Elmo by Frankie Gaddo | Script Revolution


An anomalous young adult figuring out his life finds it thrown into further chaos when his parents give him a fervent dog for his birthday.



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NARDY, mid 20's, arrives home after a morning out and runs into a surprise birthday party thrown for him by his parents. All the guests are his parent's friends, GEORGE, mid 50's, his overbearing neighbor, being one of them. Nardy's parents surprise Nardy further by giving him a fervent grown standard poodle for his birthday. After Nardy neglects the gift and complains, his parents tell him when his aunt returns from vacation, she'll take the dog off his hands.

The dog trashes Nardy's bedroom, so his parents pressure him to take him for a walk. The dog aggressively pulls him through his suburb neighborhood. In the park, Nardy runs into NATALIE, mid 20's, with a Pomeranian dog. Nardy pretends to take pride in his dog and to be a dog lover which allows him to hit it off with Natalie. Nardy's aunt returns home, and Nardy makes up an excuse to keep the dog, needing him to get closer to Natalie, and warming up to him as well. He also names the dog Elmo. Nardy grows closer to Natalie over several dates. She entrusts him to look after her dog for the night while she attends to an overnight emergency out of town. Nardy, annoyed by Elmo and her dog, puts them in the pouring rain for the night, which causes them to get sick. When Natalie returns, she catches on to this, punches Nardy in the face, and breaks off communication with him. Nardy also gets fired from his mailman job for poor performance. He blames Elmo for everything going wrong in his life and leaves him in the backyard for the night. The next day Elmo is missing so he tries to track him down.

Nardy finds out his neighbor George kidnapped Elmo and has imprisoned him at the town junkyard where he works. Nardy convinces Natalie to forgive him and help get Elmo back. He confronts George at the junkyard where he finds Elmo locked in a cage. George vents his frustration to Nardy for not wanting to start the lawn ornament business with him while threatening Nardy's life with construction machinery. After a struggle, Nardy gets to Elmo and apologizes to him which wins back his trust. Cops arrive on the scene and arrest George. Things go back to normal, except Nardy is more mature, with Natalie, and sets plans to pursue his passion for art illustration when he receives a letter of acceptance to a prestigious art school.

Submitted: March 28, 2019
Last Updated: March 28, 2019

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The Writer: Frankie Gaddo

Frankie is a screenwriter and filmmaker who to date has written eleven feature length screenplays, mostly comedies. Recently he shot his first feature titled Orangutan. It's been selected for numerous festivals and can be streamed on ChiTV via Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire devices in the U.S. and its available territories. His recent short "Oliver's Bowl" had its world premiere at tiff Bell Lightbox in June 2016 for icff as well as played in other theaters. His shorts have been covered in Hollywood North Magazine and been praised for carrying a high level of cinematic value and narrative storytelling, produced on micro budgets. Frankie is also an avid classic movie fan, dslr camera... Go to bio

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