Drakestooth Studios has hired a new casting director who thinks he can get Holmes off the ground. (I talked with a buddy who threw out some good ideas for other actors to fill the roles so I can afford it.) Here's a refresher on the film and roles:
PLOT SUMMARY: James Holmes is a file room clerk at Los Angeles's largest detective agency, but uses the fact that he works there and his last name to pick up women. Wanting to be an actual detective, he hires an out of work actor he meets at a bar to become his nemesis, the Moriarty to his Holmes. But the actor actually does a brilliant job as a villain, and James and his boss need to work together to catch the villain before he ruins James' life.
DISTRIBUTION SIZE: Local
James Holmes - A cocky, underemployed file clerk at the detective/PI agency. He likes to party and doesn't take much of life seriously. His last name isn't actually Holmes; he lied because it sounded more detective-y.
William Dawson - A former cop, he runs the detective agency with something of an iron fist. He's no nonsense at work, and plays the straight-man to most of Holmes's antics in the film. Understandably peeved at Holmes' mistake that sets up the story, he agrees to help because James can pay.
Evil Patrick Stewart - Patrick Stewart as a washed up drunk version of himself, who happens to easily perform the role of diabolical villain, after being approached by James to be his Moriarty.
Stephanie Colton - A girl James picks up in a bar in the first act. They interact a little bit throughout the the film (maybe not even directly, just shots of James texting?), then she gets to be the damsel in distress in the climax of the movie.
Henchmen (1-3) - Former co-stars of Patrick Stewart who act as his henchmen.
We're hoping James Franco will return to play lead role James Holmes and also direct.
The role of William Dawson will no longer be played by Keanu Reeves, as he priced himself out. We'd like quotes from Gary Oldman, Jon Hamm and Sebastian Stan.
For Evil Patrick Stewart, we'd like to bring back Patrick Stewart.
For Stephanie Colton, we'd like to bring back Emily VanCamp if she's available.
For the Henchmen, we'd like quotes from Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, and Jonathan Frakes
No worries guys, been hella busy myself with work and some unfortunate real life stuff. But we shall proceed!
Bourbon Street Productions' MEATHOOK Negotiations
Julian McMahon: $1.7M
John Travolta: $2.8M
Antonio Banderas: He likes the script, so is willing to cut down to $1.7M
Nicolas Cage: $4.8M
Jason Statham: $3.3M
Emma Watson: As her show of faith for the studio, she is willing to cut down to $2.3M
Emma Stone: $3.4M
Amanda Seyfried: $2.5M
Saoirse Ronan: $1.7M
Jennifer Lawrence: She thinks she is far too big for a production this size.
Margot Robbie: $2.6M
(SUPP) Christopher Walken: $1.2M
Christoph Waltz: $1.1M
Dustin Hoffman: $1.9M
Willem Dafoe: $1.5M
Malina Weissman: She thinks this would be good for her career, $240K
Peyton Kennedy: $300K
Ashley Gerasimovich: She likewise thinks this would boost her career, $240K
Millie Bobby Brown: $400K
(MINOR) Laura Linney: $300K
Patricia Arquette: $220K
Lisa Edelstein: $140K
Melora Hardin: $150K
Michael B. Jordan: He thinks he is far too big for a minor role in a production this size.
Winston Duke: $80K
Stu Bennett: $120K
Arnold Schwarzenegger: He thinks he is far too big for a minor role in a production this size.
Sylvester Stallone: He thinks he is far too big for a minor role in a production this size.
Dylan Welsh: $210K
Vinnie Jones: $130K
The boxing organizations don't want to do business with a mere Startup studio.
Bourbon Street Productions would like to announce the first casted actors for their upcomming Movie „Meathook“
Ryan Coogler as the Director ($1,76 Mio.)
Christoph Waltz as Ian Mondy ($1.1 Mio.)
Malina Weissman as Jessica McNamara ($240K)
Patricia Arquette as Vanessa McNamara ($220K)
Stu Bennett as Chadwick Lee - Name will be changed to Oliver „The Cavalier“ Preston ($120K)
Dylan Welsh as David „Dynamite“ Wilson ($210K) (if he accepts)
Vinnie Jones as Adam „The Artillery“ Archer ($130K)
Since Bourbon Street Productions is financially in kind of a tough spot, we would like to offer the Role of Meathook also to Liev Schreiber, Ewan McGregor and Jon Hamm.
Now to the Female Lead: Additionally to the already asked actresses we would also talk to Ann Hathaway, Kirsten Dunst and Keira Knightley
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Rayelek, you can just use the previous negotiated prices for the same talent you want (as it's the same movie). Doing this chronologically, so the negotations will come later as it's time for a movie report...
THE MIDNIGHT RIDERS
PUBLIC RECEPTION: 93%
PRODUCTION SCORE: 40%
- There wasn't anything to fault or praise on the production done, the budget was sufficient.
STORY SCORE: 80%
- Like most of the time, there were a few haters on the critics side, who thought the plot was too dark for light-hearted fun, but the rest didn't expect to see an Adam Sandler movie. Though everyone agreed that the screenwriting was top notch, especially the pacing, which can be ever so difficult to nail down in a feature film.
ACTING SCORE: 66%
- With the exception of Bob Saget's dragging performance on the dramatic sides of things, the acting was really great. There was little doubt how Gary Oldman would do as the lead, but Saget on the comedy was superb as well. Perhaps the most surprisingly good performance, though still not on Oldman's level, came from John Stamos who many critics thought shined through in every scene he was in. Penny Marshall delivered a good performance behind the camera, she managed to stay on top of things.
CASTING SCORE: 90%
- The critics thought the casting was superb, though Bob Saget's lacking dramatic ability made him look slightly foolish alongside a world-renowned talent like Gary Oldman.
ENDING SCORE: 100%
- Buddy comedies are usually more about the journey rather than the ending, but this one was perfect. Quite literally the best possible ending one could muster up, which got the screenwriting even more of a thumbs up.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM: 80%
BOX OFFICE REVENUE GENERATED: $8.33M
INCOME FROM BOX OFFICE: $7.5M
REVENUE FROM PHYSICAL COPIES: $2.84M
TOTAL INCOME: $10.34M
TOTAL BUDGET: $10M
PROFIT / LOSS: +$340K
STUDIO FUNDS PREVIOUSLY: $10M
STUDIO FUNDS NOW: $10.34M
- Penny Marshall was better than expected. Her Reputation has improved to 27%; Her Direction has improved to 43%
- Bob Saget's Comedy has improved to 71%
- John Stamos surprised many with his superb performance that really stood out. His Reputation has improved to 37%; His Draw has risen to 22%
- Sophie thought the box office revenue didn't quite match her projection. She put it down as a bit of bad luck.
- Bob Saget was quite vocal about critics calling his dramatic performance flat as while 'average', his performance wasn't bad at all.
- Sophie's overall view is that this was a very succesful debut and she didn't have any big issues to comment on.
POTENTIAL BIDDING WAR!
Drakestooth Studios and Bourbon Street Productions have both offered lead roles to Jon Hamm and thus there's a possible bidding war. As Drakestooth Studios were the first to make contact, they can have the opening bid. If there's no bid from Drakestooth until May 25th, Bourbon Street Productions are free to make an offer.
Opening bid: $2.5M
Turn: Drakestooth Studios
Current bid: (none)
Drakestooth Studios' HOLMES Negotiations
Like I said earlier, for the returning talent, just use the previous prices from the earlier negotiations.
Gary Oldman: $2.0M
Jon Hamm: See above!
Sebastian Stan: He would love to have a go at the role, so is willing to drop down to $900K
Wil Wheaton: $140K
Brent Spiner: $90K
LeVar Burton: $170K
Jonathan Frakes: $90K
Bourbon Street Productions' MEATHOOK Negotiations
Liev Schreiber: $1.5M
Ewan McGregor: $2.7M
Jon Hamm: See above!
Anne Hathaway: $5M
Kirsten Dunst: $2.1M
Keira Knightley: $3M
Oh.. I completely forgot to post the negotations for cappy's role addition! Sorry about that..
Amalgamated Artists' TO BE A FRIEND Negotiations
Leah Remini: $200K
Amy Hathaway: $120K
With this we should be all caught up.
