The Exchange Students by Lisa Penner-Dang | Script Revolution

The Exchange Students

In a town know for food trucks , strip clubs, & cannabis shops, a couple down on their luck, fakes an application to host rich, highly sheltered Japanese exchange students .

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The Exchange Students is a comedy, coming of age script that is written along the lines of “ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ”. It has a strong cast of highly diverse characters.

Dolly Saylor’s life is going nowhere. She is 33, and works at a cannabis place in SE Portland. After getting fired from “ Robert’s Plants” she wonders the street looking for any kind of work.
with the threat of getting evicted on her mind she applies for a job stripping at The Cracker Bare- All Gluten Free Strip Club. After she gets the job she notices a flyer for PDX Exchange Student Academy hosting Japanese exchange students for $500.00 a week.

Mickey Hooker , Dolly’s boyfriend has always been a happy underachiever. He works for the Portland Parks and Recreation mostly picking up dog poop and garbage. When he hears about the $500.00 a week he is doubtful they will get their application accepted.

After much falsifying information, their application is accepted and they will be in charge of Sho a 17 year old student from Japan and Kanata a 16 year old student. The Japanese boys have lead a life in Japan of hard work, strict rules and discipline. All of that is about to go out the window when they are living in Lents with no supervision, and total freedom for them to do anything they want for the month they are in America.

Keep Portland Weird just got a lot more real.

I believe this has universal themes of family, friendships and adventure and would appeal to a broad audience.

The Exchange Students was a quarter finalist for the Portland Screenplay Awards Summer 2021.

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Quarter finalist in the Portland Screenplay Awards Summer 2021.

Submitted: May 29, 2021
Last Updated: June 14, 2021

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The Writer: Lisa Penner-Dang

I was born in Nebraska, but grew up all over the country. My greatest super power, is my imagination. In my 20's I lived in Hollywood at the Fleur Dis Lis off of Hollywood Blvd. I spent my days off watching back to back movies for hours in the theaters. I love to write original characters that are quirky and out of the norm. My characters are based on my love of travel and celebrate diversity. I attended College in London England and Los Angeles. I graduated with a BA in Fashion Design & Merchandising. I have had over 200 jobs before I got into my career as a photo stylist for magazines and catalogs, working in the industry for 23 years in Los Angeles. I grew up all over the country... Go to bio

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