The Overton Window – The Screenplay

Over at Videogum, Joe Mande was given the job of reviewing Glenn Beck’s new ripped-from-the-mind-of-a-paranoid-teabagger political thriller The Overton Window. Only he didn’t. Review it, that is. Instead, he . . . well, I’ll let him tell you.

What I’m trying to say is, I’ve spent the last week of my life adapting Glenn Beck’s book into a screenplay. For you guys. And it’s almost killed me. The screenplay might be a little bit of a commitment to read, but I hope you do it. I spent way too much time on this thing, reading and re-reading chapter after chapter of Glenn Beck’s barf-inducing writing, trying to get the tone just right. Now, obviously, I took some creative liberties with the story. Some of the scenes were shortened and some characters were removed. But, all in all, this is The Overton Window. I’d say 85-90% of the dialogue is extracted right from the book itself. And the plot is the plot. I did my very best to get everything out of The Overton Window so you don’t have to read The Overton Window. Instead, all you have to so is read my screenplay, The Overton Window!

The movie stars Stephen Baldwin and even has a cameo by Bobby Jindal!
Read the entire thing here.

Here’s my favorite scene:

INT. STARS N’ STRIPES – CONTINUOUS
Noah walks into a small country-western bar in TriBeCa (which seems like a thing that exists). The place is full of tea party patriots. It’s a diverse group, a cross-section of America: white, black, rich, poor. (Not the stereotypical depiction you see on the lame-stream media.) Noah spots Molly at the bar and walks towards her.

MOLLY
Well, well, well. Look what the cat dragged in.

NOAH
Told you I would make it.

MOLLY
Want a beer?

NOAH
Sure. For some reason I have a sudden craving for a Samuel Adams.

Molly rolls her eyes. She’s heard that one before.

DANNY BAILEY (played by Steven Baldwin) approaches the bar. He’s a wild man, an outspoken critic of the government, and a bona fide Youtube celebrity. He gives Molly a hug, then eyes Noah with contempt.

DANNY
So, you must be Noah. Molly’s told me almost nothing about you.

NOAH
That wouldn’t surprise me. And who might you be?

DANNY
Who am I? Are you serious?

MOLLY
Noah, this is Danny Bailey!

DANNY
Don’t tell me you haven’t seen the video.

NOAH
What video?

DANNY
“Overthrow,” man. It’s only got about 35 million hits on Youtube! It’s going to bring down the entire frickin’ evil empire, dude! There are emails about me flying all over the internet.

NOAH
Hmm, I guess I have a really good spam filter.

DANNY
What did you say to me?

Danny gets right in Noah’s face, ready to fight.

MOLLY
Down, boys!

DANNY
You’re lucky I have to go make a speech right now.

NOAH
Yeah. Real lucky.

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