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Another Earth

A movie directed by Mike Cahill

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  • Dec 6, 2011
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FADE IN: 

Spoiled brat Brit Marling is driving home shitfaced listening to the exposition on the radio when she sees Another Earth in the sky.

CUT TO another car containing a perfect family.

WILLIAM MAPOTHER
Holy shit, this family's so nuclear I'm amazed Iran hasn't tried to weaponize it.

Brit Marling like totally runs a light or something and wipes out the nuclear family's car - KA-POW! - even though there are no other cars within 50 miles and William Mapother must have been blind to not see her coming like 2 miles away. Or whatever. Dead kid is artisticaly are placed on the road just for the Sundance crowd.

INT - MISERABLE PRISON CELL CEILING CAM - DAY

Brit sits in the corner and we see that in prison you have to poop in public. Gross. Brit has to become the bitch of a prison lesbian named Scratcher who got the nickname from killing her husband with a nail file. Yeah, I know, a married lesbian. Oh wait, we just cut the most interesting scene in the film. Back to pooping in public.

TITLE CARD - "4 YEARS LATER" No really, it just feels like the backstory has taken a long time.

INT - TEMPING AGENCY OR SOMETHING - DAY Brit acts like someone coming out of Joliet by not combing her hair and looking generally dishevelled. 

TEMPING CHICK
With a brain as big as yours I could get you a super swick job designing lasers or some shit.

BRIT
No I was going with a hot body and good luck to become a trophy wife but now my life's ruined so I want to clean toilets forever.

TEMPING CHICK
Ok. Whatever.

EXT - WILLIAM MAPOTHER'S HOUSE - DAY

Brit shows up at Bill's house. He acts his butt off to show how distraught he is about the death of his family - he's even taking some non-descript pills while he can stare at their photo frames.

BRIT
Weren't you in Lost?

BILL
Yeah. And The Grudge. I'm like William Fichtner. I'm in 90% of all movies and nobody's ever stopped me for a fucking autograph.

BRIT
Can I clean your house for free? It's a trial. Or a metaphor. Or whatever.

BILL
As long as I can mope around that'll be cool.

BRIT
Sweet.

CUT TO montage of her cleaning, both of them chatting and laughing, and something like Pretty Woman meets Sleeping With The Enemy. Oh wait, you have to spend 30 minutes watching this so we're not doing the montage now. Crap.

INT - BILL'S HOUSE - DAY

Bill and Brit are giving each other a good 'cleansing', if you know what I mean. Hot, sweaty, arty and tastefully directed missionary all around. Kind of like sex in the 1950s.

BILL
Wow this cleaning service has benefits.

BRIT
Yeah, weird right? By the way, I've entered a competition to be the only human to get in a spaceship and fly to that other earth that's in the title.

BILL
Ha, what are the odds of you winning that? Oh, I just saw the title. Well, shall I put the spaceman in my rocket one more time?

BRIT
If you think that euphemism was a stretch, wait til you see the end of this movie.

INT - SOMEWHERE. OR WHATEVER - DAY, NIGHT?

BRIT'S BROTHER
I put a note on your door.

BRIT
Really? Couldn't we have just cut this scene and shown the note.

BRIT'S BROTHER
Yeah, but the screenplay needed a couple more pages since the studio said it would be a TV movie otherwise.

BRIT
Good God. Tell me more about the note.

CUT TO - Millionaire on the phone

MILLIONAIRE
Hi I've got so much money I can do all sorts of bizarre shit.

BRIT
Wow. I've cleaned so many toilets that one day I want to become one.

MILLIONAIRE
I've currently got a project where I'm trying to stuff the Gobi desert into a poodle. Interested? Anyway, I'm going to fly you to that big shiny thing in the sky.

BRIT
What, the sun?

MILLIONAIRE
No, dipshit, you're thinking of Sunshine, that other movie nobody saw. The Another Earth is where you're going.

INT - BILL'S HOUSE - DAY
Brit shows up at Bill house, which has happened like 5 times already.

BRIT
Let me tell you a story about a girl who did something really bad and had to live with it.

BILL
Is this like one of those Swedish books about the girl who drank lighter fuel or something?

BRIT
No. Have you ever had a spider in the car?

BILL
Yeah - I almost drove over a taco truck trying to kill that thing!

BRIT
Well I saw a big Another Earth in the sky and crash.

BILL
That's understandable. Hell, that's like looking in the rear mirror and seeing a clown or something.

BRIT
Yeah, plus I was drunk and killed your family.

BILL
Shit you could have mentioned that before I banged you harder than a Salvation Army drum. You know I was in CSI Miami as well?

He slaps her and they argue. CUT TO - LATER Brit stares at a lot of things for a while. This part of the script is sponsored by the makers of Drive.

BRIT
Here's my ticket to the Another Earth. You have it.

BILL
Oh, so you think my family's still alive on duplicate Earth? Deep.

BRIT
Yeah, it's a stretch given that the exposition earlier showed that everyone there does exactly the same shit we do so there's no way they're alive.

BILL
Isn't anyone concerned about what happens when that big shiny thing in the sky hits us?

BRIT
What, the sun?

BILL
No, the freaking Another Earth.

BRIT
Yeah, you'd think we'd all be partying like t'wer 1999 but instead I'm cleaning toilets and moping around your place.

BILL
Ok, whatever I'm off to my spaceship to go back to a life of sexual frustration.

EXT - BILL'S HOUSE - DAY

Brit is in the garden staring at something. RACK FOCUS to another Brit staring back at her. How fucking deep is that, Sundance? Word.

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December 13, 2011
LOL! pretty entertaining write up...I would give this more thumbs on the "fun to read" scale if I could! thanks!
December 13, 2011
Thanks William - I think I'm going to try out this format for some new titles... :-D
 
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review by . March 01, 2012
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Another Earth is unworldly, economical, sad, hopeful, fulfilling. Maybe.       Seventeen-year-old Rhonda Williams (Bret Marling) is a bright kid with a promising future. She’s part of a nice, middle-class family. She also is sometimes wild and irresponsible. When she drives off in the family car one night, she’s drunk. She crashes head on into a car driven by the composer and teacher, John Burroughs (William Mapother). The crash kills Burroughs’ pregnant …
review by . September 28, 2012
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review by . December 31, 2011
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'Another Earth' is the kind of movie that deserves some pondering and a second look. There's a tptation to pigeon hole our expectations into making this a great space adventure, but it's not. It is science fiction, but if my memoty serves me correctly from high school, this is soft (i.e. read social issues based, rather than hard (i.e. read science technology based) science fiction voyage. Some can be both, and this one is also both, but is far more the former than the latter.    Cosmic …
review by . January 19, 2012
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***1/2 out of ****    I know, I know; "Another Earth" is not, in the slightest, an easy film to like. It is depressing, slow, and somber; enhanced by the moody cinematography of its maker. But the writer and director, Mike Cahill, has made a film that isn't easy to like also very easy to admire; and I consider that to be some kind of achievement. It may not be great one; but regardless, Cahill has made a film that quenched my thirst for intrigue. It's daring, it's brilliant, …
review by . July 23, 2011
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Star Rating:         Perhaps it’s both the greatest strength and the biggest weakness of Another Earth that it’s open to interpretation. On the one hand, you’re not bound by the constraining intentions of the filmmakers; you’re free to put your own spin on the plot, the characters, and the imagery. On the other hand, if you have no narrative guidelines to fall back on, you may paradoxically be constrained by the latitude you’re given. I …
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