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The cage
by jonathan (gamfreek@prodigy.net)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Comedy   User Review: **
The trails and tribulations of four teen students in detention.


This screenplay is copyrighted to its author. All rights reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.



THE CAGE

INT. HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Three of the four students WAIT in front of the detention
door.

JOANNA leans against the lockers looking at her shoes
listening to KURT. Shes strongwilled, speaks when she thinks
its nessecary and above all hates talking with KURT.

KURT is a close friend of HARRY and knows JOANNA only
through HARRY. KURT has his head on straight, but at times,
goes too far with some things.

HARRY is sleeping against the lockers, trying to catch up
with his hours. Between the three of them, he his the most
smartest and the most troublesome, mainly due to the fact
that he causes more problems than the other two combined.

The TEACHER arrives and OPENS the door letting them in.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Heya..ya I know Im late, just get
in.
                                                            
 
INT. DENTENTION ROOM - DAY
                                                            
The three students SIT down in the back row.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Oh yeah, sit up front.
                                                            
The students complain and SIT in front.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Alright,Im the teacher and youre
here, obviously, for detention.
Anyone have a watch?
                                                            
The students shake their head in confusion.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Well, the clock in this rooms gone
for repair...so one of you will
have to count to sixty minutes.
Til then, sit down and shut up.
                                                            
The TEACHER checks the attendance.
                                                            

2.

                       TEACHER
Wheres the fourth?
                                                            
In ARRIVES the FRESHMAN.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Im not late, am I?
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Yes, but Im sure it wont happen
for your next detention, will it?
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
I hope not...
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Sit down.
                                                            
The FRESHMAN sits down in the back. The TEACHER sits in his
own desk, the phone rings, ANSWERS, and talks to the
students.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Hello, Alright, Ill be there in a
minute. Everyone stay seated and
keep your mouths shut, I gotta
step out for a minute. Mr.Kraft
got his head stuck in the twizzler
jar.
                                                            
The TEACHER leaves.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
So, how longs this detention
thingy?
                                                            
                       HARRY
Youre in luck, its already over!
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Really, cool!
                                                            
The FRESHMAN leaves,and a few seconds later is THROWN back
into the room. The TEACHER enters.
                                                            
                       KURT
Stupid freshman
                                                            
                       HARRY
Hey, freshie...
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Yes?
                                                            

3.

                       TEACHER
Everyone...SHUT UP!!
                                                            
The TEACHER leaves and the other students make fun of him
for leaving and getting caught. Students throw paper and
other objects at the FRESHMAN for enjoyment.
                                                            
TIME PASSES BY (ADVISE A DISSOLVE.)
                                                            
                       HARRY
Man, its hot in here.
                                                            
HARRY gets up from his desk and moves toward the window. He
has been sweating more than the others, they dont notice.
KURT looks toward the FRESHMAN.
                                                            
                       KURT
So Freshie...why are you here?
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
      (Nervous to
       Gloating)
I..uh...got caught trying to flood
the bathroom.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (Interested)
Whatd you try to flood it with?
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Lots and lots...of tiolet paper.
Pretty genius, huh?
                                                            
                       KURT
Freshman...only good for laughing
at...
                                                            
HARRY sits back down.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Stupid window, damn things always
jammed.
                                                            
                       KURT
Hey Harry, this kid tried to flood
the bathroom with toilet paper.
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (Interested)
Oh, really?
                                                            
Harry LOOKS towards the FRESHMAN. KURT waits for HARRY to
mock him.
                                                            

4.

                       HARRY
Use something that wont break
apart next time, and the best
bathroom is down the hall, during
the 2nd lunch period. Totally
empty.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
What? Youve tried to flood the
bathroom with tiolet paper?
                                                            
                       HARRY
When I was a freshman, I used a
gym shirt to stop up the toilet.
                                                            
The conversation goes on between the three, leaving the
FRESHMAN out.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
Whats the point of flooding
bathrooms?
                                                            
                       KURT
Just to create chaos.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Yeah, this schools gotta be
prepared for the worst and if its
wasnt for people like me...
                                                            
                       KURT
...this school woundnt be prepared
for unexpected bathroom floodings.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Yeah..what he said.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
So basically, youre ruining all
the fun for the new freshies.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Pretty much...
                                                            
                       JOANNA
Then I have no problem, just make
sure you do it in the boys
bathroom.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
      (Interjects)
Boys cant go in the girls
bathroom.
                                                            

5.

                       JOANNA
      (to FRESHMAN)
I hope you get molested.
                                                            
KURT and HARRY LAUGH, suddenly, the door OPENS, TEACHER POPS
his head in.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Whats goin on here?
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
      (tattling)
They were verbally-
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Shut up, just dont speak. Oh and
does anyone have any Vaseline or
like lotion or something?
                                                            
The Students all SHAKE their head.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Alright...oh and shut up!
                                                            
The TEACHERs head LEAVES and the door CLOSES.
                                                            
                       KURT
      (To FRESHMAN)
Dont talk for the next 40 minutes.
                                                            
                       KURT
      (Ignores FRESHMAN
       and looks toward
       JOANNA)
So...what are you doin after this?
                                                            
                       JOANNA
Nothing involving you.
                                                            
                       HARRY
What about me?
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Or what about me?
                                                            
                       KURT
      (To FRESHMAN)
What did I say about talking?
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (to KURT)
Dont you have a girlfriend?
                                                            

6.

