Boys Like That By Sophie ProopsCharlie Lahyani c/o hampstead fine arts
INT. SCREENFLOW. NIGHTWe see a computer screen with a chat room. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) Every girl is destined to find her Romeo. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL You sound too good to be true :). MADDIE (VOICEOVER) You should be comfortable with yourself and be willing to tackle any obstacles that come in your way. FOOTBALL_BOY I wish I cud act like this infront of my friends I feel so natural when I’m tlkin 2 u. I wana meet u :) MADDIE (VOICEOVER) But it’s easier to sit behind the comfort of your own laptop. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL I don’t know. FOOTBALL_BOY y? MADDIE (VOICEOVER) When people can’t see you they can’t judge you. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL I’m not your typical girl. FOOTBALL_BOY And thats wat i like bout u :) MADDIE (VOICEOVER) But beggars can’t be choosers. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL Well I guess we could.. FOOTBALL_BOY I’ll meet u at the park off (road) 2moro at 5? (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) And I’m begging. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL Can’t wait :DEXT. COURTYARD AT SCHOOL. DAYThe screen is black. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) Come to think of it, I could wait a bit longer.We see Maddie walking through the school gates holding herbooks. She looks smart, relaxed, geeky and a bit oblivious.She looks at her phone and we see her background is her dog.She’s still walking and just entering the courtyard."Popular" girls laugh at her. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) But atleast I’m not a stuck up bitch.Turns, looks and awkwardly smiles at one of the "popular"girls. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) Everyone at school just follows the crowd, but online you can be true to yourself, as Steve Jobs would say it’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.Aden walks straight into her and she drops all her books.He’s good looking, dressed cool and is surrounded by hisfriend. He has a guilty look in his face when he knocks herdown and they make eye contact in which we see his guilt.Shepicks up her books. MADDIE Charming.She carries on walking and goes inside.
3.INT. CLASSROOM. DAYShe sits down and we see time pass through a montage ofquick editing (shot of her writing, shot of her eating, shotof her writing, shot of her answering a question, writingmore, school bell rings). We hear a bell sound and time goesback to normal speed. MADDIE Here goes.EXT. COURTYARD AT SCHOOL. DAYShe gets up and leaves we follow her out the gate. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) I just hope he’s not a murderer.EXT. OUTSIDE MEETING POINT. DAYShe looks at road sign, looks at her phone background and atthe picture of her dog. MADDIE Wish me luck.EXT. MEETING POINT. DAYAden sitting on bench waiting. He’s looking nervous, keeplooking at his watch, around him and is fidgeting.EXT. OUTSIDE MEETING POINT. DAYMaddie takes a breath and walks around the corner to seeAden sitting there. She whips back around the corner andslams herself onto the wall. She breathes and walks past. MADDIE: Oh my god oh my god my god.As she walks past we see Adens anticipation because hethinks it’s going to be the girl from his chatroom. When themystery girl (Maddie) keeps on walking he sighs.
4.INT. MADDIE’S ROOM. NIGHTMaddie storms into her room. We see her dog sitting on herbed waiting for her which shows how close they are. Her roomis quirky and geeky. MADDIE You wont believe what just happened ruby! You know I went to meet him and turned out it was that idiot Aden from school.We hear a pop up on her computer. FOOTBALL_BOY Where wer u 2day? Was that you? MADDIE What should I do!? FOOTBALL_BOY U sed that ud meet me.. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL Sorry I got held up. FOOTBALL_BOY I could of really done with seeing u, I had the worst day.. My friends pressured me in2 tripping up this girl at my skl. It’s not fair cos i’ve heard shes rly nice but she jst looks a bit weird.. I wish i was big enough 2 say sorryWe see Maddies face looks shocked. MADDIE Ruby! What should I do?Ruby runs and sits on Maddies magazine on a make oversection. Maddie looks and smiles cunningly. MADDIE Ruby your a genius.She leans over and kisses her. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL Sorry I got held up, same time same place tomorrow.Looks at herself in the mirror with a prepared expression.Looks at her watch. (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5. MADDIE Shit.She runs out her room and then we see her run back inholding a full boots bag. She puts it down and we see thereis make up inside.INT. MADDIE’S ROOM. DAY.Alarm clock goes off Maddie smacks it off. Make oversequence. We see her put contact lenses in, pierces hernose, fake tans, straightens her hair (badly), puts fakeeyelashes on, make up and change of clothes and puts on highheels. We don’t see her whole body for the whole sequence.EXT. MEETING POINT. DAYWe see Aden sitting there waiting again, Maddie’s body comesinto frame. Aden stands up and they start walking towardseach other. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) Oh my ADEN (VOICEOVER) God MADDIE (VOICEOVER) I can’t believeThey get close and stop infront of each other. ADEN It’s you.We see her beautiful new self. She looks at him andawkwardly smiles. MADDIE Surprise. ADEN Maddie, you look so wow.. your hair’s so wow.. and your clothes are so wow. MADDIE Lets go for a walk and you can find some more adjectives.They walk off.
