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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 ‘O’ movie I watched The Object of My Affection which I hadn’t planned but it worked out that both my ‘O’ and ‘N’ movies revolved around the same plot hook…if you want to call it that. There’s the sweet gay bff and the lost girl who has confused romantic feelings towards him, and the struggle and conflict and drama that blows up from that hook.
Chop, chop, chop!
Inciting incident: Nina and George meet at Nina’s stepsister’s dinner party. They hit it off – in a platonic way, and when George learns his current bf wants to call it quits and expects him to move out of his apartment, George moves in with Nina as she’s looking for a roommate.
End of the beginning: Nina and George connect personally and decide to take their roommate-level relationship to the next level, friendship (through community sponsored dance classes).
Pinch point #1: Nina and George are dancing more and more often, and spending more and more time together. George is healing from the emotional trauma of his ex-bf, and Nina is able to confide in George about her pushy older stepsister as well as Nina’s bossy boyfriend, Vince. All is well until Nina finds out she’s pregnant with Vince’s baby and she asks George to be the ‘father’ and they can raise her baby together minus Vince. George isn’t having any of it. It freaks him out. But they decide to keep it under wraps until George figures out what he really wants to do.
Midpoint: During a family get-together, Nina’s family and Vince find out that she’s pregnant and Vince whisks her off to his apartment, being more bossy than usual. Soon George misses Nina – he hasn’t seen her for a week, abandoned as he is in her Brooklyn apartment while Vince takes her wherever he lives (I think it was Manhattan). On a walk home George spies a father and son playing ball, and he starts to yearn for a relationship like that. When they see each other again at another of her stepsister’s social soirees, Nina rants about Vince’s pushiness and George admits he’d like to take her up on her offer about raising her baby together minus Vince. Vince overhears and he blows up, but he decides to walk away from Nina and George minus the baby.
Pinch point #2: Nina and George start their new life together. She’s growing bigger and bigger, and they’re baby shopping and still dancing, etc. But Nina is falling for George and George is…well, sorta blah about it all. When George’s ex-bf calls to invite him to join him at a conference-thing at their alma mater, George tells Nina and she covers her unhappiness. Actually they were just about to have sex when the ex calls. George decides to go as it times with Nina’s stepsister’s family vacation in the Hamptons. Nina wanted to go with George but she lets him go with the ex. George actually meets some other guy down at the uni and he has a one-night stand while Nina waits in the Hamptons freaking out that he isn’t calling regularly. Eventually she convinces George to come home early to Brooklyn and they meet each other there as she takes the bus/Jitney back and George trains home. Nina also gets mugged on the way home (her purse is stolen) and the officer who helps her, Louis, is clearly interested in her.
Crisis: George has met someone, Paul and Paul’s sorta-lover, Professor Rodney Something. Anyways, George and Paul are falling in love, and Paul – who’s younger – wants George to figure out where he stands with Nina and her baby. Nina sees that her loving George is unhealthy for both of them, not to mention putting a toll on them. Nina eventually breaks down at George’s brother’s wedding, and she confronts George: he chooses Paul and Nina realizes she has to move on and figure out how she’ll raise her baby.
Climax: Nina ends up coming across officer Louis again with his niece and nephew, and Nina reconnects with Vince, her baby daddy. She lets Paul and George go, and when she has the baby she asks for George to move out before she gets home from the hospital. Vince signs the birth certificate, and Louis knows about her weird situation. It’s Rodney who gives her the perspective of being alone and older, and he tells her to watch out and not be like him: he’s already ‘lost’ Paul to George, but he’s amiable and continues to be friends with Paul and George and Nina. The theme would be “to catch and release if you truly love”, or as Rodney puts it sometimes the object of your affection just doesn’t feel the same and it’s time to suck up and take reality head on.
Resolution: Fast forward five years or so into the future and in the end Molly, Nina’s daughter, is surrounded by a whole blended family (i.e. Rodney, Paul and George, Louis – who is now dating Nina, and Nina’s stepsister and her family). George is now Uncle George and he and Nina are stronger best friends for all their up-and-down roller coaster of adventure.