Welcome to Pleasant Hill by Jason K. Allen | Script Revolution

Welcome to Pleasant Hill

A stressed New York mob boss moves to a small town, becomes a librarian and looks to settle down, but he unknowingly invades the turf of a wild and ruthless backwoods gang.

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104pp

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Could be feature film or easily adapted to TV series pilot. Contact writer for more details.

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* ScriptShark coverage/summary: "This script is a clever and imaginative twist on the mob comedy genre, a fresh way of reinvigorating the stereotypes with new energy. While the genre itself has grown increasingly stale, the writer comes up with a comical premise that keeps the script alive even in its most formulaic moments .... The structure here is solid, keeping the story moving along at a quick, entertaining pace. There is a good interweaving of the various conflicts here, from Mario trying to organize his own gang to the increasing threat of the Pleasant Hill Mafia to the rival mobsters out to track Mario down. The writer always grounds the story visually, using clear and cinematic writing style and descriptions. The script is a page-turner thanks to the clever usages of the concept of the Pleasant Hill Mafia, especially in scenes like the “Games” that Mario must play along with Hutch. There is also a strong “Dirty Dozen” – like element in the way in which Mario puts together his own gang of oddballs and misfits. This part of the script is reminiscent of films like GOONIES or the more recent DODGEBALL, movies where the outsiders become the champions, and Mario makes a great leader for this gang, as the stakes get higher and higher against him. By the end of the Second Act, there is the possibility of a serious threat to Mario’s life, and this creates a good sense of suspense even while the mood remains light and humorous for the most part."

Submitted: October 17, 2016
Last Updated: June 30, 2022

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The Writer: Jason K. Allen

Jason Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, TN. He is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer and award-winning journalist. His first produced screenplay was the 2009 feature comedy Lucky Fritz starring Corey Feldman and Julia Dietze. Since then he's won Best Screenplay honors at the Nashville Film Festival, San Diego Film Awards, Mountain of Laughs Comedy Fest, TSA Screenwriting Awards, and Artlightenment Film Festival, and is a seven-time finalist of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His scripts have also been finalists in the ScreenCraft and ScriptVamp competitions. His writing credits include the award-winning short films You Destroy Me , American... Go to bio

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