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NOTE: Changes are happening! I’m no longer filtering these movies through the W-story structure, because it’s too rigid. Instead I’ll be using Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet. BUT if you liked Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method, you can find info all about it here.
Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.
Also SPOILER WARNING.
For my ‘L’ movie I decided to go with my life story…nah, I’m kidding. I don’t have a crazy life. Pretty boring person actually. However I connected with Kiera Knightley’s character in Laggies – the whole not-being-sure-of-what-I-want-to-do-with-my-life. *deep breath*
Let’s break it down then:
Inciting incident: At her girlfriend’s bachelor(ette) party, faces the last ten years of not having done much with her life: her procrastinating boyfriend finally decides to propose, her best friends are losing respect for her because of her jobless status, and her mom hates that her father is enabling her.
End of the beginning: Megan catches her dad cheating, and she has decided to skip her friend’s wedding and hang out with teens.
Pinch point #1: She acts stupid with vandalism (one of the teens teepees his own house to get back at his cheating scumbag of a dad) and drinking, and she connects with these kids. She connects with Annika especially, a young girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her father. Megan accepts her boyfriend’s proposal, but she stalls his idea of an elopement the next day to go to the career development week-long conference she’s been eschewing for months. And she confronts her dad about his cheating on his 30-year marital vows. Megan decides to crash at Annika’s for a week to avoid the career dev. thing. Megan goes to a high school party with Annika, and remembers her high school years and how she floated around. When they come home late from partying, Annika’s father finds out that she’s actually a 28-year-old life floater (jobless, not a student and doing no sort of training for a job or a school program).
Midpoint: Megan and Annika’s father, Craig connect and he lets her stay in the guest room.
Pinch point #2: Megan lies to her fiance about her whereabouts. She figures she can take her life at her own pace instead of following what society and her family and friends expect of her. Annika really likes Megan and she sees her as a role model, and that’s why she asks Megan to take her to see her estranged mom. Megan’s friend (the one who got married earlier in the movie) catches Megan in town and she promises not to tell Megan’s fiance. Craig and Megan go out drinking together, and they kiss and that leads to bam-chicka-wow-wow in his home office. She loves him, but she’s confused because she’s expected to go back home after her short ‘vacation’ (more like a secret staycation). Annika and Megan are on their way out to shop for her prom dress, but Annika catches Megan and her dad making out. Surprisingly she’s not pissed off. She likes Megan and she gives her her blessing.
Crisis: Out shopping, the girls are having fun until Annika finds Megan’s engagement ring in her purse and Megan fesses up about her status. Annika is angry and dispirited on her dad’s behalf (the ‘old’ man hasn’t dated anyone seriously since his ex-wife walked out on him and his daughter). On the way home, the group gets into a car accident because of Annika’s drunk friend. Megan decides to take the fall for Annika’s drunk friend, and she gets arrested. When Craig comes to spring her from jail she unloads the secret of her fiance on him, as well as driving Annika to see his ex-wife. Craig is obviously heartbroken (black moment).
Climax: Megan heads home to go through with the elopement. She thinks she’s ready until it dawns on her that she’s only marrying her high school sweetheart because everyone expects them to get married, and though she loves her friends and family she can’t stay with them and live life because they expect that from her.
Resolution: Megan ditches her wedding trip and heads to Annika’s prom, where she pep talks the younger girl to seizing the day/moment (carpe diem) and enjoying her prom to the fullest. Megan goes to Annika’s home to ask Craig for a second chance. Craig accepts and it’s happily ever now.
Do you find yourself floating around? Or are you on the path to doing exactly what you want?