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Benson Entertainment 2006© presents: CHANCE an Independent Film by AMBER BENSON

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SCRIPT EXCERPTS

Chance – Amber Benson

When you’re a little kid you never think that you’ll die. I mean, death is just
some obscure esoteric thing that you see on T.V or read about in a book.
(beat)
Then one day you realize what it really is…
(beat)
And nothing is ever the same again.
(beat)
From that day on you’re fucked.

Simon – James Marsters


Simon sits up on the couch and looks around. He’s wearing a wig, make-up and a
sun dress.

He gets up (notice the high-heeled sandals) and opens the door.

Chance’s Mother, DESIRRE< stands in the doorway looking like the new age
wanderer that she is.

Simon grabs her in a bear hug and kisses her cheek.

SIMON
(high-pitched woman’s voice)
Mother, it’s so wonderful to see you!

He kisses her again on both cheeks.

DESIREE
Hello, Simon—

SIMON
Simon? Don’t you recognize your own daughter?

DESIREE
No, you’re Simon. I can tell by the aura. Yours is white, Chance’s is turquoise—

SIMON
But I’m Chance! It’s me, other!

Chance comes out of the bedroom wearing Simon’s pants and shirt. She’s drawn a
little beard and moustache on her lower face with eyeliner pen.

CHANCE
Hello.

Chance goes right for the couch and lays down.

CHANCE (cont’d)
I must sleep.

She closes her eyes and begins fake snoring.

SIMON
Mother, why don’t you come inside and I’ll fix you a nice glass of iced tea.

CHANCE
But you’re Simon—
(beat, deciding to play along)
Alright, Chance, sweetheart, love of my loins, yes, let’s sit and drink the
fruit of the Earth together. We shall give thanks for the bounty the mother
goddess has seen fit to provide us with.

Simon shoots Chance a dirty look.

Desiree – Christine Estabrook

DESIREE
Chance was conceived on a gondola ride in Venice.

SIMON
You seem to have luck with conceiving while in transit.

DESIREE
I suppose.

SIMON
I didn’t think you could have sex while you were driving.

DESIREE
Oh, it’s a lot of fun. Especially when you’re on police watch.

CHANCE
You did it backwards?

DESIREE
Of course. That way I could watch the road as I steered.

SIMON
I bet you have to push the chair way back—

Chance throws another pillow at Simon

CHANCE (V.O)
My mother is clinically insane.

Desiree sits facing Chance on the couch.

CHANCE
A divorce?! But why! You guys are so perfectly psychotic together?!

Desiree starts to cry.

DESIREE
Chance, your father has fallen out of the nest of our love and into the waiting
arms of a young, ex bomb vulture.

CHANCE
Dad met another woman?

Desiree Nods.

DESIREE
She’s eighteen—

CHANCE
Eighteen?!???
(beat)
She’s younger than me! She was like conceived in the eighties! Jesus, Mother…

DESIREE
That’s why I left. I couldn’t stand to see them together—

CHANCE
She was living in the house?!

Milton – Nate Barlow


CHANCE
(straight to the camera)
Milton has been a pain in my ass for the past six months. Every time I walk out
my door he’s standing there drooling. Maybe some women find shit like that
flattering, but me—
(beat)
It just pisses me off. Royally
(beat)
I SHOULD be able to leave my house without the drooler taking notes. It’s a free
fucking country, right?

MILTON
Why’re you taking to yourself?

Chance glares at him.

CHANCE
Mind your own damned business.

She gives him the finger as she walks away.

Sara – Tressa diFiglia


SARA
You smell yummy.

She kisses Chance's neck.

CHANCE
I think it's kind of rude to just kiss somebody without asking them first.

SARA
(nibbling Chance's ear)
You don't mind...

CHANCE
(resigned)
I don't mind.

CHANCE (V.O)
I'm not all that into girls to tell you the truth. If I want a little pussy, I
got my own to play with.

Sara takes two ecstacy tablets from her cleavage. She eats one, then puts the
other on Chance's tongue.

CHANCE (V.O cont'd)
But I was in the experimental phase of my twenties (beat) And ecstacy is a
strong sexual motivator.

Johnny – Rupert Cole


JOHNNY
Yeah. That tofu cheese thing just really does something for me, man. Gets me
going in all the right ways. Ya dig?

SIMON
Sure.
(beat)
I guess.