Directing and Lead Role (James Holmes): James Franco $4.1m
Lead Role (William Dawson): Sebastian Stan $900k
Lead Role (Evil Patrick Stewart): Patrick Stewart $1.9k
Minor Role (Stephanie Colton): Emily VanCamp $150k
Minor Role (Henchman #1 aka Evil LeVar Burton): LeVar Burton $170k
Minor Role (Henchman #2 aka Evil Wil Wheaton): Wil Wheaton $140k
Minor Role (Henchman #3 aka Evil Brent Spiner): Brent Spiner $90k
Total Contracts: $7.45m.
Film & Final Marketing & Production Budget should all be up by Thursday.
We'll go with Remini. We like both women but she feels like the more natural fit.
Bourbon Street Production is happy to announce the following Actor has been casted for the Male Lead Role of their Upcomming Movie:
Liev Schreiber as Andrew "Meathook" McNamara (€1.5 Mio.)
Now to the difficult part, after some thinking Bourbon Street Production can't really affort any of the contacted actresses without making huge cuts in the Production department. BSP has learned from his mistakes in Dixie's Garden and wants to increase the Production Budget. So here is the thing. Bourbon Street Productions wants to contact the following 4 actresses again and ask if one of them is willing to work with a paycut in exchange for one of the Lead Roles in the Movie after Meathook. If that is not an Option, we are also available to futher Negotiations. The afore mentioned actresses are Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried, Margot Robbie and Kirsten Dunst.
Since I'm getting close to having To Be A Friend ready, I'd like to get the budgeting counters out of the way now. As I have things figured, the breakdown should be.
CAST: $5.4 million
PRODUCTION: $1.6 million
MARKETING: $3 million
Really want the families of America knowing this one's out there.
Todos Santos Studios has announced the planning of its second production, "The Duke of Oakland!" Here's the casting information.
TITLE: The Duke of Oakland
PLOT SUMMARY: A present-day, current events-inspired take on the classic novel “The Count of Monte Cristo,” this tale focuses on Marcus Jackson, a self-made black man from the projects of Oakland, California. His rise to the upper crust of the area, complete with a pending marriage to a white heiress to a local fortune, has ruffled many feathers among the elitists. Soon, he’s framed and put in jail for crimes he did not commit, and once he gets out, he actively seeks revenge against those he was wronged by.
RATING: PG-13 (intense situations, language, violence, racism)
DISTRIBUTION SIZE: TBD (likely 0)
DIRECTOR: Our top three choices are Ryan Coogler, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee.
LEAD: Marcus Jackson
Jackson is the protagonist of the film (a la Edmond Dantes in the book), and his story is told over a stretch of several years. A son of a single mother, he makes something of himself despite all odds, only to see everything come crashing down around him. With time, his focus changes from bettering the lives of those he loves to ending the lives of those who wronged him.
We’re interested in Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Daniel Kaluuya.
SUPPORT: Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith is Jackson’s fiancee. Unlike many things in the upper-class society, the love they have is true, real, and pure. Smith and Jackson are set to marry before things go awry, and the wedding being forced off sets in motion a turn of events Jackson seeks to reverse once he leaves jail.
We’re approaching Hayden Panettiere, Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson, and Ellen Page.
SUPPORT: Jared Henderson
Henderson is the primary antagonist of the movie. A rival lawyer, he views Jackson’s rise as a reason he himself has not achieved much, and is incredibly jealous of him. Add in that he’s Amanda Smith’s ex-boyfriend from many years ago and still harbors feelings for her, and suddenly we’ve got a recipe for disaster.
We’d like to speak with Jeremy Renner, Jared Leto, James Franco, and Bradley Cooper.
SUPPORT: Patrick Loman
Loman is Jackson’s second-in-command at his firm. When the firm’s longtime top partner retired, it was widely assumed that Loman was next in line for the position. However, Jackson was tapped for the promotion instead, and that drove a gigantic wedge between the two. While Henderson’s anger is motivated by lust, Loman’s is motivated by greed.
We’re in talks with Ewan McGregor, Jon Hamm, and Liev Schreiber.