6.INT. MADDIE’S ROOM NIGHTMaddie runs into her rooms really happily. She lies down onher bed and takes a huge breath with a massive grin on herface. We hear her get a text message. She looks at herphone. ADEN (TEXT MESSAGE) Hey I had a really great day today lets hang out again soon.MONTAGE SEQUENCE.We see there relationship grow by dating in differentplaces. We see them in coffee shops, restaurants, bedrooms,cinema, and park. From the park the montage stops and goesto normal time.EXT. PARK. DAY.We see them lying in the grass holding hands. MADDIE Your so different to how I always thought you were.Aden looks at her and smiles and gives her a kiss. He’slying on his side and we see his friends in the distance,they see him but don’t see Maddie. FRIEND 1 (shouts) Oi Aden you wana come play football?Aden sits up quickly. ADEN Shit hide. MADDIE What? ADEN Hide! MADDIE Why, are you embarrased of me? (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 7. ADEN No it’s just that.. MADDIE You know what I take that back you haven’t changed at all.She gets up and leaves in a mood, at first she’s angry butit turns to sadness. FRIEND 2 Who was that?Aden sighs and walks off in other direction. Friends lookconfused.EXT. STREET. DAY.Maddie’s running home looking really upset. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) What was I thinking, I always knew he was an arsehole. Boys like that never go for girls like me.INT. MADDIE’S ROOM. DAY.Jumps onto her bed crying, goes to her mirror and takesmakeup off.EXT. COURTYARD AT SCHOOL. DAY2 weeks later. We see Maddie walking through the schoolgates holding her books (exactly like the beginning). Peopleare staring at her. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) Back to square one. Everyone still stares at me but not because I’m the weird girl who’s best friends with her dog, but because I broke the heart of the most popular boy in school.She walks past his friends, they stare at each other butdon’t trip her up. MADDIE (VOICEOVER) At least one things changed.
8.INT. MADDIE’S ROOM. NIGHT.She’s on her computer. Her doorbell rings and she runsdownstairs opens the door and sees a no one there, just apacket of bubblegum on the floor with a post it note on topof it saying "still rememeber your favourite flavour". Shepicks it up goes back upstairs and sits at her computer. FOOTBALL_BOY I rly miss u Maddie.She ignores it. FOOTBALL_BOY I’m an idiot any boy wud b lucky 2 have u :(She takes a deep breath, looks at ruby who encourages her,looks back at the computer. BUBBLEGUM_GIRL Same time same place. But don’t think I’ve forgiven you, we need to talk.EXT. MEETING POINT. DAY.Aden’s sitting there quietly, looks sad. We see Maddiedressed as her old self walking up to him she sits down nextto him. ADEN I’m sorry Maddie, I was an idiot, all this time I’ve been trying to be some one I’m not and I lost the best thing I ever had as a result. MADDIE What was that? ADEN You.. MADDIE Well how can I trust you Aden, you embarrassed me. ADEN I’ll make it up to you. (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 9. MADDIE Prove it.Aden puts out his hand for her to hold it.EXT. COURTYARD AT SCHOOL. DAYWe see them walking through the gates of school hand inhand. Fade to black.