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Walmart Receipt



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A young couple settle their differences at a Walmart customer service counter.

I wasn't very happy with the three "Walmart Receipt" short films at the 2017 Oscars, so I wrote my own. This is the kind of film I would have liked to see.

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A young couple settle their differences at a Walmart customer service counter.

Couples argue all the time. It’s a fact of life.

Hollywood classics like Kramer vs Kramer and Sleepless in Seattle dramatize the confusing and emotionally draining arguments that accompany traumatic experiences like divorce. Fortunately, these circumstances are often once in a lifetime events (or twice if you’re the current POTUS).

But, when one is in a relationship, common occurrences create hostility, too.  At least when there are deeper relationship issues at play.

For instance: arguing over a Walmart Receipt. It’s a battle fought regularly, but one which rarely boils over into turmoil.

Unless you’re Dale and Meggie; the young married duo who’ve each got a tidal wave of grievances against the other.

For Dale, these beefs come in the form of toilet rolls, wrapping paper, a baby monitor, batteries, and a scooter: all items Dale regards as unnecessary purchases by his wife. And all items Dale intends to return to Walmart post-haste.

But when Meggie turns up in the store, she tearfully reveals there’s a story and purpose behind every single thing she buys. Purposes that can’t be measured in dollars, despite Dale’s angry tirade.

Purposes like helping someone in need. Caring for your own blood. Showing love for your significant other.

Are those purposes strong enough to overcome Dale’s fury at Meggie's “spendthrift” ways?

Or is Dale ultimately a fool who sees the price of everything but the value of nothing?

Walmart Receipt answers these questions and makes one think deeply about the true value of relationships - without resorting to clichéd dialogue (vulgar and heart-on-sleeve honesty is the name of the game here).

In short, this is one script you won’t be needing a receipt for – you’ll be returning to it, not sending it back to sit unloved on the shelves!

Review by Hamish Porter
Submitted: March 1, 2017
Last Updated: June 18, 2019
Times Downloaded: 5
Last Downloaded: January 8, 2020

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The Writer: Rob Barkan

Rob has been writing horror, fantasy and science fiction since the age of seven. He has placed several short tales in small press and online magazines like Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries, Dark Planet and Strange Fire. A more extensive collection appeared on his award-winning Deathlife Gravesite. He has taken a deep plunge into screenplay writing for the past few years, totally enjoying mastering the art of visual writing. He recently scripted segments for a Hollywood director's horror anthology project, showing a great ability working under time pressure to make required changes. His short scripts have received favorable reviews at Shootin' The Shorts. Rob's screenplays have been utilized as a... Go to bio

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