SUPPORT: Walt Masters
This right here is the potential scene-stealing role of the entire movie. Here we have the man representing Abbe Faria, Edmond Dantes’s chief ally in the book. Masters is an older man that was imprisoned after Jackson began his term, and he provides insight into the outside world as well as an eventual way out. For several reasons, Jackson’s pursuit of revenge is not possible without Masters, and it can be argued that this is the most important role in the movie.
We’ve got a lot of people we’re interested in for this role, and it could take various shapes depending on who we cast. Here’s the list: Will Smith, Peter Dinklage, Gary Oldman, Patrick Stewart, Christoph Waltz, LeVar Burton, and Bill Murray.
MINOR: Gary Porter
Gary Porter is Jackson’s closest friend, and was in line to be the best man at his wedding. A journalist by trade, he works to attempt to exonerate Jackson following his conviction, and serves as a trusted confidant following his escape from jail. He’s also the source of most of the movie’s comic relief, which is needed given the heavy material we’re working with here.
We’re interested in Jason Segel, James Franco (yes, for both this role and Jared Henderson), Anthony Mackie, and Nathan Fillion.
HRTVAndrew: Just wanted to let you know that Ryan Coogler, Liev Schreiber and Christoph Waltz are at the Moment working for me.
And now Amalgamated Artist prooudly presents:
Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson and Jennifer Jason Leigh in:
TO BE A FRIEND
As the opening credits fade and the film begins, we are treated to an establishing shot of Jimmy Carter High somewhere in the suburbs of Atlanta. It is mid afternoon and parents are arriving to pick their kids up from school. A long receiving line sits along the curb outside the front door while other parents park in a student reception lot overlooking the receiving line. Out on the street in the front of the school we see a buttercream Buick Regal arrive and take its place in the reception lot. Inside single mom and novelist Trudy Gold (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is dictating plot notes into a micro cassette recorder as she waits for her daughter to get out.
Just as Trudy finishes recording, the school bell blares out and students coming flooding through the doors. Those who still have the courage to have gotten driver's licenses race to the side of the building to reach the student parking lot while the rest make beelines toward their rides. In the midst of this crowd we see a young blonde (Olivia Rose Keegan) power walking through the crowd being frantically pursued by another (Yara Shahidi) addressing her as Darcy. Darcy stops and turns to the girl, addresses her as Felicia and demands to know why should bother. Felicia is confused. She doesn't understand what she did or why Darcy's suddenly acting this way. They've been friends as long as she can remember and she's not going to let Darcy throw that away so easily. But Darcy is unmoved. She indicates her friend should talk to the hand, gives her a sharp "Bye, Felicia" and continues walking away. Felicia still in hot pursuit.
But movement within the receiving line as those parents leave creates separation between the two girls which allows Darcy to reach her mom's car. The younger Gold kissing her mom on the cheek through the open window and hopping in the back seat. Trudy asks where Felicia is and all Darcy will say is that Felicia won't be riding home with them any more.
While Trudy's trying to make sense of this development, Felicia walks past the car, shakes her head sadly and starts heading out of the parking lot. But Trudy won't accept that. She jumps out of the car and chases Felicia down. She gets Felicia to explain what's wrong and gives her head a knowing shake at the response.
Trudy assures her that Darcy can do and think what she wants. But Trudy's the one who's driving. And she's inviting Felicia to keep riding home with them. She's known Felicia since the girl was little and Trudy thinks of her as the sister she's always wished she'd been able to give Darcy. Whether Darcy wants Felicia to join the ride home or not, Trudy wants her and that is final. Felicia smiles and a big hug later, she's in the Buick riding shotgun on the trip home. Darcy's not thrilled about this and attempts to object but Trudy shuts her down. Trudy's made her decision and Darcy can be sure they'll talk about this when they get home.
Shortly thereafter we see Felicia dropped off and the Gold women arrive home. Darcy quick to flee to the kitchen for a snack while Trudy leaves her notes in her writing room. When Trudy reaches the kitchen, Darcy's pulling a Hot Pocket out of the microwave and just sitting down to eat it. Trudy leaning over the little side table, both hands firmly planted on its surface, telling Darcy in no uncertain terms that she wants to know why her daughter is doing something so foolish as casting Felicia aside. Darcy full mouth mumbles that she doesn't see what the big deal is. She just feels the bond with Felicia has run its course. So Trudy tells her she'll explain what the big deal is.
