs and applauds. Mick buries his head. *
How can you say that??
They're always threatened. Especially
if you're beautiful and they're not.
Erit, you are so full of sh*t.
So, your boss isn't threatened by
WHITE 9-10-09 2.
Because she's a b*tch! -(
as John and Mick laugh) *
--Not because she's a woman.
That has nothing to do with it!
And there is my answer.
Either of you like another drink?
Lara shoots John a burning look as Erit builds on her victory.
Women should work under men, men
under women. That's it.
(egging her on)
But men under men?
That's fine, too.
(the men burst into laughter)
They're used to it! Why are you
I don't know, bro, but I think I'd
rather work under you than her.
(insulted, shoots back)
Oh please, I'd rather work under
That was a dig at Mick but Lara is primed for a fight. *
You'd rather "work under" John?
You have a problem with that, too? *
WHITE 9-10-09 3.
No, why would I have a problem with
What is up your ass tonight??
Mick throws John a "This is all your fault and now it is
going to explode" look. John feigns complete innocence.
So, I shouldn't take offense that
you're coming on to my husband right
in front of me.
(claws out now)
Lara, if I wanted your husband I
would have him.
How? You couldn't possibly show him
more of your tits.
The men are on their feet before blows are exchanged.
-- You know what your problem is?!
That was a great meal!
3 EXT. STEAK HOUSE PARKING LOT -- NIGHT 3
Mick and Erit head toward Mick's sporty pickup.
Lara step into foreground, Lara still fuming.
John and *
She is completely full of sh*t.
DON'T try and agree with me now.
You know what? I don't even believe
she is in the dental profession.
Lara knows this game; he is trying to get her out of her
black mood, and she has no intention of letting him.
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