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Don’t You Forget About Me- Scene Two “There Was an Uncle Buck Soundtrack?”

Back again with scene two. I hope you still like me. I have brownies laced with weed! No, I don’t. I will never make it in Hollywood.

Are you new here? Head to last week’s post to read scene one.

I added a graphic!! SOMEBODY STOP ME.

 

John Hughes, screenplay,

 

 

Scene Two- “There Was an Uncle Buck Soundtrack?”

Katherine, her husband, and their two children get into their minivan to head to a birthday party being held at Regina’s house. They turn on the radio to hear the disc jockey say that today is John Hughes death anniversary (August 6th). Katherine and her husband both look at each other at exactly the same time wide-eyed.  After a short drive, they pull up to Regina’s house, in suburban Chicago at dusk. A small gathering of friends is at Regina’s to celebrate her birthday and the bulk of the guests are making small talk while standing in the kitchen when Kate and her family arrive. 

Katherine (to everyone in the kitchen)- You would not believe the dream I had before coming here. On John Hughes’ death day, no less. (bows her head in reverence)

Regina (to Katherine)- Seriously weird and morbid that you know today is his death day.

Valerie (to Katherine)- Was it a wet dream?

Katherine (to Valerie)- Eww, no!

Katherine ponders 

Katherine- At least I don’t think it was.

Regina (to Katherine)- Oh my God, it’s my birthday…..

Valerie (to Regina)-  What? I lost my virginity to the Uncle Buck soundtrack.

Katherine (to Valerie)- Of all soundtracks? Really?

Valerie (to Katherine) – You don’t plan those kinds of things, Kate.

Katherine’s husband (to Valerie)- There was an Uncle Buck soundtrack?

Valerie (to Katherine’s husband)- Oddly yes, lots and lots of accordions. I should know because…..

Regina- WE GOT IT.

Random Female friend- Speaking of John Hughes, did you hear about that guy finding a script for The Breakfast Club in a desk drawer at Maine Township High School?

Katherine- See? THAT is a travesty.

Katherine’s husband (deadpan)- It really is. Regina, where’s the beer?

Katherine (to the room)- I’m serious! We need to do something about that.

Regina (to Katherine)- Hmm, you mean like creating a building full of creepy shit from his movies and calling it a museum?

Valerie’s husband (to Katherine) – That reminds me, what IS going on with your John Hughes museum, Kate? Is it still in the planning stages or……

 

Everyone in the room laughs 

 

Katherine (to the room)- Yeah laugh now but when I get a hold of Judd Nelson via his agent, WHO WILL BE LAUGHING THEN? HUH?

Regina (to Katherine)- I’m sorry, what did you just say?

Katherine (to Regina)- I have his agent’s number somewhere in my purse. Or in the car. Or maybe on my nightstand.

Valerie (laughing)- You get right on that! Meanwhile, I’m gonna call my stockbroker in Switzerland! (pretending to dial her cell phone)

Regina (to Valerie)- I think you mean Swiss Bank account, Val.

Valerie (to Regina)- You got one of them too?

Katherine (to the room)- What exactly do we even need to start a museum?

Valerie (to Katherine)- Well, money.

Katherine (to Valerie)- And?

Regina (to Katherine)- More money?

Katherine (to Regina)- Ooh! What about one of those Kickstarter things?

Valerie (to Regina)- Isn’t that where people who don’t want to get a job ask other people who do have jobs to pay their bills?

Regina (to Valerie)- You’re thinking of Go Fund Me.

 

Katherine is rummaging through her purse, throwing stuff all over, in search of Judd Nelson’s agent’s phone number

 

Katherine- Aha! I found it! Aww man, the last two digits are smudged!

Valerie’s husband (to Katherine)- You aren’t actually thinking of calling?

Regina (to Katherine)- Who even gave you that number anyway?

Katherine (to Regina)- Industry insider I met at a blogging conference. So it’s TOTALLY legit.

Katherine’s husband (to Katherine)- So say it really IS Judd Nelson’s agent and say you even get the chance to talk to Judd himself. Then what?

Katherine (to her husband)- Convince him to donate his wad to support the museum, duh.

Valerie (to Katherine)- His wad might not be as impressive as you think, Kate.

Everyone looks at Valerie

Valerie (looking at everyone)- What? Did I fart? Again?

Regina (to Katherine)- What on Earth would possess Judd Nelson to be a part of that?

Random female friend (to Regina)- Hats! Museums always have cool as FUCK gift shop hats! AND keychains! Oh man, think of the awesome key chains a John Hughes museum would have!

Katherine (to Regina)- I’m hoping to appeal to Mr. Nelson’s sense of nostalgia by bringing him back to Chicago.

Regina (to Katherine)- Oh sure.

Katherine (to Regina)- That and I’ll wear my Wonderbra, a low-cut shirt, and my hooker boots.

Random female friend (to the room)- We could have Pretty in Pink beer cozies!! John Hughes glasses! Not like, shot glasses but real glasses to make you look like him! Or no, wait! Duckie’s shoes!! WAIT! RUBBER FUCKIN’ DUCKIE DUCKIES!!!

Katherine’s husband (to Katherine)- When you said “bring him back to Chicago”, you meant figuratively. Right?

Random female friend (to Katherine)- Can I PLEASE work in the gift shop?

 

Now is the fun part, you get to be my editor! I want this to be collective. Is there a part that didn’t mesh well? Would you have liked something else said? What about the ending? I was toying with another line instead. Would you want to hear both versions? Let me know in the comments!

 

I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.

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