Mollycoddled by L. Chambers | Script Revolution




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After they're turfed out, one man and his dog discover there might be trouble and strife at home, but out in the real world the Nanny state has gone haywire.

Minimal dialogue.
Special considerations: A violinist and a couple of cute dogs needed, one starring dog and one cameo poodle.

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After they're turfed out, one man and his dog discover there might be trouble and strife at home, but out in the real world the Nanny state has gone haywire.

Ever been so drunk you used the wardrobe for a toilet? Me neither, I swear.

But that’s exactly what’s landed Brad in the dog house at home.

In Mollycoddled, Brad and his loyal canine sidekick “Dog” get thrown out of the house by very angry girlfriend Diane. Mainly because of the toilet training issue. Brad’s, that is – not his K-9.

It’s terrible to be booted out of house and home (especially in the middle of the night). But after thinking it over, Brad reckons they’re better off without fussy Diane in his life.

Under the delusion that life with man’s best friend will be an awesome escapade, Brad and dog set off for adventure.

Unfortunately for Brad, everything goes… downhill from there.

In the world outside Diane’s four walls: rules, by-laws, regulations and ‘polite notices’ suck out all the fun out of freedom. Wherever Brad and his best friend venture, paper pushers and bureaucracy reign supreme. Not only is the grass not greener on the other side of the fence, in certain areas it’s crappy brown.

Too proud to admit he’s wrong, Brad and Dog soldier on. Resulting in a collection of fines from beach attendants, park attendants, policemen etc. and a feeling of being just plain unwelcome anywhere.

After awhile, Brad realizes life with Diane isn’t so bad. In fact, except for the wardrobe/toilet malfunction, she practically mollycoddled them. By the end of their day on the outskirts, both Brad and Dog hope Diane might just forgive and forget.

There’s no denying everyone loves a shaggy dog story. With Mollycoddled, think Littlest Hobo meets Groundhog Day. But will Diane let the tramps back in? Will Brad’s puppy dog eyes earn him a second chance? Head on over to the doghouse to read this script and find out!

About the reviewer: Elaine Clayton is a London-based screenwriter, who has written several well received shorts and is currently doing a Masters in Playwriting and Scriptwriting. Comfortable in a broad range of genres, Elaine has an innate sense of structure and arc development. Contact her at Elaine_clayton(AT) hotmail(.)co(.)uk

Review by J.E. Clarke
Submitted: November 1, 2016
Last Updated: June 4, 2018
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Last Downloaded: August 13, 2019

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The Writer: L. Chambers

L.Chambers has been writing all her life – especially in her head, and on scraps of paper. It’s only in the last few years she began to get serious about screen-writing. Prior to this she worked in the Features Department for ABC TV as a Program Assistant, and trained as a FAD. She currently works as a freelance web-content editor and lives with her husband (also a screenwriter) in Sydney, Australia. Go to bio

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