                       KURT
Yeah...Im flexible.
                                                            
JOANNA makes a DISGUSTED face, FRESHMAN cant help but laugh
at the situation.
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (sweating and
       irritated)
Shut-up!
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
You were a freshman too!
                                                            
                       HARRY
And I despised every minute of it.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Then why pick on me?
                                                            
                       HARRY
So that you pass on this ritual to
the freshman next year.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
      (confidence)
Never.
                                                            
The door OPENS one final time. Everyone turns quite, in
walks the STUDENT.
                                                            
                       STUDENT
Is MR. Weldon in here?
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (sarcastic)
Well...you have to think about it,
is anyone really "here"?
                                                            
                       STUDENT
Thats really funny Harry...so I
take it hes not.
                                                            
The STUDENT leaves.
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (low anger)
Did you see that?
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (puzzled)
What?
                                                            

7.

                       HARRY
      (slowly raising
       voice)
Every time that door opens, were
silent. Theyve trained us like
dogs.
                                                            
HARRY gets out of his seat and goes off in a crazy RANT.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (to KURT)
Whats wrong with him?
                                                            
                       KURT
Hes kinda claustrophobic and he
has this thing about unwritten
laws in school. Dont worry, hell
calm down.
                                                            
HARRY picks up a chair and THROWS it at the window. The
window breaks open.
                                                            
STUNNED SILENCE
                                                            
The FRESHMAN walks toward the window.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
What did you do?
                                                            
                       JOANNA
He threw a desk at the window,
idiot.
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (quickly)
Im getting out of here...
                                                            
HARRY moves towards the window and gets ready to jump.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (along with KURT)
Hey, what are you, stupid?
                                                            
                       KURT
      (along with JOANNA)
Were on the second floor.
                                                            
                       HARRY
The teachers gonna be here any
minute and I would rather take my
chances of getting busted later on
then right now.
                                                            

8.

HARRY looks out the window and down.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Wow, thats really far.
                                                            
HARRY looks at the FRESHMAN, along with the others.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
What?...Is there something on my
face?
                                                            
A second later, all three are hoisting the FRESHMAN and
throw him threw the window.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
Hey-no, wait! MY HAIR!
                                                            
He lands on the ground, stays there, arms moving a little.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Ill go first, secure the landing
zone.
                                                            
HARRY jumps out the window and lands on the FRESHMAN.
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (to FRESHMAN)
You alright?
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
      (hardly heard)
I think my spine bone is broken.
                                                            
                       HARRY
      (towards window)
Okay, next person up!
                                                            
KURT jumps out and lands in the same place, kicking the
FRESHMAN a bit.
                                                            
                       HARRY
Now its your turn, come on!
                                                            
JOANNA looks down nervously, she is unsure.
                                                            
                       KURT
Well catch you if you dont fall on
him.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (throws caution to
       the wind)
Ah, to hell with it!
                                                            

9.

JOANNA jumps down and lands on the FRESHMAN also.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
      (crying)
OWW, your heavy!
                                                            
She kicks him once.
                                                            
                       FRESHMAN
What, its not my fault!
                                                            
Twice.
                                                            
CUT TO JOANNA WALKING TOWARD HARRY AND KURT
                                                            
                       KURT
We should get out of here, quick!
                                                            
                       JOANNA
I have a car.
                                                            
                       HARRY
You kids have fun with that.
                                                            
                       KURT
Where you going Harry?
                                                            
                       HARRY
I dont know, but I sure as hell
cant come back here.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (not believing his
       words)
What? Are you afraid of whats
gonna happen to you?
                                                            
                       HARRY
No, but I think I finally
understand...
                                                            
                       JOANNA
Understand what, Harry?
                                                            
                       HARRY
That theres too much going on in
this world for me to just sit and
let it pass.
                                                            
                       KURT
At least let me get you a ride
home.
                                                            

10.

                       HARRY
No, Im okay...I think Ill just
"walk the earth" for a while.
                                                            
SILENCE, KURT STARES AT HARRY.
                                                            
                       KURT
Alright, Joanna, lets go.
                                                            
KURT tugs at her to come along, as if shes being taken away
from something she wishs to understand.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
...but...
                                                            
                       KURT
He knows what hes doing...
                                                            
They both start to walk their separate ways. JOANNA stops,
turns around toward HARRY.
                                                            
                       JOANNA
HARRY!
                                                            
She waves "goodbye", HARRY does too. They both cotinue
walking away.
                                                            
IN CAR, THEY SEE HARRY
                                                            
                       JOANNA
      (to herself, out
       loud.)
Does he know where hes going?
                                                            
                       KURT
No...thats the best thing about
life, you never know exactly where
your going or where your going to
be.
                                                            
They drive away, HARRY watches them pass, waits and raises
his fist in the air in triumph.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Aaron Date 4/14/2005 *
Although it did have some pretty hilarious parts, the script as a whole was kind of pointless. I didn't get the ending either.

From Ellis Date 4/13/2005 ***
Nice script. Not so much on the funny. A little like "Not Another Teen Movie".


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