Endless Love (2014) Script

DAVID: There was a girl.

A beautiful girl surrounded by people.

Yet utterly alone.

Her brother, Chris, died sophomore year.

She spent all of her time secluded with her family, or in the comfort of books.

I watched her for all of high school, waiting for that perfect moment to talk to her, but that moment never came.


I watched as people gradually forgot about her.

And she seemed content to disappear.

But not to me.

And although she didn't know it, I saw the possibility of us.

Jade Butterfield. Mmm.

Four years, and you never talked to her.

Well, in my defense, no one did.

There is a reason for that. She's an ice queen.

Girl can't be real.

You don't think she's real?

"You don't think..."

Girl looks like that, has that much dough, can't be real, all right?

I know these things.


Ah, it's stupid, I know.

No, it's not.

Come on. Dad wants a photo of the happy family.

Oh, whose family are we taking a picture of?

Come on.

Jade, come take a picture.

Me? Yeah, you.


Thank you so much. Will you take two?

Just to be safe.



There. Thank you.

Congrats, honey. Thanks.

GIRL 1: That one's going online.

GIRL 2: Yeah.

I barely know those girls.

I didn't expect to be in the picture.

Take a seat. Come on.

Mom and Dad's happy family photo can wait.


Promise me you won't do in college what you did here.

Chris was an amazing brother, and we all miss him, but you can't stop living.

He'd want us to live more, not less.

How's anyone ever gonna know how ridiculous and funny you are if all you ever do is hang out with Mom and Dad?

I don't just hang out with Mom and Dad. Oh, really?

How many kids signed this?

And, uh, you can't include teachers.


Thanks, Dad.

You're welcome, son. I'm proud of you.

Thank you. It means a lot.

Maybe you should buy a blowtorch, huh?

To melt the ice off your girl. Mace...

Your son's got a crush. No, I don't.

Does he? No, I don't.

Is she here? Yeah.

Which one is it?

Jade Butterfield. Mmm-hmm. HARRY: That blonde over there?

Don't you dare. No. Hey, Jade!

Hey, Jade!

MACE: Jade!

Jade, I want you to meet my son!

Come on! Come on! The greatest kid here!

DAVID: Hey, you guys. Come on, man!

Whoo-hoo. My son, the high school graduate!


Oh, wow. Mr. Schwartz, thank you. This is too much.

Mrs. Schwartz. You guys take care now, all right? Okay.



Dude, you going to Jenny's Saturday night?

Really? Again?

Come on. Don't do this.

Do you have any idea how your constant break-ups affect my life?

I'm so sorry.

The energy, man, it gets all awkward and shit, all right?

Just get back together with her so I can go back to the life I'm accustomed to.

Can you act like a respectable human being?

You're the first face the guests see.

And yet they keep coming back. (CHUCKLES)

Welcome to the Inn. How are you doing?

HUGH: Can you just, uh, give me a nice spot?

MACE: Absolutely. Will do, sir. Take care.


You're Jade Butterfield.


We go to school... I mean, we went to school together.

David, right?


HUGH: Hey, Jade.

I should go.


Would you sign this?


MACE: Jade Butterfield Come back to me I'm David and I love you


HUGH: My wife will have a mixed salad to start and your pasta special.

My daughter's gonna have the steak, medium, and soup to start.


Yeah. WAITER: And for you?

I think I can handle this myself.

I'm gonna go for the burger and fries. Medium rare, please.

And a Crown and Coke. Better make it a double, actually.

You're here from ASU for two short months.

Let's just try and keep it pleasant.

That's why I got the double, Dad.


We've been going back and forth over what to get you for graduation.

We know we haven't done very well with the holidays and so on and that's not been fair to you or Keith.

I don't need anything.

We could go shopping. We could get a new wardrobe for Brown.

Yeah, you should think of something, or else you'll end up with a photo of this guy.


There is one thing.

What? Anything.

A party. A party? Wow.

Out of all the things you could ask for?

Well, I was looking at all the kids at school today and high school's where you're supposed to make friends you'll keep forever.

I don't know any of them.

They don't know me.

A party. I think that that is a great idea.



Yeah, sure. Okay. (ALL CHUCKLE)

HUGH: It's been a long time since we've celebrated anything.

Thank you very much, Mr. Abbey.


Hi. Hi.

Do you want me to get your car?

No. Um...

I'm having a graduation party.


I'm inviting the entire class. Really?

Is it that hard to believe?

Uh, no. I've just never seen you out.

I didn't know that you, uh...

Mingled with the masses. (CHUCKLES)

I just spent the last four years of high school trying to get into another four years of college.


You don't have to come. No, I want to.

(STAMMERING) I mean, we want to.

We wanna come. We wanna come.


Could you just give me one second?

MACE: Welcome. Welcome to the Inn.

Keep it close. Don't park me in.

Oh, sure, no... (COINS CLATTER)

No, he didn't. Hey, man.

Now, I'll take them, but you gotta hand them to me, all right?

I don't pick up shit off the floor.

It's time to learn.

Hey. Hey. Hey. (CHUCKLES)

You boys best earn your three minutes in my car.

Yeah, thanks, man. MACE: "Boys"?

DAVID: Give me the keys. Come on.

Give me the keys.

I guess we should definitely earn our three minutes, don't you think?

Why limit ourselves to three?

I mean, why?

Are you coming? You're stealing his car?

Whoa. I mean, I wouldn't say "stealing."

Technically, borrowing.

What about your job?

Jade, get in the car. Jade, get in the car.


Get in the car.

What is she doing? I don't know. Come on!

MACE: Get in the car!

Jade Butterfield, get in the car this instant.










Where the hell have you been?

We've got guests freaking out.

You stole my car. (DOOR CLOSES)

Sorry. We just wanted to make sure it wasn't parked in.

You ate Fatburger in my Maserati.