From there we cut to another establishing shot of Jimmy Carter High. But this one is different. Instead of the weatherbeaten facade we saw at the beginning of the movie, this one makes the building look freshly built all shiny and new. Which in fact it likely is as a time stamp reads January 16, 1988.
Now we cut inside to the halls where students are milling around. Exchanging books in lockers and making their way to ensuing classes. Amid this bustle we find the younger Trudy (Sabrina Carpenter) and her best friend Olivia (Sofia Carson) hanging out at her open locker. The door festooned with surgically clipped magazine photos of Chad Allen, George Michael, and the New Kids On The Block. The two busily chatting about boys and anxious to get the school day over with. The bell rings to signal the start of the next period and most of the other students start scurrying toward classrooms so as not to be late.
Trudy and Olivia are the exception. Just ambling along still more focused on guy talk than coursework when they finally arrive at their homeroom for English class. Arriving just late enough that their teacher, Mrs Brock (Leah Remini) is in the middle of calling roll and has already reached the M's. Seeing the girls walk in just as she's reaching their names, Mrs. Brock ribs Ms. Marshall and Ms. Mason about how glad she is they could both join the class and shoos them to their seats. Noting that she's still considering separating the two girls' adjoining seats if they don't start focusing more. The girls act appropriately cowed and start laying their desks out for class as the teacher continues the roll.
This leads to a series of scenes of Trudy and Olivia hanging out together to establish how deep their friendship runs. Things like study sesssions. Checking out guys at the mall. The video arcade. Pizza shop. A classmate's birthday party.
But all is not as perfect as it might seem as we also see Trudy dangling upside down from her bed, Dweezil Zappa poster on the wall above her feet, talking on a lip shaped phone to another friend and putting the badmouth to Olivia behind her back.
A few weeks after we join the flashback, we see Trudy and Olivia hanging out at Trudy's locker when one of the guys on the basketball team passes by.Olivia checking him out hard. Trudy teases her friend that it looks like Olivia has quite the crush on Mr. Point Guard. Olivia confesses that she does but makes Trudy promise to keep quiet.
Only the promise doesn't last long. The following weekend Trudy's at the mall shopping with her parents. But when they hit the food court for lunch, she spots another girl from class flirting her socks off with the dreamy basketball player. So Trudy storms over and gets in the girl's face. Not giving a moment's thought to Olivia's privacy and telling the girl to back off because that's her friend's big crush. Which neither the flirt or Olivia's dream guy takes well. Trudy's parents having to peel the other girl off her while the guy laughs at Olivia's pathetic affections.
Come Monday morning, news of Trudy's little scuffle at the mall is all over school. Which to Olivia's dismay includes the reason behind it. Making her the target of every bully and amateur comedian in the entire class. And making things quite heated between the two friends.
Not that Trudy has any idea how badly she screwed up until Olivia gets in her face and gives her both barrels for breaking the confidence. Trudy tries to explain but Olivia will have none of it. So Trudy fires back that if Olivia can't appreciate that her friend was trying to stick up for her, maybe they just shouldn't be friends anymore. Olivia gives Trudy the chance to say she doesn't mean that. But Trudy doubles down and declares their friendship done. Sending Olivia running to homeroom crying to Mrs Brock and requesting the classroom separation the teacher had so often been threatening.
The next morning and Mrs Brock's class is abuzz about another tardy. But this time it's not Trudy. Or Olivia. Or any other student but the teacher herself. As the class chatters about this uncharacteristic behavior, Mrs Brock enters the room with another girl (Rowan Blanchard) in tow. Once she's able to get the class' attention, the teacher introduces the new girl as Natalie Corbett and the whole class greets her with artifical glee. The teacher informs Natalie where the empty seat is and Trudy stands to give further indication. As Natalie approaches, she stops and gushes to Trudy about shiny and luminous her hair is this morning. Beaming at the compliment, Trudy presents Olivia's old desk to Natalie with a flourish and everyone settles in for the daily lecture.
