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The Companion Shop (now in production)



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Difficulties arise when an elderly woman tries to return an artificially intelligent companion purchased at a 20% Off Clearance Sale.

After buying a very expensive artificially intelligent companion at a 20% Off Clearance Sale, a lonely woman discovers she has other, more human, options. When she tries to return her purchase, she learns the No Questions Asked Refund Policy is not so generous as the shop's unethical owner had lead her to believe.

(9) pages, (3) actors + extras, (1) location, low budget. NOTE: The Director/Producer encouraged me to double the length of the original script to expand the storyline. I must admit, I'm looking forward to seeing this one on film.

The shorter version of this script and others have been 'novelized' and put into Aisle Seat, a Collection of Slightly Dark and Quirky Short Stories available here:

This Script Has Been Reviewed By Shootin' The Shorts

The Companion Shop
A real deal carries a heavy price when an elderly woman seeks true companionship.

Robots are here. They can clean your house, drive your car, and make your coffee in the morning. They can even become your new best friend – that is, depending on one’s tastes…

In John Hunter’s latest hit The Companion Shop, Mildred – an old woman – seeks to find a robot that will serve as … well… a companion. A store located in the middle of the classy commercial area offers just that – and maybe more.

Mildred wanders into the shop, clutching a coupon that promises a huge discount on the Companion of her choice. Satisfaction guaranteed. Salesman Anthony seems eager to show her the merchandise, especially after a Harry Gentleman model catches Mildred’s eye.

The Harry model proves more expensive than Mildred expected – still, she bonds with it instantly. Determined to clinch the sale, Anthony assures her she can always bring Harry back for a full refund if it doesn’t work out, no questions asked. How you can put a price on companionship? Mildred mulls that over. How indeed?

But once at home with Harry, Mildred’s life takes an unexpected turn…

Are you a director that loved Lars and the Real Girl? Then give The Companion Shop a whirl; it’s another great story about the desire for true companionship – in any shape or form!

Review by Julia Cottle

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The Writer: John Hunter

Sent away to boarding schools to get a fancy education, the members of my immediate family proudly referred to me as bilingual for an uncanny ability to speak both Standard American English and my native Cracker.

After graduation from a large brick and mortar university, a curious nature and an overactive imagination have led me down many paths in life: former Peace Corps volunteer, sales engineer, packaging design consultant, recovering golfer and more recently, an award-winning and produced scriptwriter.

As a writer, my voice is character driven, slightly dark and quirky with a dash of humor. Many of my shorts have been showcased on Shootin' The Shorts. Three of these... Go to bio

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