It's over. You're done, mister.

That's actually my fault. You should blame me.

All right, I want him fired.

Now. No, it was my...

I want him fired, too. It was my fault!

Him and him fired, and I'm having your job. I ate Fatburger!

It was me. It was me. I ate it.

No. It was me.

I ate the Fatburger. (ALL SNICKERING)


Oh, is this a joke to you? No, I mean...

You trying to impress your hot little girlfriend over there?

Now, watch what you're saying.

Everyone, cool down.

Why don't we go inside?

It's gonna take a lot more than stealing my car to get her to spread her legs.

MACE: Oh, shit. Damn!

That was self-defense. Get out of here, David! Now!

MACE: What was that? That kid, he hit me!

Jade. Are you all right?

MAN: I swear to God, I'll sue.

That was self-defense.

MAN: God, I'll sue him.

I'll sue him, I'll sue you. I'll sue everybody! I'll sue this whole place!

He's out of here, sir.

Is my Fatburger evidence?

'Cause I'd like to finish eating it.

Just get out of here, Mace. All right, yep.

Sorry, sir. Sorry. (WHIRRING)

HARRY: I hope this isn't happening again.

'Cause Judge Dean called.

Word travels fast.

It was no big deal.

I lost it for one sec, that's it.

Well, one second is all it's gonna take and I don't wanna have to worry about you again, David.

Now, why would I wanna be a valet when I can be here with you?

Plus, I am gonna own the shop one day, right?

Ah, easy. I'm still breathing, partner.


This guy deserve it? Yeah.

Let me guess, you were protecting Mace.


And a girl, too.



No, no, no. Come on, come on. (CHUCKLES)

Answer it.

Go on. Go, go, go. I'm going.

There she is!

Congratulations, sweetheart! Thank you.

Oh, my God, you look gorgeous tonight. Thank you.

Your dad tells me that you'll be leaving on your internship soon.

Two weeks. I'm really excited.

How exciting.

Yeah, come in. I'll go get him. JOE: Thanks.



Oh. There are people here.

I lost track of time.

Ah, okay.


Oh, you're beautiful.

Thank you.

Are you coming down?

Yeah, I'll be there in a second.


You want me to heat you up a piece?

Ah, no, thanks. I'm on my way out.

Nice suit.

Got a job interview or something?

7:30 on a Saturday? (CHUCKLES)

I did it already.

Yeah, that's why I'm redoing it.

You know, your mom bought me this suit.

What for?

Get married in.

I can change if you want.

No, no, no.

Looks better on you.

This thing you're going to tonight, is it a dance or something?

Mmm, sort of.

Well, embarrass yourself. (CHUCKLES)

Builds character. Sure, sure.

DAWN: Hugh.

Dawn, Joe, nice to see you. DAWN: Hi.

Thanks for coming. Of course.

Hi, Joe. Oh, you shouldn't have!

Since you did, how come only one?


Raymond, Tracy, thanks for coming.

The Mayo Clinic's so lucky to have you.


Excuse me for a second.

This is what you wanted, right?

Yeah. It's great.

Everything's great. JOE: Hugh!

Come over here and settle a bet.


A, uh, friend of yours is here.

WOMAN: Jade.

Hi. Congratulations.

I'm so embarrassed. This isn't exactly what I had in mind.

You run with a slightly older crowd.


It's a complete failure.

I thought if I reached out to our class, they'd wanna be here as much as I wanted them to, but...

There's another graduation party.

That's probably where everyone is.

Oh, right, yeah.

You know what? I'm gonna be a little creative.


MALE OPERATOR: Atlanta Police Department.

Hi, I'm calling about a very loud party at 44 Seawall Road. Um...

And I've asked the next-door neighbor, Jenny, to turn down the music, and it just seems to be getting louder and louder.

And now... Oh, God!

There seems to be someone pissing on my Mini Cooper.

I need this shut down straightaway. Thank you.




Is David here?

Yeah, he's inside. Come in.

Shit. Is this your party? Yeah.

(CHUCKLING) It's about time!

Hi. Come on.

Hey. Hi.



Should I take off my shoes or something? No.

No? Come in.


(MOUTHING) The ice has melted!

Come on.



Thanks for getting everyone here, man.

Yeah, man. Ah, about that. Uh...


You invited Jenny? "Invite" is a strong word.

Come on, man.

Dude. She cheated, she's sorry. Let it go.

You did ruin her party.

Oh, shit. She's coming.



You certainly got everyone here, didn't you?

Maybe that's because the cops busted my party.

See, I think what happened, my neighbor, who's in Florida, sensed that there was a party happening and called the cops.

Now all my friends are at Jade Butterfield's party.

A girl who acted like we didn't exist in high school.

Does that make sense to you, David?

You have a party every weekend.

What difference does it make?


What's going on now? Who are these kids?

David made it all happen. Isn't it wonderful?

Who's David?

He's the friend of Jade's. He's there.

That's the valet! What?

That's the kid I was telling you about at the restaurant.

Jade is happy. The party is a great idea.

Hugh, please. (MUTTERING)

Hey! Quiet! Quiet!

Right. So, uh, we're all having a great time, and, uh, it's gonna get even better because I have a really good game we're gonna play where each couple has to pick a song out of a hat and you all have half an hour to choreograph a routine. Okay?

Hey. What do you mean "choreograph"?

It's fine. You'll love it. Uh...

My beautiful date, Sabine, please.

Our song is romantic and big so we should probably do a lot of figure skating moves.

Figure skating? Mmm-hmm.

Show me.

Like this.


You don't wanna do this? Mmm-mmm.

Not even a little bit? Mmm-mmm.

Will you give me your hand?

No. Come on.


Give me your hand.

Come on.

I did it for my third-grade ballet recital.

It goes over really well.


Ten more minutes.



Is she running?

You're stalling, aren't you?