After class, Trudy is only too happy to show Natalie around the school. Natalie has a bright, charismatic personality that's charming the socks right off of Trudy and making them fast friends. However, that's not the only new relationship of Natalie's born that day. Just before lunch, Natalie ducks into the bathroom to check her hair and make sure everything's in place. When who should step out of a nearby but Olivia. Olivia tries to be friendly and introduce herself to the new girl. But for some inexplicable reason, Natalie takes an instant, visceral dislike to Olivia and starts shading her in the extreme. Smiling cruelly as Olivia flees the rest room. But expertly hiding her shameful behavior before joining her new friend Trudy in the cafeteria for lunch.
As we hear adult Trudy via voiceover inform Darcy that this was Natalie's true nature, we follow the double-faced shrew for a bit. When she's with Trudy, she's all sugar and spice. But the moment Natalie steps away from her new buddy, the devil wears Jordache. Taunting other girls. Arguing with teachers in the halls. Mocking the school's veteran janitor. Absolute hell in junior heels.
Obliviious to this, Trudy invites her new friend to the mall the following weekend looking to introduce Natalie to her new community. And this will be the first time Natalie puts her negative nature on display in front of Trudy. Not that Trudy notices right away as Murphy's Law takes effect the moment they walk through the door. By the time the two girls have gotten to Trudy's favorite stores, enough little things have gone wrong that both girls are kind of salty. So when Natalie starts verbally abusing shopgirls and waitstaff, Trudy doesn't think much of it because her patience with the world in pretty thin in its own right. The shopworkers do though. As the ones who know Trudy best are all griping about why did she drop the nice girl in favor of this witch.
Back at home after the dicey shopping trip, Trudy starts to thinking about Olivia and jumps on her lip phone to call her old buddy. But the moment Olivia picks up, she shuts Trudy's attempt to reconcile down cold. Olivia can't see what they even have to talk about and hangs up.
Next day at school, Trudy and Natalie walking out of history class joking about Civil War era fashion when Olivia breaks up the gabfest and goes nose to nose with Natalie, fully intent on standing up to the school's latest bully. Only Natalie turns on the smarm and pretends she has no clue what Olivia is talking about. Fully snowed, Trudy sticks up for her new friend. Telling Olivia that she's better than telling tales that aren't true about people. Exasperated, Olivia throws up her hands and stomps off.
Natalie thanks her new buddy for the support. She's rarely had friends who had her back so fully. Trudy smiles and assures her that's what a friend's for. So encouraged, Natalie asks Trudy for a favor. The favor of never speaking to Olivia again. Olivia, she claims, has been jealous ever since Natalie arrived at Carter High and has been all kinds of outlandish stories about her because of it. A request Trudy shamefully agrees to. Because as adult Trudy acknowledges in voiceover, she'd already tried to repair that bridge and failed.
Shortly thereafter, Natalie corners Olivia and backs the girl against her own locker. Natalie threatening Olivia if she ever blabs in front of Trudy again the warfare won't just be psychological. She'll start getting physical with the ugly dweeb.
From that moment, the shunning is on. Every time we see Olivia and either Trudy or Natalie on screen at the same time, she's getting the silent treatment from them. Doesn't matter whether she's trying to address the abusive relationship, classwork or the weather, neither girl will give her the time of day. Leaving Olivia totally confused. A feeling we hear about when she addresses it in the cafeteria to her new lunchmate. Who tries to reassure Olivia she's better off without either Trudy or Natalie in her life.
But the more Trudy thinks about it, the harder it is to follow through. We see her at home under her Dweezil poster telling friends not named Natalie how much she misses Olivia. Yet she's stuck now because of the promise she made which seemed so reasonable in the moment.
Cut to history class the next morning and Trudy's making jokes about the Elizabethan ruff to herself during the lecture. Her new buddy, Natalie is out sick so she has no one to share them with. But the fashion humor has her so privately amused she's still cracking jokes at her locker. When a voice comes from behind her to ask if she can remember when they made those jokes. Trudy turns and there's Olivia, Trudy's confused and Olivia tells her she hates what's going on between them. She misses her friend. Trudy agrees and the old friends appear to be back together.
