May 18, 2021

Yara Shahidi screenplay subject of prison petition

Yara Shahidi screenplay – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Salt (2010) | Black-ish (2014-2020) | Alex Cross (2012)


Yara Shahidi screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Yara Shahidi’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 Yara Shahidi 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 Yara Shahidi 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 Yara Shahidi’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, Yara Shahidi 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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#1 Because you’re the screenwriter and frankly you’re too close to the material. You need outside opinions.

When a screenwriter finishes a script it’s like a hot potato; they can’t wait to get it out of their hands. Some will argue their script is a timely idea and can’t wait because it’s a hit movie in the making. If it’s so great it can wait forever and someone will still buy it, so slow down. Why?

Yara Shahidi – A screenwriter contacted me asking for an expedited review because a producer had requested his script. Why would a screenwriter who wants to be considered a professional market a script before it’s been reviewed? This is career suicide.


[1.07] Jake is driving through the Valley; we see “Sold’ signs and “No Trespassing” again as he drives into an orange grove. Out of nowhere Jake is shot at, then chased by two farm hands – a big action scene with flying geese and a car crash, water spewing from the radiator. The farm hands drag Jake out of the car and beat him. One of Jake’s sunglasses lenses is broken (more Oedipus), and one of the farmhands is on a crutch (even more Oedipus — recalling Tiresias on his crutch). The grove owner calls off his sons (or hands) and wants to know if Jake is with the water department or the real estate office. Jake says he’s there to find out if the water department has been irrigating the grove owner’s crops, and the outraged grove owner says it’s the opposite: thugs have been blowing up his water supply and poisoning his wells. Jake gets into another scuffle with the farmhands and is knocked unconscious. The screen goes black along with his vision, a visual curtain on the MIDPOINT CLIMAX.

Yara Shahidi – The scene also yields a major CLUE: Most of the land in the Valley has been sold off in the last few weeks.

Another complete location change. Jake goes to the Hall of Records to look up the most recent sales transactions in the Valley. This scene could easily have been the dullest in the film; instead it’s one of the most-often referenced because of the wonderful Guardian at the Gate character of the young clerk, who is snippily outraged at Jake’s every request. Just that little bit of conflict makes the scene come alive, and the bit of business with Jake stealing the page he wants from the book by using the clerk’s own ruler to tear the page (covering the sound with a cough), makes us laugh. Jake WINS in this scene, and it gives us the illusion that he’s going to win in the end.

Jake ends the scene by saying that he’s going to go visit some orange groves. (This is a useful technique for clarity: have the detective tell the audience what he’s going to do next to make it easier for the audience to follow along. Also, it’s probably not a good idea to tell Cross anything about what he’s doing, so that induces unease.)

by: Yara Shahidi – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Salt (2010) | Black-ish (2014-2020) | Alex Cross (2012)