I just like cars. I promise.

My dad's been trying to fix the carburetor forever.

So far, no luck.

Is it his?


It's my brother Chris'.

My mom wants to sell it.

It makes her sad, just sitting in the driveway.

All right.

Maybe I am stalling. (CHUCKLES)

Maybe we should, uh, (CHUCKLING) rehearse. (ALL CHEERING)

It takes a certain type of confidence to dance in the footsteps of Salt-N-Pepa.

I mean, a very brave person.

But we have two brave souls coming up to do just that.

Mace and Gwen. Come on.


Get hype!

Get hype! Whoo!







Thank you for this.

Now, someone named Jade Butterfield and her new friend.

Give him a hand but not your car keys. David!

MACE: Yeah, David!

I see you!



MACE: Oh, man! What is this?


DAVID: Shh, follow me.


Where are we going?

MAN: Whoo!

HUGH: All right, everyone, calm down. It's just a blackout.

I've wanted to kiss you since the 10th grade.

I couldn't go another minute without telling you that.

All right!

All right!

First off, I'd like to apologize for the power.

It seems even our home is objecting to the number of people here tonight. (ALL LAUGHING)

Ah, but, more importantly, I wanna make a toast.

We're all here tonight because of our daughter, Jade, a girl that brings so much light to our life, and as you can tell, if there's one thing we need, it's light.

So, uh, Jade, where are you?


HUGH: Jade. Come on.

Maybe he'll give up.

Come on, Jade.

GIRL: Busted!

Oh, shit.

Come on.

Get up here.

I'm so lucky

to be your father.

And everything you've worked so hard for...

MAN: She's working hard, all right.

It's all coming true.

So here's to Jade.




GIRL: Seriously?

Okay. It's been quite an evening.

But all good things must come to an end, so, uh...

And that would be the sign.

We'll get you cabs, or, uh, Hulu, or...

Uber. HUGH: Yeah, Uber.

Those of you who are driving, please drive safely, but drive.

Party's over. Party is over.

MACE: Deuces.


You must be David.

Yes, sir. Uh, it's nice to meet you.

Can I show you out?


I hear you're trying to get your car running again.

Are you gonna steal it if I do?


Right, the valet.

No, that was just a one-time thing, I promise.

Did you have a good night tonight?

Well, let's just say I prefer how it started.

You know, I really respect your daughter, sir.

And the truth is, I just wanted to make her happy.

I think she's amazing.

Good night.

It was a fun party, huh?

I'm just going to my room.

I have to go.





Hi. Hi.

Last bay over there.

Thanks. Yeah.


Oh. Whoa.

Are you okay?

(CHUCKLES) Not cool.

I got your text.

I was trying to think of things I could do for your dad, seeing as I feel like he didn't love the closet as much as I did.

You don't need to do that, David.

I do.

I got something in the box over there.

HUGH: Jade.


So, I spoke with Dr. Fitzgerald.

Mmm-hmm. And we set a breakfast for the morning you start.

You know, just so you can spend that little extra time with her.

Okay. Yeah.

And the dorm's all arranged?

I move in not this Sunday, but next.





What are you doing here?

Get away from that car. Stop.

Look, it's working.

It was the old carburetor. It was shot.

I had the right one laying around the shop, so I thought you might wanna hear her run again.


That's amazing! What did you do?

It's no big deal. JADE: Thank you.

I never thought I'd hear that sound again.


Look, Jade told me how much this car meant to you.

And I tried to rack my brain around something I could do, seeing as, you know, we got off on the wrong foot the other night.

The other night.


When you emerged from a closet with my daughter.

Dad, he did this for us.

ANNE: It's a very kind gesture, David.

Would you maybe, um, join us for dinner?

I wasn't looking for an invite.

I should go home and shower.

You could wash up here. I have to get changed.

I don't wanna intrude.

No, you wouldn't be intruding, honestly.

Dad, please.

Yeah, okay. Sure, sure, yeah.

ANNE: Great. Come on.

You might not know this, David, but, uh, Jade is following in her father's footsteps, enrolling pre-med in the fall.

And since I'm kind of hoping for a specialty in cardiology, I just thought there was no better way to celebrate than with a family heirloom.

No more gifts, Dad. You've gotten me enough.

It was your grandfather's.

It was mine.

And it was gonna be Chris', and now it's yours.


Oh, it's too much. Thank you.

Well, I think pre-med at Brown earns it.

Not to mention your internship with Dr. Fitzgerald.

Internship? You never mentioned that.

It's not a big deal, that's why.

Very big deal.

I mean, she'll be leaving and spending, I don't know, most of...

Um, I, uh, had to declare my major, too.

It's not as fancy as Jade's, but I had to major in something, so...



Always wondered what that meant.

It's the study of how we communicate.

Well, you know, you can always change it later if it doesn't make sense.

All right, David. Your turn.

Ah, here it comes, the inquisition.


It's okay. If I can pass, you can pass.

Keith, did she pass? He still doesn't call you his girlfriend.

Okay, David, look, we know your act of generosity with the car wasn't really about anything other than my daughter, so...


I'd just love to know a little more about you, other than the fact you can fix an old car.

I'm sure that's not your most noteworthy quality.

I mean, it might be.

What about your future plans? Where are you going to college?

Uh, I'm not going to college.

Oh. Mmm.

Don't feel you need it?

No, I'm not saying that. I took my SATs.

Well, I mean...

No, I wouldn't let that discourage you.

I mean, not everybody tests well.

Ah, I got a 2090.

(LAUGHING) Well done.

SABINE: That's an amazing score, David.

You could get into UGA with that score.

Maybe. But I like working in my dad's shop.

And so does he.

And there's nothing wrong with that.

Yeah, I don't need much.

Warm bed, clean socks, milk in the fridge.

A nice girl to come home to. (HUGH CHUCKLES)

Modern-day romantic. I see.

