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Friday, November 25, 2005

Movie Idea

Houston, we have feedback. Unlike Sally Field, you don’t like me. So, less political this time. I have a movie idea. This is the premise.

A family (Mom, Dad, small kid) are playing with some toy. Just some cheap plastic thing. The Dad cannot figure out how they make the toy, so cheaply. (this part is based on my reality, so picture this toy

He becomes obsessed (OK, where we diverge from my autobiography). His wife just kind of ignores it, but he’s crazed. He asks all his friends, etc. He calls the toy makers, but no one knows. They make it in China somewhere. Everyone has theories – special machines, robots, child slave labor.

After a while, things seem to get back to normal. But Dad is a little funny – disaffected. But then the family goes on vacation – to China. The Dad has worked it out that they are going to the town where they make the toy, so he can visit the factory. But he doesn’t tell his family that is why they are going to China.

Once in China, the wife finds out that the vacation was all part of the obsession and leaves – taking the kid. So Dad goes to the factory and meets the guy who makes this toy. There he has this spiritual connection with the toymaker. It turns out the toy is made by a machine and this guy just pulls some handle all day. Dad spends some time with him and realizes that they are so similar. We’ll make Dad an accountant. Maybe the toy guy is, in fact, prison labor. Not sure if he is a mass murderer or a political dissident. I don’t really have the ending. The idea is this obsession that turns into self discovery. Depending on my mood it is really depressing – he discovers that all there is is making cheap plastic crap or that he has an awakening to a deeper meaning of life.

2 Comments:

Blogger Vanilla Bullshit said...

You really need to read a Confederacy of Dunces, seriously. It will scratch an itch.

1:20 PM  
Blogger TubaOnFire said...

You might want to get some lotion for that.

8:50 AM  

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