Thursday, July 29, 2010

Everyone Needs a Day Off Now and Then

Post by Trai

The MTV theme music ROARS IN.

CUT. TV SCREEN                                               

The TV at the foot of Ferris' bed. The MTV logo is playing.

INT. BEDROOM                                          
   
Ferris yanks open the drapes. The pall of the sickroom disappears in the brilliant glow of morning sunlight.

                              FERRIS
               Incredible! One of the worst performances
               of my career and they never doubted it
               for a second.
                          (looks out the window)
               What a beautiful day!

He turns from the window.

                              FERRIS
               Parents always fall for the clammy hands.
               It's physical evidence of illness. It's
               a good, non-specific symptom. Parents are
               generally pretty hip to the fever scams.
               And to make them work you have to go a hundred
               and one, hundred and two. You get a nervous
               mother and you end up in a doctor's office
               and that's worse than school.

He flips on his stereo and fills the room with the MTV broadcast. A NEW SONG begins.

                              FERRIS
               Fake a stomach cramp and when you're
               doubled over, moaning and wailing, just
               lick your palms. It's a little stupid
               and childish but then so if high school.
               Right?

He equalizes the sound a little.

                              FERRIS
               This is my ninth sick day with semester.
               If I go for ten, I'm probably going to
               have to barf up a lung. So, I absolutely
               must make this one count.

He exits into the hallway.

INT. BATHROOM                                             

Ferris walks into the bathroom. It's littered with Jean's debris. He turns on the shower water.

                              FERRIS
               I don't care if you're fifty five
               or seven, everybody needs a day off
               now and then. It's a beautiful day.
               How can I be expected to handle
               high school?

You can check out this movie at the New Belgin Bike-In Cinema on August 13th.  It’s good to take a day off now and then.

3 comments:

Patricia Stoltey said...

A day off is always good, and I don't even have to fake an illness.

My day off will be Saturday. I'm not sure of my schedule yet, but I'm definitely going to NCW member Cricket McRae's book signing (and cheese tasting) at Old Firehouse Books (Old Town) at 1:00 PM.

Lisa_Gibson said...

I can definitely agree with that! :) A day off here and there will cure what ails you, or at least make you forget about it for awhile.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Thanks for the trip back to the 80s. Good old Ferris!

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