Can I just give you a piece of advice? Oh, no, Hugh.

Speaking as someone who's been married for over two decades.

I mean, love is wonderful, but it's not all you need.

You also need things like life insurance and PPOs and unromantic things, like mortgages.

I get that.

I mean, I'm sure I'll have all those things one day, but I do think that love comes first, you know?

At the end of the day, what's more important than that?

KEITH: Oxygen.

Shut up, Keith.


You know, I've seen it firsthand.

I know what it's like when it's there,

and I know what it's like when it's not.

So you've been in love before.

No, no. (CHUCKLES)

But my parents were.

They met when they were in high school, and it made sense.

That's what I wanna find. True love.

The kind that you fight for, that you always put first.

That makes you wanna be good and do better.

And not just with any girl.

But "the" girl.

And when I find that, that's all I need.

HUGH: Homeless and in love.

Sounds great.

Maybe I should have said I was going to college.


I hope that you find that, David.

Thank you. I mean, you and Hugh did.

Yeah. Yeah. Oh.

To love.


HUGH: Yes, to love.

To love. DAVID: To love.


I found what you said inspiring.

And inspiration has been in short supply these days.

Uh, Jade tells me you're a writer.

Oh, I was a writer.

I wrote one book, but then, um, life got in the way, so...

I've never met an author before.

If I got one of your books, would you sign it for me?



Thanks. (CHUCKLES) Thank you.

Good night, David.

Thank you, sir.

Good night. ANNE: Good night.


JADE: David!


She's leaving in two weeks. What do you think he wants with her?

He's falling in love with her.

Well, she's not ready for that.

(CHUCKLES) Of course she is. She's 17. It's her time.

She's never expressed any interest.

Oh, you haven't exactly let her.

So what should I do?

I should just encourage her to fall in love and have her heart broken?

Yes, you should.

I think she'd be great at it.

I was.

Don't make this about us.




You're shaking.

Good shaking.

We don't have to do this.

As much as I want to, I can wait.

I don't wanna wait.

I wanna feel this with you.



Who are you texting?

That's unbelievably rude, after what we just did.





Don't you have to be at your dad's shop soon?

I should probably go before everyone wakes up.


It's mine now. Your first present to me.


I remember him.

You do?


We were in seventh grade when he was a senior.


He was good. I remember that.

He was good.

What's it like to have lost him?

My dad, he saved us all.

After Chris got cancer, he stopped working to take care of him.

We wouldn't have got through it without him.

And we're doing so much better, really.

I'm lucky that way.

Some families never heal, and we're doing so well.

It's okay if none of that is true.

But it is.

I know. I'm just saying it's okay if it's not.


JADE: Enlarged ventricles.


Course of treatment?

Check the patient's kidneys. Could be in renal failure.

That's good.

So you can stay for the next surgery.

I've got an angioplasty starting at 2:00.

Oh. I actually have plans.

I'm sorry.

Does he know that this thing is gonna be ending in a couple of weeks?

'Cause the kid at dinner last night didn't really seem to know.

Of course he does.

I thought we had the summer.

I know, but it's too competitive. I can't turn it down.

Say something.

I don't care.

I don't.

I don't care if we have 10 days, or one week or one day.

I want you to spend it with me.


And if I do?


I promise you they'll be the best 10 days of your life.



Have a snack!


There's two more days.

You better have something amazing planned.





I love you, too.


I don't wanna leave. Tell me to stay.

I want to, but...

I don't care about the internship.

I want to be with you for the summer.

You mean that? Yeah.

Then stay. (CHUCKLES)








Oh, you're home late.

I'm tired, Dad. Please.

Can I just ask you why you're unpacking?

I called Dr. Fitzgerald.

I'm not taking the internship.



So David put you up to this?

No. It was my decision.

The internship is your ticket into medical school.

It's not something you can just walk away from.

I know. But I'm an incoming freshman and I have four years to find another ticket.

I went out on a limb with Dr. Fitzgerald for you.

I'm sorry. But I'm allowed to change my mind.

So, this has nothing to do with David?


Then what's going on?

We used to talk. This doesn't make sense.


Maybe I do want more time with David.


You must have felt this way once. (SIGHS)

With Mom?

Yeah. But we hadn't just graduated high school.

I was through medical school by the time your mom and I got serious.

That's not where I am.

Well... I'm here now, and I've never felt this way about anyone.

I thought about it, and I dreamt about it.

I just never thought it would actually happen.

And now that it has, I need more time.


You know, of all the reasons to sacrifice something that you've worked so hard for, a boy.

It's very unlike you.



What's going on?

Ah, we're going to the lake house.

Get dressed. Your bathing suit's still in the dryer.

For the weekend?

Hi, Jade. Hi.

Um, I don't know.

Uh, pack enough for a couple of weeks.

Your sentence begins now.

Heard about the internship.

Nice to know I'm not the only one disappointing Dad.

You didn't tell me we were going to the lake house.

Well, I think we need it, Jade.

I think we need to spend time together as a family.

I think we're drifting.

I don't wanna go! You know that!

I can't leave David now!

You're going to the lake house with your family, and I'm not gonna hear any more complaints about it.

Get your stuff.

Hey, man. Where you been?


I was with Jade. Why, you miss me?

Sure, yeah. Most nights I've been crying myself to sleep.




I didn't know you were thinking about going to college.

Uh, I wasn't until recently.

College boy. Yeah, I could see that.

Think you got a shot?

Jade's mom's gonna write a letter of recommendation.

Plus, she used to work there, so...

I'm still gonna work in the shop.


I like the idea.

I was wondering how I'd afford early retirement.


ANNE: Wait, wait a minute. I have the key.

Anyone wanna take a swim?

No, we're starving. I'm gonna take Sabine into town.

Can we bring something back?

HUGH: No, I'm fine.

