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Tough Love
by Lee Kindler (lfk881@yahoo.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Comedy   User Review: 1/2
An action comedy short about a couple who may or may not be right for eachother.


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.



TOUGH LOVE

FADE IN:

INT. SPRINGER KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
REGI 22 is at the stove cooking eggs, she is still in her
pajamas. PAM 20 walks in wearing boxers and an over-sized
t-shirt.
                                                            
                       REGI
Morning sleepy head.
                                                            
                       PAM
Whatever! It's only 9 am.
                                                            
                       REGI
Most people are already up and
have started their day.
                                                            
                       PAM
Only because they have to. If they
had the option they'd sleep in.
                                                            
                       REGI
Good point.
                                                            
Pam sits at the table.
                                                            
                       PAM
My eggs ready yet?
                                                            
                       REGI
In just a moment, I waited for you
to get up.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (sarcastically)
Aw, so sweet of you. Still lookin
out for me after all these years.
                                                            
                       REGI
      (eyes Pam)
Somebody has to. If I was being a
truly great older sister that
asshole wouldn't get within a
hundred yards of you.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (sighs)
Is Lee really that bad?
                                                            

2.

                       REGI
Yes!
                                                            
Regi flops the eggs onto a plate and sets it in front of
Pam. Regi sits down.
                                                            
                       PAM
C'mon Reg! Let me invite him over
sometime, give you two a chance to
get to know eachother.
                                                            
                       REGI
And why would I want to do that?!
                                                            
                       PAM
Why are you so convinced he's a
bad guy?
                                                            
Regi grabs Pam's arm.
                                                            
                       REGI
      (pause)
I don't know....it's just a
feeling I get. He gives off a
major creep vibe.
                                                            
Pam takes a bite of egg.
                                                            
                       PAM
What if you're wrong?
                                                            
                       REGI
I hope I am wrong. Look, I'm just
looking out for you.
                                                            
Pam finishes her eggs and gives Regi a pat on the shoulder.
                                                            
                       PAM
I know you are Reg. But, you have
enough to worry about. I should
not be at the top of your list.
                                                            
                       REGI
But-
                                                            
                       PAM
      (smiles)
You've taught me well I can take
care of myself.
                                                            
Regi hesitates for a second then smiles. Pam wipes her face
off with a paper towel.
                                                            

3.

                       PAM
I gotta go get ready.
                                                            
Pam kisses Regi on the cheek then gets up and heads out of
the kitchen.
                                                            
 
INT. LEE'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
LEE 21 sits on his couch in his small but well furnished
apartment. He's wearing jeans and a blue, long sleeve
button-up shirt over a white t-shirt. He's watching an old
kung-fu movie on TV.
                                                            
                       LEE (vo)
      (snickers)
This must take place in a region
full of pussies. That little chick
wouldn't stand a chance if she was
up against real men.
                                                            
There's a knock at the door. Lee gets up and answers.
                                                            
                       LEE
Hey, babe.
                                                            
                       PAM
Hey.
                                                            
Pam is standing in the doorway looking great in short jean
shorts and a blue tank-top.
                                                            
                       LEE
You look great! I want to bang you
right hear!
                                                            
                       PAM
      (eyes him)
Uhh, thakns. Can I come in?
                                                            
                       LEE
Yeah.
                                                            
Pam walks through the door. Lee shuts the door then gestures
for her to sit on the couch.
She sits down then he sits next to her.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (eyes the TV)
Cool another kung-fu flick! I love
the ones with female leads.
                                                            

4.

                       LEE
They can be fun to watch even if
they are completely unbelievable.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (glances quickly
       at Lee)
What, you don't think a girl can
actually do that?
                                                            
                       LEE
Hell no! But at least they find
hot chicks to star in them.
                                                            
Pam glares at Lee but he's oblivious.
                                                            
                       LEE
So where were we? Oh, yeah.
                                                            
Lee grabs Pam's ass with one hand and wraps his other hand
around her back and draws her close. He starts making out
with her, she hesitates but kisses him back and smiles. He
runs his hands over her body and kisses her neck.
                                                            
                       PAM (vo)
Shit! He's really on fire
today!.........We can talk later.
                                                            
                                         30 MINUTES LATER
                                                            
The make-out session is still in full force. Lee now has one
hand on Pam's ass and one hand up her shirt.
                                                            
                       PAM
Um, Lee...not to be a buzz-kill
but we need to talk.
                                                            
                       LEE
      (Keeps kissing her)
We talk all the time babe.
                                                            
                       PAM
Well yeah about how much you dig
me, my body or about what movie
we're gonna watch but this is
really important.
                                                            
                       LEE
You always say it's REALLY
important but it never is.
                                                            

5.

