Saturday, July 2, 2011

Brothers Watching "Brothers"

INT. OFFICE - AFTERNOON

TOM, a man in his early thirties, is in his cubicle at work. He’s on the phone.

TOM
Yeah, I was planning on being home by 6 but it’s looking more like 7 now. I’m pretty busy at work. OK, we’ll just watch the movie when I’m back then. Sounds good. Love you. Bye.

Tom hangs up and gets back to his chaotic work.

INT. APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

NATALIE, a pretty woman in her early thirties, hangs up her cell phone. She looks over to NICK, a man in his late twenties. He’s sitting on the couch, feet up on the coffee table.

NATALIE
Tom won’t be back until 7 now he said.

NICK
Damn it! Now, we gotta wait til then to start the movie?

NATALIE
We can wait an hour longer.

NICK
I really want to see this movie!

NATALIE
Your brother is letting you stay here rent free, which was not my idea. The least you can do is wait for him one hour.

NICK
I did remodel the kitchen for you guys.

NATALIE
Without asking us.

NICK
Everyone’s been talking about this movie. It’s supposed to be really good.

NATALIE
What is it again?

NICK
Brothers.

CUT TO:

INT. OFFICE - EVENING

Tom is stacking some papers. GABE, a fellow employee, pops his head up from the cubicle next door. He has headphones in his ears and takes them out for a moment.

GABE
Finish up the Johnson proposal?

TOM
Just finished.

GABE
Yeah, I’m just finishing with the Robinson account. About to get out of here.

Gabe puts his headphones back in and sits back down, dropping out of sight.

TOM
Me too.

Just then, THE BOSS, strolls up. He stares right at Tom. Doesn’t see Gabe.

BOSS
The numbers on the Johnson proposal are all fucked up. It needs to get fixed by tonight. I want whoever was working on it, to stay late and fix this damn thing. Now, who worked on it?

Tom is a deer caught in head lights. There are no signs from Gabe in the next cubicle. So, Tom points his finger over at Gabe’s cubicle.

INT. APARTMENT - NIGHT

Nick and Natalie are both sitting on the couch now, chatting.

NICK
His character in Pleasantville and Spiderman are pretty similar so I’m glad he decided to play a role like this. Something different.

NATALIE
I can’t picture him being this intense bad ass...

NICK
Shut your mouth Tobey can be whatever he wants!

NATALIE
I think I like Jake Gyllenhaal better.

Nick checks his watch.

NICK
Wasn’t Tom supposed to be back by 7?

NATALIE
(checking her watch)
Yeah. Shit, it’s 8:30.

NICK
What do you think is happening? Shouldn’t he have called?

NATALIE
He always calls even if he’s going to be 5 minutes late.

NICK
Doesn’t seem like he’s coming back anytime soon. I think we should just start the movie. Who knows if he’s even coming back?

Natalie considers this. She seems uncertain. After some hesitation she grabs the DVD case and walks over to the TV.

CUT TO:


INT. APARTMENT - 5 MINUTES LATER

The two are on the couch watching the movie. It’s very early on in the movie. The two start to get uncomfortable. Natalie grabs the remote and pauses it.

NATALIE
We can’t do this.

NICK
I know, I didn’t like the feeling either.

NATALIE
We just want him to be here so badly we thought we could start the movie and watch it and it would make us feel better.

NICK
Didn’t work at all. I just feel terrible.

NATALIE
Let’s just pretend we never started this movie at all.

NICK
Agreed. What’s that cane doing by the front door?

Nick points out a heavy cane resting against the wall near the front door.

NATALIE
We’re not even entirely sure where that came from. Kind of one of those unexplained mysteries in life.

NICK
It almost looks like a fire poker. Wait, is it a cane or a fire poker?

Just then, the front door swings open and there is Tom. He enters, picking up the cane/fire poker.

TOM
What’s this thing still doing here?

Tom looks to the TV and sees Brothers, paused. His eyes POP OPEN.

TOM (CONT’D)
Are you guys watching Brothers?!

NATALIE
Tom, it’s not what it looks like.

TOM
Are you watching Brothers without me?! What the fuck!

NATALIE
Tom, we thought you would be at work forever. We didn’t think you were ever coming back.

TOM
That doesn’t make any fucking sense! Of course I would be back at some point!

NICK
You said you’d be back at 7. It’s almost 9.

TOM
So, I’m running a little later than I expected! And you start the movie without me?!

NATALIE
We just started the movie. We watched like 3 minutes and then paused it. It didn’t feel right without you here.

Tom still clutches the cane/fire poker and storms into the kitchen. Nick and Natalie cautiously follow him but stay just on the outskirts of the kitchen.

TOM
Yeah right! You probably watched the entire thing and then started it over and then just paused it before I got home!

NATALIE
No, we didn’t I promise you. It was just the first 3 minutes. That’s all.

TOM
I bet you watched the entire thing! And then after that you fucked each other because you still had time!

NICK
What? No! Why would you even go there?

NATALIE
Yeah, that’s ridiculous. I mean, gross.

NICK
Wait, gross? Why’s it so gross?

TOM
You watched Brothers without me and then you two fucked! You didn’t even think of me!

Tom starts SWINGING the cane/fire poker at everything in the newly remodeled kitchen. He is BREAKING GLASS and SMASHING CABINETS.

TOM (CONT’D)
Do you have any idea what I had to do to get back here?! Do you know what I did?!

CUT TO:

INT. OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

Gabe sits alone in his cubicle working on the computer. It’s very quiet. He lets out a long sigh.

BACK TO:

INT. APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Tom is still SMASHING and BREAKING everything in the kitchen.

NICK
Tom, we’re sorry! But all we did was watch the first 3 minutes. I promise.
(looking at Natalie)
But if we did fuck, it’s not like it would have been gross.

Tom’s eyes WIDEN and GLARE AT NICK.

NATALIE
Not helping.

NICK
But we didn’t. I swear.

Nick approaches Tom slowly. He goes in for a hug. As he hugs Tom, Tom drops the cane/fire poker. Nick’s arms reach all the way behind Tom. Then, he feels something tucked into the back of Tom’s pants.

NICK (CONT’D)
What is...

TOM
Are you trying to take this from me?!

Tom pushes Nick away and reaches into the back of his pants drawing A GUN.

NICK
What the fuck?! Why do you have a gun on you?! You just came home from the office!

Tom points the gun at Nick. His eyes are WILD. Nick and Natalie freeze. Police sirens are heard in the distance.

TOM
Did you call the cops on me?

NATALIE
What? No. When would we have been able to? We’ve been in your sight this entire time. And you’ve been home for like 4 minutes. And why would we even do that?

NICK
He’s got a gun pointed at me. He’s got a gun pointed at me. I’m so scared.

Tom walks out of the kitchen, towards the door, and outside.

NATALIE
Where’s he going?

They follow him out there.

EXT. DRIVEWAY TO THE APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATER

Tom is outside in front of a cop car. Two cops are outside of their car with guns drawn. Tom is waving the gun around in the air. Nick and Natalie rush out to see this.

TOM
I’m sorry officers! Is there a disturbance?!

OFFICER #1
Sir, drop the weapon!

TOM
Do you know who I am?! Do you even know who I am?!

OFFICER #2
Yes sir. You’re a war hero.

TOM
War hero? No, I work down at the law offices in the city.

OFFICER #1
I need you to drop the weapon! Now!

TOM
Oh, you’d like that wouldn’t you?!

Tom tries firing his gun in the air and it just clicks several times.

NICK
It’s not even loaded?

The police officers rush in and tackle Tom to the ground. As they wrestle handcuffs onto Tom...

NARRATOR
Tom was locked up in jail. There was talks of him pleading temporary insanity but it did not hold up as he wasn’t a war hero, his brain was fine and there was no reason for him to have flipped out. He is just an angry individual. His bail is currently set to a thousand dollars for domestic disturbance which is pretty good considering everything that happened.

THE END.

1 comment:

  1. This could definitely be the comedy version of Brothers. Or at least a serious/comedy version. I do feel bad for Gabe though. Poorguy is going to go home and get yelled at by his wife. She'll probably assume he was cheating with his secretary, or a random girl, and this whole thing that happened at Tom's house will now happen at Gabe's house. Except Gabe's wife/girlfriend will go postal at the work office and shoot every girl there. Poor Gabe.

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