Young Radicals by Mat Raymond | Script Revolution

Young Radicals



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In the spring of 1965, authors Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and J. D. Salinger embark on a cross-country road trip from Los Angeles to New York City.

Genre: Historical-Fiction / Dramatic-Comedy


"When famed novelist Harper Lee unwittingly agrees to usher fellow authors J.D. Salinger and Truman Capote on a cross country trip from Los Angeles to New York City, what follows is a hilarious yet heartwarming crash course of egos and idiosyncrasies as these three unconventional artists, all with wildly varying personalities, debate the merits of fame, fortune, art and life while encountering many unique hurdles along the way. Throughout the tumultuous five day road trip, insults fly as well as drinks and even fists but in the end, J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee, and Truman Capote unexpectedly find enviable traits in one another, which serve to evoke in us a new-found appreciation for three of history’s most revered but complicated authors."

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BlackList analyst:

I really enjoyed this script and I felt like it was a unique and eccentric adventure of a road trip
that these three main characters went on. I think you have a great grasp of dialogue -- it was
incredibly amusing to hear each of them sound off on their different concepts of fame and ideals
towards writing / art and it often felt like a three-way ping-pong match, as they each have their
individual, very distinct perspectives.

My favorite part was definitely how you captured the three of them at completely different stages
of their lives: TRUMAN CAPOTE while he’s still struggling, before his big break, JD SALINGER
already well-established, and NELLE “NELLIE” HARPER LEE fresh off the heels of the
overwhelming success of To Kill a Mockingbird. Having these three writers butt heads over their
topics of discussion was very enjoyable, especially since they’re at such odds with where they
are in life: JD and Harper are both famous, but don’t want to be while Capote lives for fame and
yet hasn’t become a household name like the two of them. This is the best part of the script --
the cornerstone from which the conflicts that they have spring up time and time again.

The three make a dynamic trio: Capote, being the most extroverted and colorful of the bunch,
Harper having the biggest heart and most anxiety at her current stage, and Salinger being the
most morose and crotchety. You’ve carved the three of them out well and though it is a fictional
story, I couldn’t help but think that if a real road trip had happened with the three of them
crammed in one car going cross-country, that this would have actually been very true to life.

Submitted: December 9, 2017
Last Updated: June 10, 2019
Last Downloaded: March 9, 2019

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The Writer: Mat Raymond

Southern born, Southern bred, LA based. I miss fried okra and Grapico. Raised on Van Halen, not Van Hagar, Bon Scott not Bon Jovi, John Hughes not Judd Apatow. Background in music + film. UCLA TV Writing program... for a minute. I write (mostly) biopics about obscure subjects that speak to me and I promise they will speak to you, too. I wrote a TV show about accounting fraud and the raiders of the largest cookie jars on earth. Favorite movies are Amelie, Rachel Getting Married, 200 Cigarettes, Pump Up The Volume, Rushmore, A Few Good Men, Bottlerocket, Good Will Hunting, Days of Thunder, The Firm, Young Guns II, Dazed And Confused, Fletch, Elizabethtown, The Goonies, COBB, The Player,... Go to bio
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