[Quick Summary: Three sisters reunite in their hometown when tragedy strikes.]
After reading this comedy script, I believe there's no excuse for flat female characters.
Many scripts reduce women to one dimension - bitch, golddigger, etc.
They may get "what" her role is, and "why" she is in the story, but often miss HOW she interacts with people:
- They miss the double/triple meanings.
- They miss that female interactions are layered, nuanced, complex, with attitude, ALL AT ONCE.
[Thus, reducing women to one dimension always feels incomplete.]
This script excels at capturing the "how":
ex. "CHICK: Oh, speaking of which, remember that little polka dot dress you got Peekay for her fifth birthday last month?
LENNY: The red and white one?
CHICK: Yes; well, the first time I put it in the washing machine, I mean the very first time, it fell all to pieces. Those little polka dots just dropped right off into the water.
LENNY (crushed): Oh, no. Well, I'll get something else for her then...a little toy.
CHICK: Oh, no, no, no, no, no!....We wouldn't hear of it! I just wanted to let you know so you wouldn't go and waste any more of your hard-earned money on that make of dress. Those inexpensive brands just don't hold up."
Note in this scene:
- Chick wants to thank Lenny for a gift (goal).
- Chick also enjoys embarrassing Lenny.
- Chick is both polite (thanking) and rude (slyly pointing out Lenny is poor for no good reason other than to feel superior).
- Lenny wants to finish this conversation fast (goal).
- Lenny is humiliated.
- Lenny is under stress (from previous scene) which makes this scene even worse.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: This script only has three characters and a few settings, yet it's terribly memorable because of the women's interactions.
Crimes of the Heart (1986)(rev. dated 2/1/86)
Adapted by Beth Henley from her 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning play