Valarie Phillips screenplay – Talent Agent | Script and Continuity Department | Additional Crew,
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Valarie Phillips screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Valarie Phillips’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 Valarie Phillips 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 Valarie Phillips 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.
About Valarie Phillips’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, Valarie Phillips 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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Story revolves around an important event for protagonist (life-altering)
Protagonist internal conflict presented when introduced
Valarie Phillips – Protagonist provided a physical and personality trait upon introduction
Protagonist has a memorable introduction
INCITING INCIDENT CALL TO ADVENTURE: Enter a new client, the phony Mrs. Mulwray. She thinks her husbands having an affair; she wants to hire Jake to find out.
Valarie Phillips – Another important PLANT here: Curly is a fisherman and mentions albacore, which will be a clue. [3:45]
PLANT: Curly cant pay the whole bill and Jake says he can owe him. Superb example of hiding a plant: this moment is played as a throwaway; in the moment Jake just looks like a good guy, and in fact he kind of is, but this set up will be hugely important later, and when it comes back, its a big twist and Aha! moment.
Also about the blinds: you may think Im being OCD about this, but a central image of this film is sight, and seeing: various ways of seeing, various devices to see. There are shots through binoculars, eyeglasses are vital clues, sunglasses and glasses get broken, we see shots in mirrors and film lenses. And then of course, theres the eye image: damage to eyes, flaws in eyes, the staring eye of the fish. Jake sees things wrong. In many ways, he is blind. I dont think its an accident that one of the first words Jake says in the movie is blinds, and that one of the first shots and business is about window blinds.
by: Valarie Phillips – Talent Agent | Script and Continuity Department | Additional Crew,