Sense of humor? Jagermeister, maybe? (CHUCKLING)

Do you want anything?


I'll take a swim with you.


JADE: I'll get it.

Hey. Thank God you're here.

Hey. ANNE: Hey.

These are for you. Thank you.

Thank you so much for having me.

You have a beautiful house.

JADE: Amazing, isn't it? What are you doing here, David?

Uh, Jade invited me.

Keith invited Sabine. I don't see what the problem is.

The problem is this is meant to be a family trip.

I'm sorry, but inviting David was never part of the plan.


He didn't know?

It's fine, David.

The more the merrier. HUGH: No, it's not fine.

ANNE: Hugh, please.

Well, he's here now, and I don't want him to leave.

Well, that's not up to you.

Actually, it is.

He's my guest and he's staying.


Jade just became a woman.

You didn't tell your dad?

He's never gonna forgive me now.

He'll get over it, I promise.

Now you have the perfect chance to show him how wonderful you are.

What are you doing?

Come on. (CHUCKLES)

Come on!


Take it off.

Come on.

Hurry up!


I don't even recognize her.

And you know, she would never act this way before him.

I think she's right on track.

Giving up the internship is right on track?

Didn't it ever worry you that she wasn't out in the world experiencing life?

She spent the past two years either by our sides or with her nose in a book.

She deserves to have fun this summer.

Well, she was mourning her brother.

You can't expect her to go to a slumber party every weekend.

I know very well who she was mourning.

She just lost her teenage years and now she's finding them.

HUGH: Yeah, with a total stranger.

We don't know anything about him.


She is falling in love, Hugh.

When did you last see her this happy? Hmm? When?

I don't know.

That's something you wanna end?


HUGH: (STAMMERING) I gotta say something.

I need to apologize to David.

I might have overreacted slightly when you arrived,

and, uh, I'm sorry.

Thank you.

So, maybe, clean slate?

Yeah, that would be great.


Nice. Cheers.

Thanks, Dad.

ANNE: Aw, that was beautiful.

Berries, anyone?

Mom, David finished your book.

I loved it. She's an amazing writer, right?

Yeah, maybe you'll feel ready to write again soon.

You should. Yeah, maybe.

You reminded me how much I love reading and how much more I need to do.

Well, you'll have more books than you know what to do with at the University of Georgia.

You think I have a chance?

Of course. With your SATs?

And Mom's letter. They love her there.

So, you're applying to college?

Yeah. Yeah.

Second semester. Hopefully.

DAWN: Knock, knock.

Hi. ANNE: Oh.

I didn't know Dawn was here.

No, neither did I.

HUGH: Hey. Hi.

Hi. HUGH: How are you?

It's a work colleague of Hugh's.

I think I met her at the party.

You know what? I'm feeling inspired.

I'm gonna go inside and write that letter. (CHUCKLES)


Hey. Hey.

Do you wanna do something fun? Yeah.




ALL: One, two, three!



We need more sparklers!

What? We need more sparklers.

Okay. I'll go get some.

KEITH: Yeah. Top shelf in the garage.



What? Did you hear something?

JADE: David, did you find them? What?

Uh, no, we're all out. We can't be.

I said we're all out, okay?

Okay. Jeez.




HUGH: David, you're up early.


Good morning.

Yeah. Yeah, it is, isn't it?

Listen, I was thinking about taking the boat out for a little spin.

Ah, I'm just gonna get some coffee.

I'll make you one to go.

I'm gonna wait for Jade.

She's not gonna be up for hours.

Gets that from her mother.

Come on, it'll be fun.



It's beautiful, isn't it?

Yeah, we bought the place in '96, and the kids were just...

A little poison ivy, a few too many mosquitoes, but I just love it.

And you know, no matter what was happening in our lives, we could come out here because nothing would seem as bad.

At least that was the idea.

There's no need for any of this.

You can just get to the point where you ask me about last night.

Last night?

You and that woman you work with.

I don't know what you think you saw.

I do.

I know exactly what I saw.

I'd be very careful, David.

That's a serious accusation you're about to make.

If you think I'm gonna tell Jade, I'm not.

If that's the reason why you brought me out here.

But I'll tell you this.

If she found out, it would kill her.

There's nothing to tell.

But if you continue down this road, you will regret it.

You understand?

You've been quiet all day.

You okay?

Yeah. I'm all right. I'm just tired.

Our dad's finally getting to you, isn't he?

Does he compare you to Chris, or is it just me?

It's all right. Your dad's just having a hard time.


No, he's been having a hard time for a while now.

He's an asshole. He just can't hide it anymore.

"And Chris wouldn't even know what a frat party was!

"Communications? Isn't that for yoga instructors?

"Arizona State? Why not major in alcoholism?

"I mean, Jesus Christ, Keith!

"Could you just be better?

"Could you just do something?"


It's fine. I don't...

I don't really care. It doesn't matter.

I'll never be anything like him.


Hey. The kids went into town. You up for a movie?

I'm returning a bunch of calls. Okay.

This is Dr. Butterfield for Detective Sutton.

He's a patient.


Hey. What's up?

I missed all this.


Let's be young and dumb, just for tonight.


Come on. Okay.



Ah! Hey! What are you doing here?

Oh, you'd know if you ever called me.

Listen, we all went in on a houseboat.

We've been partying for the last five days straight.

I miss you, man. I miss you, too.


And what about me? Hey.

It's good to see you, too.

Yeah, this party's done. We're gonna take off.

You two should join.

Where to? We're gonna go to the zoo.

We're gonna sneak in after it closes, we're gonna get a little high, and then we're gonna hang out with the wildlife. Huh? Huh?

All right, we're gonna get a lot high.

Trust me, there's nothing like it.

I think we're just gonna stay here, man.

No, I wanna go. Can we go?

No. We're gonna stay here.

What? Let's go. Come on.