JOHNNY
My girlfriend says that it gives me gas, but, man, so does the real stuff. It’s
all about the cheese, ya know?
(beat)
But if you ain’t got it, and I ain’t, then go soy bean curd, baby.

SIMON
Yep.

Johnny’s eyes glaze over and roll back into his head. Simon looks concerned.

Finally:

SIMON (cont’d)
Are you alright?

Johnny shakes his head and smiles

JOHNNY
Just an epiphany, man. This whole Tofu cheese thing—

Jack – Andy Hallett


JACK
The name’s Jack. You got another one of those?

CHANCE
Another one of what?

Beat

JACK
Another one of those.

He points to her cigarette.

CHANCE
Oh, you mean the cigarette?.

He nods.

JACK
Yeah.

CHANCE
Dumb me.

JACK
Sure. No problem.

Chance just smiles at him.

JACK (cont’d)
So, you got one?

CHANCE
Yeah, I just bought a pack earlier.

She smiles, unmoving.

JACK
That’s nice. But can I have one?

CHANCE
You want a cigarette?

JACK
Yeah, I think so. I thought so…

CHANCE
Uhm, let me see.

She digs in her purse, then pulls out a crumpled pack.

CHANCE (cont’d)
Shit!
(beat)
I know I got one somewhere—

Jack starts to walk off.

JACK
You know what? It’s cool. I’ll catch you later.

Chance quickly stand sup and starts following him.

She continues to dig in her bag as she gives chase.

CHANCE
Wait a minute! Jack! I found one!

She catches up to Jack and thrusts a half-broken cigarette in his face.

He stops and stares at her.

JACK
But it’s broken…

CHANCE
Only half.

He cocks his head and stares at the cigarette. Then he takes it.

JACK
Thanks.

Guy – Shamus Murphy


GUY
Have you ever really thought about why moths are so attracted to light? I mean,
have you ever given the thought ten minutes of real concentration? I bet if you
took the time to really think things through, gave every action careful thought
and planning, the world would be such and easier place to live in.

CHANCE
Probably.

GUY
Not probably. Definitely.

CHANCE
(laughing)
Alright. Definitely.
(beat)
You take things so seriously.

GUY
That’s ‘cause life is serious.

CHANCE
I agree, but still not Everything has to be so intense.

He gives her a look as if to say: “I disagree”. They finish playing cards in
silence.

CHANCE (cont’d) (V.O)
Guy did take things a little seriously, but still he was an amazing kisser and
he smelled good. And that definitely counts for something.

INT. CHANCE’S BATHROOM – DAY

Guy looks at his reflection in the mirror.

CHANCE (V.O)
There was a bit of narcissism there, true. But you can overlook that when other
things are working in overdrive, ya know?
(beat)
The only thing that really bugged me about him was the way he asked me girl
questions.

GUY
Do you think my face looks fat?

Rory – Rayder Woods


CHANCE
Rory, you can’t just manhandle me into your fuckin’ car and expect me to jump
your bones or something. I mean, it’s light out for one thing and there are kids
who live in my building, for God’s sake. What if they came out to play baseball
and saw your hairy ass pressed up against the windshield—

RORY
I don’t want to have sex with you—

CHANCE
Wait. What did you say? Huh? Huh?

RORY
I—

CHANCE
Oh, now I’m not good enough for you or something?

RORY
No, I just want to—

CHANCE
What are you saying, Rory? Spit it out.

RORY
Can’t we just talk like before—

CHANCE
Before?

CUT TO:

INT. CHANCE’S BEDROOM – NIGHT

Chance and Rory lie entwined under the covers of Chance’s bed.

RORY
When I was a little kid my dad used to take us to the zoo to see the lions
‘cause they were my favorite.

Chance stifles a yawn.

RORY (cont’d)
I kinda thought I wanted to be a lion tamer when I was a kid—

Chance has fallen asleep. Rory continues to talk, oblivious.

Orderly – Patrick Beller


ORDERLY
Look, from experience I can tell you that no one is gonna solve your problems
for you. You have to deal with your own demons. They’re in YOUR head, not anyone
elses.
(beat)
And until you deal…
(beat)
Well, life is gonna be tough.

CHANCE
I like my demons. I consider them close personal friends.
(beat)
We enjoy each other’s company immensely.

ORDERLY
You’re an interesting girl.

CHANCE & LOVERS, LIARS AND LUNATICS

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