They are even back at the mall together. Laughing and shopping like nothing had ever happened between them. The employees we saw secretly slamming Natalie earlier all happy to see Trudy and Olivia together again. But one person isn't happy. Unbeknowst to the two longtime friends, Natalie spies them together as she's coming out of Spencer Gifts. She starts to approach but thinks better of it. A better idea jumps in her head and we watch Natalie sneak away plotting under her breath.
A couple days later everyone's in the school library looking for material to use in a book report Mrs Brock assigned them. Knowing that Olivia looking at books the next aisle over, Natalie chooses that moment to confront Trudy about having seen her shopping with Olivia. She blasts Trudy for being disloyal and violating her pledge to shun her old friend. Trudy tries to plead her case but it does no good. The shouting gets just gets louder and stronger between them. Leading the librarian and surrounding students to try in vain to shush them. Finally to try and defuse the situation, Trudy tells Natalie she's right, apologizes and promises to break up with Olivia again.
But wouldn't you know Olivia would choose that moment to round the stacks and enter Trudy and Natalie's aisle? Trudy sees Olivia and tries to backpedal away from what she just said. Olivia however has had enough of being jerked around and tells Trudy off. If this is the kind of friend Trudy is, Olivia never wants to speak to her again.
As Olivia's stomping away, Trudy turns to complain to Natalie. Only to get a second barrel. Natalie turns on Trudy saying that if Trudy can speak out of both sides of her mouth so quickly, she has no use for the girl either. Olivia may always have been an ugly dweeb but one thing they can agree on is Trudy is completely worthless.
That revelation sends Trudy racing out of library crying like everything she ever loved lay dead at her feet. She goes dashes to the girl's room practically plowing Mrs Brock over in the process. Seeing the young girl in distress, the teacher pulls her into the restroom and makes an offhand remark about Trudy looking like she lost her best friend. To which TRudy says she lost two and tells Mrs Brock the whole awful tale.
The teacher's reply coming as quite a shock. Instead of being all concilatory and tiptoeing around the pieces of Trudy's broken heart, Mrs Brock shoots straight from the hip. She's not at all surprised the girl's disintegrated like this. Trudy's been behaving terribly to her friends, Olivia especially, and this personal nightmare has been coming Trudy's way for months. The worst part is that if Trudy doesn't straighten up and treat friends better, she'll soon find herself never having any at all.
Back in the present, the adult Trudy looks Darcy in her eyes and tells her daughter what her younger self struggled to appreciate. That while Mrs Brock's words were blunt and harsh, they were also a 100% right. She was a horrible friend in those days and it still hurts her heart when she thinks about the bond she and Olivia could have had. The one her own thoughtlessness prevented them from having.
Darcy asks what became of Olivia and Trudy explains that they only started speaking again within the last year. That Trudy's been mentoring this young girl named Laurel whose right about Darcy's age on one of her Facebook groups geared toward writers. And as luck with it, Olivia is her mother. Olivia's also a loan officer at a bank in Phoenix and quite happy out there.
While Natalie never grew up at all. She has remained the same sneaky, underhanded person she always was and they had just seen Natalie on the nightly news the previous week. Natalie had been on trial for stealing money from a children's cancer charity and was likely to be spending many years in jail because of her dishonesty.
Darcy hugs her mom and thanks her for the story. She gets the point just the way Trudy said she would. Her issue with Felicia was just as unnecessary as Trudy and Olivia's had been all those years ago. And now she knows exactly what she has to do. As Darcy dashes out the door, Trudy calls out a request that her love be passed along to Felicia as well.
Quick as a hiccup, Darcy's at her friend's door. But it is a still salty Felicia who answers it. She doesn't understand what they have to talk about and won't let Darcy in. So Darcy offers her apology right there on the stoop. Explaining how horribly wrong she has been. The talk with her mom. The whole nine yards. Seeing Darcy's sincerity, Felicia gives her friend a big hug and all is forgiven. Darcy expressing relief and saying how she never wants to be a Natalie.
This statement leaves Felicia confused. So Darcy suggests Felicia come over a study session and promises to explain. Felicia agrees and heads back inside her house to seek permission as the story ends and we fade to the credits.
RUNTIME: 90 minutes