She wants to go.

ANNE: Dear Helen, this letter may come off slightly unconventional, but that seems to fit David.

It's difficult to put into words, but his presence has affected not only my daughter, but our entire family.

You know, we don't have to do this.

I'm fine. I want to.


(LAUGHS) What up? What up, dawg?

Hey, this is my boy, Charlie.

Turns his head every time, all right?


Ladies and gentlemen, ooh, welcome to my zoo.

ANNE: He is filled with so much light and so much love that I can't believe this won't translate into a very bright future.

KEITH: Fifty!

ANNE: Quite simply...

Ready or not, here I come.

ANNE: ...he's sparked something in all of us.

A laughter in my son.

MACE: Run, run!

ANNE: An awakening in my daughter.






Hey-ya! Okay-ya!


ANNE: A desire in me.


A desire for what?

ANNE: To be in love again.

Jade's about to leave.

We could go anywhere, start over.

I remember who you are.


Who we were.

Are you in love with him, too?


Of course I'm not.

I love the way that he loves our daughter.

I'm still in love with you.

It's a good letter.

I can mail it tomorrow after my swim.



DAVID: Let's go, come on. (MACE WHOOPING)

(LAUGHING) DAVID: This is amazing.



SABINE: I want this one.

MACE: This is crazy. KEITH: This is amazing.

MACE: Gwen. Get over here. DAVID: This is awesome.

MACE: Whoo!

I'm coming to get you.

WOMAN OPERATOR: 911. What is your emergency?

Hey. Um...

I just saw some kids break into the zoo down on Lakeview.


MACE: Yes!

Love is in the air, Davey.

What's that smile for?

I'm thinking of asking Sabine to marry me.

Wow. Yeah.

Does Jade know?

No one does.

I didn't even really know until an hour ago.


My dad, he'll, uh, most likely try and talk me out of it, and he'll probably win, but for now...

For now, you're proposing.

For now, I'm proposing. And hopefully eloping.

You know, man, I'm really glad you came.

Thank you.

And I'm glad you're with my sister.

I haven't seen her this happy since Chris was alive.


Hey, Mace! What is that?

Oh, shoot, it's the cops. Come on, we gotta go.


KEITH: Come on, go, go, go!

DAVID: We gotta get out of here.

JADE: Hurry. MACE: Move, move, move!

KEITH: Jade! Sabine, let's go. Mace.

What? Mace, take them.

MACE: What? She can't get caught. Take them!

JADE: No! Jade. Jade, come on!

Come with us, David! Go! Go!

Go, go, go!

MACE: Like, today! Come on!

POLICE: There he is!

Hey! Over here!

KEITH: Come on, Sabine.

You, stop!

MACE: Hurry, hurry, hurry!

Hurry up!

Get over here! (PANTING)



Put your hands up in the air!


Mom. Mom, wake up.

(GASPS) Jade.

Jade. What's wrong? (SHUSHING)

Shh. What's happened?

There was a reason I didn't invite David on this trip.

I know, but it's because of David that I'm not in jail, too.

No, it's because of David that you've changed.

And not for the better.

Hugh, are you not gonna go and get him?

I've learned a few things about David.

It's not gonna be his first night in jail.

We never really knew him or what he's capable of.

You've been digging into his past?

Oh, rightfully so. He didn't think to share this with you, did he?

I'm sure there's a perfectly good explanation.

Well, yeah, he's a criminal.

And that's why he's behind bars as we speak.

This could cost him his college, his future.

He doesn't have a future, Jade.

And he's gonna make sure that you don't have one either.

This is the kind of guy you really want to fight for?

Yes! I don't care about his past.

There's nothing you can say that will change the way I feel about him.

Mom, please! Look, this is ridiculous!

I'm calling the station. Stop it.


Please, Dad.

Get him out.

I love him.

On one condition.



As happy as I am to see you, I was hoping it wasn't gonna be you.


I'm sorry. Uh...

I'll pay you back. I promise.

I'm not concerned about the money.

Where's Jade?

She's at home.

She just knew it would make things harder if she came.

I'm taking you to your car, David.

You're not coming back to the lake house with us.

Hey, hang on. What do you mean?

Your relationship with my daughter is over.

It's time to let her go. Let her have the success she deserves.

Is that what she wants or is that what you want?

She is not here to pick you up, is she?

I'll ask her myself.

She's taking the internship.

Yeah, she decided this morning.

This is just a summer fling.

It's not real love.


You're in no position to lecture me on what real love is.

You have no idea what goes on in my marriage.


No, I don't.

But I know you have this incredible family.

I see how you treat them. I would never treat Jade that way.

Oh. Oh.

Tell me, how would you treat her, David?

Go ahead, tell me.

Like that kid in the police report?

I did a little research.

Is that the kind of person you think I want for my daughter?

That was a long time ago. That's not me.

I would've thought you would have learned more from your past.

I'm sure your father must have.

Don't you talk about my dad.

No, I mean, everything I hear, he sounds like a great guy.

Works hard, puts a roof over your head, does the best he can.

It was never quite enough for your mother, though, was it?

You have nothing.

You don't know what you're talking about.

One day you get home early from school, there's another man there.

And what do you do, David?

You beat him.

You beat him so badly he has to be taken away in an ambulance.

So he goes to the hospital, you go to juvie, and your mom takes off.

You know that love that you talked about at dinner?

You're never gonna have that. It doesn't exist.

Your story isn't gonna end any differently than your parents' did.

Jade will get bored with you.

Just like your mom got bored.

And how are you going to handle yourself when that happens again, David? Huh?

Because it will.

It doesn't matter how hard you try.

You're not gonna be able to hang on to her.

She is gonna get to Brown.

She is gonna meet somebody like her, smart, with a future, and she's gonna leave.

And she won't look back.

You know why?

Because you're not good enough.

You're just like your father.