                       PAM
      (irritated)
I'm serious, this is important.
                                                            
                       LEE
Dude, c'm-
                                                            
Pam shoves him back against the arm of the couch making a
loud thud. Lee is shocked.
                                                            
                       PAM
I.Need.To.Talk.TO YOU!
                                                            
Lee is irritated and throws his hands up.
                                                            
                       LEE
Dammit! Alright, lets talk.
                                                            
Pam smiles and crosses her legs.
                                                            
                       PAM
That's more like it.
                                                            
The kung-fu flick is still playing on TV. The heroine is
preparing for her final battle.
                                                            
                       LEE
So what's this about?
                                                            
                       PAM
Well I was talking to Reg this
morning-
                                                            
                       LEE
Who?
                                                            
                       PAM
      (pause)
Regina...MY sister.
                                                            
                       LEE
Oh yeah, that bitch.
                                                            
Pam scowls at Lee for a second.
                                                            
                       PAM
Anyway, we were talking over
breakfast and I got to thinkin,
you guys haven't really had a
chance to get to know each other
so why not all do something
together.
                                                            

6.

Lee grins from ear to ear.
                                                            
                       LEE
Hey, hey, threesome!
                                                            
                       PAM
Ugh! Please tell me you're joking.
                                                            
                       LEE
Uh, ye.....what?
                                                            
                       PAM
Dear God!
                                                            
                       LEE
Babe, it's a joke. I WAS kidding.
                                                            
Lee feels up her boob.
                                                            
                       LEE
I promise you that you are the
only member of your family that
I'll fuck.
                                                            
Pam catches Lee in the jaw with a left hook. He sprawls over
the arm of the couch. Pam gets up and storms towards the
door.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (mumbling)
Oh, God! Reg was right, she was
right.
                                                            
Dazed Lee groans and shakes his head. He drags himself over
the arm of the couch and heads out the door.
                                                            
SECOND FLOOR WALKWAY
                                                            
Lee chases after Pam.
                                                            
                       LEE
Get back here! I ain't through
with you, bitch!
                                                            
Lee catches up with Pam. He grabs her shoulder and turns her
around. Pam knees Lee in the balls.
                                                            
                       PAM
Fuck you!
                                                            
Pam turns around and heads for the stairs as Lee drops to
his knees.
                                                            

7.

                       LEE
Ffffffuuuuuuuuu.........
                                                            
Lee forces himself to his feet and heads for the stairs.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Pam bounds down the stairs and heads straight for her car. A
short time later Lee jogs down trying to catch up with her.
Pam is about twenty paces from her car, she starts fishing
for her keys. Pam pulls her keys out of her purse, this is
when Lee catches up to her and kicks the keys out of her
hand. The keys go flying.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (Grabs her hand)
Fuck! You asshole!
                                                            
                       LEE
We're not finnished here!
                                                            
                       PAM
Yes the hell we are!
                                                            
                       LEE
It's over when I say it's over you
fucking tramp!
                                                            
                       PAM
Have it your way.
                                                            
Pam kicks Lee in the balls. He drops to the pavement.
                                                            
                       PAM
Fucktard.
                                                            
Pam heads for the edge of the parking lot to look for her
keys in the grass. Lee runs up behind her and tackles her.
                                                            
                       LEE
I'm gonna tear you up!
                                                            
Pam grabs Lee by the hair and drags him off. She throws him
into a parked car.
                                                            
                       PAM
Aw, what's the matter, don't enjoy
getting your ass handed to you?
                                                            
The fight starts.
                                                            

8.

DOORSTEP
                                                            
JOHNY 8 is walking out the door of his apartment.
                                                            
                       JOHNY
Mom, I'm headed for the
playground!
                                                            
He walks off before he gets a response. He turns the corner
and sees ANNE also 8 standing there smiling. She's stairing
off across the parking lot.
                                                            
                       JOHNY
What are you doing?
                                                            
                       ANNE
Watching a fight.
                                                            
                       JOHNY
      (wide eyed)
Really?!
                                                            
Johny runs up beside her to watch.
                                                            
Lee is continuing to not fare well. He's getting tossed,
punched and kicked all over the parking lot. Anne loves it.
                                                            
                       ANNE
      (grinning ear to
       ear)
She's really letting him have it.
                                                            
                       JOHNY
She got lucky, he'll turn it
around.
                                                            
Anne laughs as Lee gets kicked in the balls and thrown into
a another car.
                                                            
                       JOHNY
Oh come on! You have to be a real
wussy loser to get beat up by a
girl!
                                                            
Anne snaps a look at Johny then nails him with a left cross
to the face. Johny toples uncounciously to the ground. Anne
goes back to enjoying the fight.
                                                            
PARKING LOT
                                                            
The fight continues.
                                                            

9.

