Take Your Child To Work Day

Take Your Child To Work Day Take Your Child To Work Day

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Status: Finished

Genre: Other

Summary

This is a short screenplay about a father taking his son to work. That's all there is to it. Read the screenplay if you're interested in what the father does for a living. PS: This has been rejected from a screenwriting contest and as a submission into a literary magazine. My goal is to get it rejected from at least ten other places!

Summary

This is a short screenplay about a father taking his son to work. That's all there is to it. Read the screenplay if you're interested in what the father does for a living.

PS: This has been rejected from a screenwriting contest and as a submission into a literary magazine. My goal is to get it rejected from at least ten other places!

Content

Submitted: February 27, 2014

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Content

Submitted: February 27, 2014

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“Take Your Child to Work Day” (screenplay)

 

INT. GARY’S CAR – EARLY MORNING

GARY, a father in his late thirties is behind the wheel as MIKE, an eleven-year old boy and Gary’s son rides shot-gun. Gary wears a button-down shirt and slacks and Mike wears a T-shirt and jeans. Mike appears excited and Gary seems to be in a somewhat moderate mood. The sun is just beginning to rise as Gary drives.

 

GARY

How ya feeln’ there kid?

 

MIKE

Awesome Dad. I can’t believe I finally get to see you in action!

 

GARY

Yeah. It’s pretty exciting I suppose. For you anyway. For me, it’s just another ordinary day of work.

 

MIKE

By the way, at work, what do people call you?

 

GARY

Well they sure as hell don’t call me Gary Fields.

 

MIKE

Well then what do they call you?

 

GARY

Well I shouldn’t tell you. You’ll find out for yourself I suppose.

 

MIKE

Is it gonna be as cool as you say?

 

GARY

Depends. You might like what I do. Or you might hate it. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose. Anyway, how have you been doing lately? How’s school?

 

MIKE

School’s- Okay I guess.

 

GARY

Just okay?

 

MIKE

Well- I kind of got an F on my math test the other day.

 

GARY

What? Mike, that’s horrible. Did you tell your mother yet?

 

MIKE

Not yet.

 

GARY

If I know her, and I do, she is gonna flip when she finds out about that.

 

MIKE

Yeah probably.

 

GARY

Mike, what’s going on with you? This has got to be the tenth F this year for you. Now, your mother and I work hard to put food on the table, clothe you and your little sister, and give you both a decent education. Can’t you just try a little harder for us?

 

MIKE

Yeah, I guess you’re right. It’s just-

 

GARY

Just what?

 

MIKE

There’s this girl. Ashley. She’s really cute Dad-

 

GARY

Oh God. I still can’t believe you’re noticing girls already. I’ll tell ya when I was your age, I wasn’t even close to that kind of thing. I didn’t even kiss a girl for the first time until like age fifteen.

 

MIKE

Anyway. This girl Ashley. She’s been distracting the shit out of me lately.

 

GARY

Hey. Language. Knock it off.

 

 

MIKE

Sorry. But she’s been distracting me. Whenever I go to class, all I can think about is her, and she sits just two seats away from me too, so that of course only makes things worse.

 

GARY

Well look. All you really have to do is just pay more attention to your teacher and at the same time lose enough attention for-

 

MIKE

Ashley.

 

GARY

Right, and then you should be able to do a better job in school. Hey. I’ll tell ya what. I’ll tell your mother about this one and I’ll even take the blame. I’ll tell her I’ve been distracting you a little too much lately. But only if you promise to please study more from here on out.

 

MIKE

Okay. I’ll do my best.

 

GARY

Still, it’s cute you have a little girl friend.

 

MIKE

Um, she’s not my girlfriend.

 

GARY

Okay. Says you.

 

 

Gary pulls into a parking lot, parks the car, and turns off the engine.

 

He hesitates.

 

MIKE

Something wrong?

 

GARY

No. I just. I don’t think you should come in with me.

 

MIKE

What? Why not?!

 

 

GARY

Well for starters, you’re not twenty-one.

 

MIKE

Well so what? I’m a minor, but that only means I can’t buy, right? I can still go in, can’t I?

 

GARY

Even if that were so, I’m just starting to feel like- I don’t know. Maybe you’re not old enough yet to see what I do for a living.

 

MIKE

Come on Dad. I’m eleven. That’s gotta be old enough. Now Katie. She’s five. SHE might be too young, but not me. Come on Dad. I already know what you do. It’s not like I’ll be surprised or anything. I already know what’s coming. You’re not some kind of secret agent working for the Men in Black or anything like that, right?

 

GARY

No. I guess you do already know about my job. I guess I might as well let you come on in.

 

MIKE

Alright!

 

GARY

Just be careful and stand by me. You never know what creeps will come into places like this, even when it is this early in the morning.

 

ESTAB/EXT. LIQUOR STORE - MORNING

They both get out of the car and approach a liquor store. There are almost no cars in the parking lot and the general location seems to be in desperate need of a paint job.

 

INT. LIQUOR STORE – MORNING

Mike stands close to Gary. They are the only customers at the liquor store. Nobody else is there this early. Gary then goes up to the CLERK, who has a beard and wears a long-sleeve shirt. When the clerk sees Mike, he becomes shocked.

 

CLERK

Hey man. No kids allowed in here, okay?

 

Suddenly, Gary pulls a gun out of his back pocket and aims it at the clerk.

 

GARY

Don’t you dare talk to my son, you bastard! Gimme the money! Gimme the god damn money, ass hole!

 

CLERK

Holy shit. Okay man. Be cool. Be cool.

 

The clerk reaches for something behind the counter, until Gary comes by and stops him, by grabbing his arm and flinging him in the opposite direction.

 

GARY

No, no. You motherfucker. Your filthy hands aren’t touching a gun. They should only be touching the money that will be mine in less than ten seconds or I will blow your fucking head off right here and now! YOU GOT THAT!?

 

CLERK

Yeah man. I got that. Oh man. Holy shit.

 

He reaches into the cash register and goes for the money, until Gary stops him and takes all the money himself. He then puts it in his pockets as quickly as he can. Then he finds Mike in the middle of the store waiting for him, looking proud and excited. As he continues to aim the gun at the clerk, he joins Mike and they slowly walk out the door.

 

EXT. LIQUOR STORE – MORNING

Gary puts away his gun and he and Mike head back to the car.

 

MIKE

Wow dad. Your job really is as cool as you made it sound.

 

GARY

You bet kid.

 

They get back in the car.

 

INT. GARY’S CAR – MORNING

They each get in and buckle up.

 

GARY (cont)

Just remember. We’ve still gotta hit five more liquor stores. You think you handle it?

 

MIKE

You bet.

 

GARY

Alright (starts driving).

How do you think Ashley would feel if she saw you like this?

 

MIKE

She’d probably think I was a bad ass.

 

GARY

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

 

The car drives off away from the liquor store and into traffic until we can no longer see Gary and Mike.

 

FADE TO BLACK

 

THE END


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