Oh, thank you, David.


You had my entire family fooled.

Never me.

This is the real you.

This is exactly who you are.


Oh, my God!

What happened?

What do you think? David lost it.

I tried to fend him off, and he...

I don't believe you.

Look at me.

He completely lost control.

I told him you were leaving...

You told him? Why would you tell him that?

Because you wouldn't have.

And it's time he knows the truth.

Jade, what...


He peppers him with a right, he peppers him with a left.

He's got Hugh Butterfield in the corner.

(CHUCKLING) What's he up to?

Damn, did you hit her dad?

That's messed up, even for you.

You should've never taken us there last night.


It sucks that you got caught, but it's not my fault.

It was stupid, Mace, and you know it.

It was fun.

Until it got stupid.

But it was fun.

Come on, man, we used to do shit like that all the time.

Yeah, but back then I didn't have anything to lose.

So, what, you're going to Brown now, too?

Oh, great. You invited Jenny.

How big do you think our houseboat is?


She still cares about you, okay? We all do.

I know you've been lost in this whole Jade world.

But you had a whole life before her.

You might want to remember that.


Sounds like you had quite a night.


Where's Jade?

I don't want to talk about it.

What, she didn't come to pick you up?

Just let it go, okay?

Hey, I'm here as a friend. Nothing else.

Now, come on.

Move over.

David, come on, you had to see this coming.

Girls like Jade Butterfield, they just think they're settling for guys like you.


But funny, smart girls like me, they know how lucky they are.



Jade, stop.

That didn't take long, did it? Listen to me.

Mace called Jenny, okay?

Not me. What?

It's true. You hit him.

You don't know what he's like.

What does that mean?

That he deserved to be hit?

What did he do?

Tell me.

Wait, wait, Jade, please.

You have to trust me.

How? He told me what happened with your mom.

Why would you keep that a secret?

I wouldn't have cared if you had just told me.

I was ashamed, okay?

I was ashamed.

I hate what my mom did to my dad.

And I hated what I did.

If you thought I was such an angel, maybe you should never have bothered with me.

So that's it? You're just gonna walk away?

I know I'm not good enough for you.

But I'm not gonna spend my entire life proving that I am.

You're a coward, you know that?

You don't fight for love.

You're terrified of it!






Jade Butterfield? Where is she?

Room 376.


Hey. Hey.


What happened?

(SNIFFLES) Honey, you were in a car accident, but you're okay.

Where's David?

HARRY: David.


Thanks for coming.

Any word?

No, they won't let me in.


How is she?

Hugh Butterfield.

Harry. Harry Elliot.

You got a minute?

HARRY: Is she gonna be all right?

She's got a broken wrist, among other things.

Thank God it wasn't worse.

Look. Uh...

We'd appreciate it if you would show this to David.

And once we've seen a judge on Monday, he's a close personal friend of family, it will no longer be temporary.

Now, wait a minute.

I know how you must feel, but they're just kids.

David, he's only 18. He's got his whole life ahead of him.

My daughter made a choice to move on.

He didn't respect that and he knew the conditions.

That he couldn't get in a fight with his girlfriend?

That he couldn't sneak into a zoo?

David's not a criminal, he's just a kid with shit luck.

That doesn't warrant a restraining order.

Your son hit me in the face!

And if you think I'm gonna let my daughter get anywhere near him, you're out of your mind.

She could've died out on that street.

He can behave like a reckless idiot, he can screw up his future all he wants...

You say one more unkind word about my son and I'll make sure you can't say another.

50! 50 feet!

If he comes within 50 feet of her, he's gonna be arrested, and I'll sue you for everything you've got. I've lost a child.

I'm not losing another.

Not for you or your lowlife son.

You shouldn't be here, Jade.

I know, but I just wanted to say goodbye and his cell phone isn't working.

That's 'cause I took it away from him.

Last thing I need is a cop showing up here

'cause your daddy sees our number on the phone bill.

Now, I'm sorry, honey.

I won't say anything, I promise.

That's not how it works.

I got to protect my son now and talking to you ain't gonna do him any favors.

Can you at least tell him that I love him?

Don't ask that, Jade. That's not fair.

You go to college, you start your life.

That's the best thing you can do for David now.


What's up, Big D? What's going on, man?

NESBITT: So why don't you tell me why you're here.

I guess my dad wanted me to talk to someone.

I've been going to your dad's shop for a long time, and he's never made this call, so...

I guess he wants me to feel better.

To move on.

NESBITT: And you don't think you can?

DAVID: I don't think I should.

Maybe for some people, they find the one that they're meant to spend the rest of their lives with.

Right when their lives are starting out.

What if Jade's the one and I let her go?

I would regret that for the rest of my life.

I just... I love it here.

I'm sorry. Do you want me to leave you alone?

No. I'm just missing home.

NESBITT: Time helps.

It's slow and it's painful, but it works.

Talking helps.

Going out with other people, seeing friends.

And she'll be like a book you read long ago.

I always wanted a Porsche.

You know? It's the life...

You think that's possible?

If you trust that if it's meant to be, then it will be again.

And if it's not, you will wake up one day and realize that you haven't even thought of her once.

And then you'll be free.

Are you all right, son?


What do you want, David?

I want her.

I don't know why you don't understand that.

Yeah, maybe I just didn't wanna.

What happened with your mom, that was my fault.

I worked too hard.

I didn't make her happy.

Maybe she never loved me. I don't know.

I never fought for her.

But I saw you and Jade together.

She loved you.

She believed in you.

I'm not letting you make the same mistake I did.

Fight for her.

He'll take the shop and he'll sue you.

You let that asshole try.

You love this girl?

Yeah, I love her.

You really love her?


Then you fight for her and I'll be proud of you if you do.

I always wondered who did that.



Shameful but necessary.


Do you want to get a coffee?