                       PAM
      (mocking)
Are you atleast going to make me
break a sweat?
                                                            
Lee lets out a gutteral roar and charges again. He lands a
haymaker to Pam's face. This pisses her off.
She punches him several times in the stomach, hits him in
the face then nails him with a right hook to the face that
knocks him out.
                                                            
                       PAM
Bitch.
                                                            
Pam hears holloring and faint applause. She looks over to
see Anne chearing her on. Pam also sees Johny out cold on
the sidewalk. Pam waves at Anne who waves back.
                                                            
                       PAM
It's nice to have fans.
                                                            
Pam retrives her keys, gets in her car and drives off
leaving Lee laying in the parking lot.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
                                                            
TWO DAYS LATER
                                                            
Pam parks her car then gets out and heads towards the
building. She's wearing jean shorts and a yellow t-shirt.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Hi!
                                                            
Pam looks over and sees Anne over in the field. Johny is
with her sporting a massive shiner.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (waves)
Hello.
                                                            
                       ANNE
Gonna be handing out anymore
beat-downs?
                                                            
                       PAM
      (giggles)
We'll see.
                                                            
Johny shoves Anne. she responds with a back-fist that drops
him instantly. Pam clamps a hand over her mouth both shocked
and slightly amused.
                                                            

10.

                       PAM
      (smiles)
That girl doesn't fuck around, I
like her.
                                                            
Pam heads up the stairs.
                                                            
 
INT. LEE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
                                                            
There's a knock on the door. Lee, wearing his usual jeans
and long-sleeved buttoned shirt, drags himself off the
couch.
                                                            
                       LEE
Who is it?
                                                            
He gets a knock in response.
                                                            
                       LEE
Shit.
                                                            
Lee opens the door and sees Pam. She looks him over,
admiring her handy-work.
                                                            
                       LEE
Oh, feeling brave, huh? Already
back for round two?
                                                            
                       PAM
Not really what I had in mind but
if your game....
                                                            
                       LEE
I'm feeling generous today so I'll
let you off the hook for now.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (sarcastic)
Yeah, keep telling yourself that.
                                                            
Pam walks into the apartment.
                                                            
                       LEE
Did I say you could come in?
                                                            
                       PAM
      (faces Lee)
Funny, you're usually trying to
get me in here as fast as
possible.
                                                            

11.

                       PAM
      (pause)
Look the other day was a heated
moment. We said and did some
things we're not proud of. Well, I
did something I'm proud of.
                                                            
                       LEE
      (sarcastic)
hahaha
                                                            
                       PAM
You had me convinced you were a
great guy. Reg kept telling me you
weren't but I didn't believe it.
Then you pulled that shit the
other day.
                                                            
                       LEE
Wait, Regi knows about this?
                                                            
                       PAM
Yeah, she quiet enjoyed it.
                                                            
                       LEE
Awwww!
                                                            
She steps up closer to him.
                                                            
                       PAM
      (pause)
Well I didn't enjoy it. I honestly
thought we would make a great duo.
                                                            
                       LEE
No, we can be a great duo. Give me
another chance, please.
                                                            
                       PAM
Why should I?
                                                            
                       LEE
C'mon babe, don't make me say it.
                                                            
                       PAM
Say what?
                                                            
                       LEE
You are the most awesome chick
I've ever had my ass kicked by.
                                                            

12.

                       PAM
Uh...huh....Thanks, Lee.....I
think.
                                                            
Lee steps forward to hug her but she turns away.
                                                            
                       LEE
Look, baby, we can make this work.
Come on, one more chance.
                                                            
                       PAM
You've got it.
                                                            
Lee cheers.
                                                            
                       PAM
But you have to promise me you
never act like that again.
                                                            
                       LEE
I won't.
                                                            
                       PAM
Good, you know what's happen if
you do?
                                                            
                       LEE
What?
                                                            
                       PAM
This.
                                                            
Pam spins around with a huge roundhouse punch to Lee's jaw.
He flies across the room and crashes into the wall and
slumps in the corner.
                                                            
Pam walks over to Lee and bends over so that she is right in
his face.
                                                            
                       PAM
Have I made myself clear? Good.
                                                            
Pam leaves.
                                                            


THE END


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From SRINIVASAN R Date 5/25/2010 1/2
Is Lee a coward? Though PAM depicted in lead role, it is hard to belive Lee is inert to respond PAM's provoking activities.

From Richard Date 4/18/2010 1/2
Pam's dialogue is really awful. Her over the top confidence is not enjoyable at all because it is so ridiculous and manipulative. What's so lame is that your female empowerment message is not even close to believable.

From Joe S Date 4/11/2010 *
Domestic violence rarely makes the basis of a good screenplay.


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