Everything, Everything: An Abridged Script

FADE IN

EXT. OCEAN

AMANDLA STENBERG floats in tranquil turquoise water.

AMANDLA STENBERG
Greetings! I look like I’m having an awesome time, don’t I? Well, this is just my FANTASY. In REALITY, I am trapped in a sterile house 24-7 because I am ALLERGIC to EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN – LITERALLY. I would probably DIE if I went outside. I’ve been stuck here since I was a baby. Most people with my disorder die before TWO. Only my NURSE and her DAUGHTER know I even exist outside my mom. Depressed yet?

AUDIENCE MEMBER
Wait, how is it possible that you’re that sick, yet you’ve never once been to a hospital? What about things like medication and vaccinations? Why…

AMANDLA STENBERG
My mom’s a DOCTOR, okay? She takes care of all of that doctor stuff. No one seems to think it’s a breach of ethics for her to be her daughter’s only full-time physician. Logic’s not this movie’s strong point.

AUDIENCE MEMBER
Okay, then.

INT. STERILE HOUSE
AMANDLA’s MOM, ANIKA NONI ROSE cancels her night out so that she can stay home with AMANDLA for a fun night of Scrabble, keeping everything sterilzed and ironing one of her daughter’s many interchangeable WHITE SHIRTS.

ANIKA NONI ROSE
Isn’t this fun, honey?

AMANDLA STENBERG
If you say so, Mom.

The DOORBELL RINGS, and ANIKA answers it. It’s NICK ROBINSON with a bundt cake.

NICK ROBINSON
Welcome! My mom baked this as an apology for moving in. Later on, you’ll understand because she’s a battered wife, and my dad’s a complete dick.

ANIKA NONI ROSE
(recoils like he offered her a plate of dead spiders)

NICK ROBINSON
Not a fan of bundt then? That’s all right. By the way, is your daughter around?

ANIKA NONI ROSE
Well, that didn’t take long. Get out of here, you horndog. I knew that cake was just a lame excuse. You probably bought it at the corner store.

NICK ROBINSON
(makes adorable sad face; slowly leaves, while AMANDLA watches both adorably and sadly from her tower.

EXT. EVENING

NICK ROBINSON is in his house watching AMANDLA in hers. They exchange many flawless-complexioned, dewy eyed, wistful gazes. Finally, he writes his CELL NUMBER on a piece of paper and holds it up.

AMANDLA STENBERG
Well, that beats a boombox.

(texts Nick, begins adorable romance)

INT. STERILE HOUSE
AMANDLA’s day nurse, ANA de la REGUERA chats with AMANDLA.

ANA de la REGUERA
Boy, you seem perky lately. You’ve even started wearing colored tops – how’d you manage that?

AMANDLA STENBERG
Who knew it was so easy to get a CREDIT CARD online when technically no one knows you exist? How did I not figure this out sooner?

ANA de la REGUERA
This wouldn’t have anything to do with NICK next door now, would it?

AMANDLA STENBERG
We haven’t done anything yet! Just eye-flirted. Don’t tell mom.

ANA de la REGUERA
I won’t. In fact, I’ll go a step further and allow you two to meet when she’s not around, if you promise to stay on opposite sides of the room.

AMANDLA STENBERG
(crosses fingers behind back)
No problem!

INT. STERILE HOUSE

NICK ROBINSON
I’m floppy haired and good looking in a boy band androgynous way. I have a grim family secret and a dark outlook on life. Boy, you look cute all the way over there.

AMANDLA STENBERG
I’m radiant which sort of calls into question why I think I’m sick, but let’s chalk it up to first love. I want to be an ARCHITECT, which is sad because the odds of my ever leaving home are nil. I’ve never fallen in love before, but I definitely am now.

(moves a few steps closer)

NICK ROBINSON
If you could go out of the house and do anything, what would you like to do?

AMANDLA STENBERG
Go see the ocean.

(moves closer so that they are now within touching distance)

NICK ROBINSON
Well, it sounds like we’re destined to be soul mates, even after just one brief encounter.

AMANDLA STENBERG
Obviously! We’re so cute together, the AUDIENCE wants to pinch our cheeks. How could our love be wrong?

EXT. OUTSIDE NICK’s HOUSE

AMANDLA watches in horror as NICK’s BAD DAD shoves him, then runs out of the house, followed a heartbeat later by ANIKA.

ANIKA NONI ROSE
What the hell are you doing? You could die! Get back inside.

AMANDLA STENBERG
(goes back inside)
Oh, MOM, my life sucks! I don’t want to lose NICK!

ANIKA NONI ROSE
(real line)
He’s not “your Nick.”

AMANDLA STENBERG
All right, Mom. You might have a point. I will retire to my room in a bizarrely mature fashion to consider this.

She does. Then SHE and NICK BREAK UP. Then they don’t. Then they sort of do – but by this point, who’s keeping track?

EXT. OUTSIDE NICK’s HOUSE

AMANDLA STENBERG
(carrying bags)
Hi, long time, no see. Wanna go to Hawaii with me? I bought tickets online.

NICK ROBINSON
Well, now, this is a surprise. Luckily, it’s summer and I can take a few days off to go with you, so why the heck not? Jeez, this movie has more PLOT HOLES than SWISS CHEESE, but who cares?

They GO and have an ADORABLE TIME until AMANDLA collapses and is rushed to the hospital!

INT. BACK IN STERILE HOUSE

AMANDLA gets the phone.
Hello?

VOICE AT OTHER END
Hi, this is the doctor who attended you when you got sick in Hawaii recently. Your chart says you’re sick, but the odds that someone with your immune system has that DISEASE are VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT.

AMANDLA STENBERG
Well, that is definitely a bombshell that has just exploded everything I thought I knew. Thanks for calling!

DISTRAUGHT, AMANDLA rummages through her MOM’s HOME OFFICE but does not find anything REMOTELY RELATED to her ILLNESS. UH OH. Then right on cue, ANIKA bursts in!

ANIKA NONI ROSE
What do you think you’re doing?

AMANDLA STENBERG
I can’t find any paperwork remotely related to my ILLNESS, what’s going on?

ANIKA tries to put her off, but is finally forced to admit that AMANDLA isn’t ill at all!

ANIKA NONI ROSE
But, you must understand, your brother and father died when you were a baby, and I didn’t want to lose you, too. Plus you got sick and wound up in the ER for three days, so it’s not like I didn’t have cause to be concerned, right?

AMANDLA STENBERG
Screw you! NICK’s now in NEW YORK which is a gazillion miles from here. What are the odds, I could make it onto another plane flight?

ANIKA NONI ROSE
You could always take a train, but…..

AMANDLA STENBERG
(runs out, manages to get to NY, finds NICK and declares her EVERLASTING LOVE.

NICK ROBINSON
So you aren’t sick, after all?

AMANDLA STENBERG
Nope! Maybe one day, I’ll forgive Mom, but for now, let’s be together!

They DO.

END

 

 

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