You didn't know Hugh before all this.

I haven't lost all hope.

If we can get through losing a child, we can get through anything.

I know what's been done, David.

Don't judge me, you've never been married.

How is she?


She has a boyfriend.

His name is Miles.

He's pre-med, too.

You didn't want to hear that, sorry.

It doesn't change anything.

I didn't think so.

Is she coming home for Christmas?

She is, but Hugh's never gonna let her out of his sight.

He has his daughter back and he's not gonna let her go now.

Just tell me where she'll be.

I'll meet her anywhere, anywhere you would arrange.

I can't, David. I'm so sorry.

Anne, please.



David didn't get into UGA.

Did you know that?

Uh, no, I didn't.

Although I'm not surprised.

I am.

It's why I called Helen and she said she never got my letter.

You told me it went out with the mail.

It did.

Oh, Hugh.

How could you have fallen this far?

You've ruined this kid's future.

He's barely keeping afloat.

How do you know how he's keeping afloat?

Because I saw him, Hugh.

It wasn't fair of you. It's not right.

You saw him?

Yes, I did.

And did he ask about Jade?

(CHUCKLES) Of course he did.

Did you tell him that she's arriving today?



Hugh, this is it.

How you act right now determines the rest of our lives.

Let this go.

Stop persecuting the poor kid and look at who you've become.



Excuse me. Excuse me. Pardon me. Excuse me.

Sir. I got to get back there.

You got to get back in line. Listen, my daughter may be in danger.

We have a restraining order...

Do you have a ticket for a departing flight?

Please slow down, sir. Walk.

WOMAN: Oh. Sorry.



No, David, I can't. I'm sorry.

I had to see you. I know it's crazy.

You could be arrested, David.

My dad's here. You could go to jail. I know.

Just hear me out, okay?

Two tickets.

We can leave tonight. We could go anywhere.

This isn't over, Jade.

I refuse to believe it's over.

I haven't moved on.

And I don't think you have either.

Do you love this other guy?

Do you love him like you love me?

Do you?


Of course not.

I won't love anyone like I love you.

We're leaving tonight. Okay.

Okay. We'll figure it out. Okay.

And we'll leave this place behind.

You promise?

I promise. Okay.



I got a restraining order against a guy who may have just gone through security.

She's on a flight from Providence.

She's at Gate 11 and I got to get back there. Dad.

Hi. Hi.

Are you okay? Yeah.

Okay. Is everything okay?

Yeah, it's fine. Yeah.

We're fine. Okay. Have a nice day.


Were you driving the MG?

No, it must have been Keith.

KEITH: This is the one.

When the CD player blew, we had to bring all the records downstairs.


What are you doing in here?

We were just listening.

He always had the best records.

This is not supposed to...

Oh, look at this. You scratched it.

You're supposed to put them back in the sleeves immediately.

Dad, they're just records.

These are just things. He'd want us to play them.

He's not here to ask, is he?

No, I guess he's not. (SIGHS)


Where are you going? Sabine's.

Keith, what happened?

We disturbed the museum. I can't...

Every time I try to make any kind of effort, he just lashes out at me, and I won't do it anymore.

I'm so sorry.

He has no respect for Chris' things.

He knows better.


Where are you going? I'm going with my son.


HUGH: I'm sorry, honey.


You can't make the rules for us anymore.

We're adults. Well, then act like one.

You have wanted me to choose this entire time.

Well, finally, I have.

I choose to live my own life.

I choose David.

Jade. Jade.






(WHISPERING) I'll be right out.

DAVID: Okay.



JADE: What are you doing?

Dad! Dad!

Dad, stop!


I warned you, David. You are not taking my daughter.

Whoa. JADE: Dad!

Get back in your car.

Get the hell off my property. Dad, don't! Dad!

I told you to stay away from my family!

Hey, she wants to go with me!

Please! Dad! Get back in your fucking car!

Dad, stop! You're gonna kill him!

She wants to be with me.


Let's go. Come on.




Oh, no, no.



Oh, no, no.



DAVID: Hugh? Keith?



Hugh, come on. We got to go.

Help me get his things!

There's too much smoke. Come on.

Don't open the window!



My dad and my boyfriend are inside!

Inside? Upstairs? Downstairs? I don't know!


We gotta go!

We gotta go!



Here. (GRUNTS)

You all right?

Yeah, I'm okay.




I'm okay.

Wait! Wait, where's Anne? Keith!

They're gone!





Hugh! (COUGHS)




Oh, my God.









Anne's on her way.


I couldn't save him.

I tried.

I just...

I just couldn't.

And what I've done...

The people I've hurt.

I'm sorry.

I don't know how this happened.


It's okay.

It's not too late.

I think he's been punished enough.

Let him take you to the airport.

He wants to. He told me so.



Okay. Good.

Let's go.

JADE: How are you, Mom? Will you be okay?

ANNE: I don't know. (CHUCKLES)

This is something that your father and I need to do.

It doesn't mean that a part of me won't always love him, and maybe we'll find our way back to each other, one day.

I don't want to leave you like this.

I need you to.

It's your love that inspires me, Jade. (CHUCKLES)

Inspire me every day.

Yeah? Okay.



I'm here if you need me.

And even if you don't, that's okay, too.


California? That's a long way back to Brown.

Mmm-hmm. What exactly do you have planned?

I'm sworn to secrecy, sorry.

But we've got two days before we go back to Rhode Island, so I thought I'd make them the best two days.

Tell me. I can't.


What? KEITH: Yeah.

My God.


Oh, my God.

Hey. Hey.

Mom's gonna kill you, you know that, right?

Then we'll just have to do it twice, then.

I, Keith, take you, Sabine, to be my wife.

JADE: My first love was everything all at once.

The kind you never fall back from.

Never try to.

Never want to.

A love so big, so strong, it never dies, never fades, never loses its electricity.