Doughboy (Manuscript)

Dove "Family-Approved"
For All Ages

Synopsis

What an awesome story! It is truly remarkable and inspiring. A young would-be filmmaker named Tory (Short for Victor after his father), sixteen, is the son of peace-loving parents who remember 9/11 and want nothing to do with war efforts or reminders of any war. When Tory is falsely accused of egging a doughboy, a […]

Dove Review

What an awesome story! It is truly remarkable and inspiring. A young would-be filmmaker named Tory (Short for Victor after his father), sixteen, is the son of peace-loving parents who remember 9/11 and want nothing to do with war efforts or reminders of any war. When Tory is falsely accused of egging a doughboy, a statue of a soldier, he is assigned to a veteran’s home to do community service. Despite his parents’ unhappiness with the arrangement, Tory winds up working for Annie, the supervisor of the home who is under stress to raise funds to keep the home going.

Soon, despite Tory’s seemingly apathetic views toward war and his country, he meets a young woman named Jill who sings for the vets and to whom he is attracted. When he meets a young war vet named Mitch, the interactions of the characters and the story begin to speed toward the answers of the questions raised in the plot. Why can’t Tory remember 9/11, even though he was six years old? What secret is Jill hiding? And, in addition, what secret is Mitch hiding? And why does no one know the mysterious character Joe, who needles Tory about his indifference? I found myself wanting to speed to the conclusion of the story to find out the answers and to see how it would all end. The writer manages to construct a believable and well-crafted story into a dramatic screenplay which, despite the subject matter, is free of content issues and one the entire family could enjoy, if the future film sticks to the script. This writer has something to say and does so through interesting and believable characters and a story line which works very well. The themes include moving on despite pain and becoming involved in people’s lives. Another important theme in this story is to remember the veterans who fought for our country. This story is inspiring and gives the reader a satisfying conclusion. Five Doves from us, our highest rating!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: OMG-2
Violence: An egg is thrown at a statue and the wrong person is blamed; a character throws detergent on another one; it's mentioned a land mine went off and a truck overturned and one man died and one was injured.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Prayer over food and Jesus' name is used in prayer; the topic of war and death and grief; the possible appearance of an angel; a character writes "War is Murder" on a wall and the wrong person is blamed; a family disagreement over the war.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Manuscript
Company: Fly Over Films, LLC
Writer: Ty DeMartino
Genre: Drama