May 14, 2021

Joshua Malina screenplay subject of prison petition

Joshua Malina screenplay – Actor | Producer | Writer, A Few Good Men (1992) | In the Line of Fire (1993) | The American President (1995)


Joshua Malina screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Joshua Malina’s “Dumbass”

Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?

19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Joshua Malina and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Joshua Malina production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.

PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.

SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.

It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.

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About Joshua Malina’s “Dumbass” Movie

The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Joshua Malina and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.

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Dialogue subtext can also be used to enhance the genre’s emotional core. If the script’s a horror, does the dialogue evoke fear? If it’s a comedy, is the dialogue filled with funny moments? If it’s a romantic comedy, does the dialogue hint, via subtext, at love?

Creating underlying meaning and have characters speak in a way that reveals what is not being said is the way to involve the audience in the story and most importantly, to create emotions. When someone is really saying they don’t like us without saying it directly, it hurts! When the character hurts, the audience hurts. Audiences want to share emotions with the characters, especially the hero.

Joshua Malina – Dialogue Subtext Creates Emotion

Her dialogue and gestures are obvious – she doesn’t care. But what does his subtext say? It says, “When the hell are you going to get off your lazy butt and mop the darn floor?” He never says this, but it’s obvious what he’s trying to say. That’s subtext! Apply it to screenplay writing and the writer will look like a pro.


Joshua Malina – What does the hero/ine say s/he wants? Or what do we sense that s/he wants, even if s/he doesn’t say it or seem to be aware of it? Is what s/he says s/he wants different from what we think she needs? How does what s/he thinks s/he wants turn out to be wrong? When does s/he realize that?


How do we know this is the main character? Why do we like him or her? Why do we relate to him or her? What is the moment that we start rooting for this person? Why do we care?

by: Joshua Malina – Actor | Producer | Writer, A Few Good Men (1992) | In the Line of Fire (1993) | The American President (1995)