Everything (Manuscript)

Dove "Faith-Based"
Some Content May Be Objectionable
Caution: D

Synopsis

An adorable but troubled young boy, Stevie, whose parents have split up largely due to his father Kris’s drinking, has taken up with a friend, William. They pal around in their own clubhouse and forget the world’s problems. They draw up plans to secretly build a raft and to sail down the river to Bluff City. When tragedy strikes, Stevie draws within himself and it is only when youth leader Kenny comes into his life that hope is renewed.

Dove Review

This is a very detailed and solid story with talented musical accompaniment from Kenny Wood, the script’s author. In fact, one would suspect that Kenny did what the title of the story suggests, “everything”. The songs are placed in specific scenes. This practice really adds to the power of the script, which already contains a powerful and compelling story. The plot is plausible and the dialog is realistic.

A troubled young man, Stevie, is troubled because his father has been a heavy drinker and his parents have split up. On top of this he finally gets a best friend, named Will, who defends him, but without plot spoiling a tragedy occurs and Stevie becomes a troubled young soul. Then youth minister Kenny comes into his life and hatches a plan with Stevie’s mother to give young Stevie the adventure and hope he needs. The story culminates with a strong ending which brings a surprise into Kenny’s life too and the promise of a hopeful future for his own personal life.

There is a realistic scene included with a group of rough characters drinking, smoking and smoking marijuana. It is brief but due to this activity we can award the script our Faith-Based Seal as opposed to our Dove Seal. If the marijuana scene were to be removed and just referred to by someone or completely removed, we could award the story our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. This is a powerful story and the author has placed his soul into this work, with a solid manuscript and nicely produced songs recorded on CD. The songs include “Pushbutton World”, “How Long?” and Dandelion Parachutes”. There are many other songs which can be used. Kenny is talented and can pick a mean guitar as well as sing. He obviously put a lot of thought into the placement of the songs, which always appropriately accompany the scene. I hope to see this movie when it is completed and in my opinion this is a lovely script which deserves that opportunity.

The story’s themes of hoping for change, that good turns toward people come back around, and the possibility of a fresh start are all nicely handled in this manuscript.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Butt-1; "Oh, dear God!" but not said in irreverence.
Violence: Arguments between a couple; a bully picks on a boy but is stopped; a character holds a sling shot on another character; a character is struck by a car and dies; characters throw rocks at an old man's mailbox; a man on a bike accidentally rides into a mailbox and knocks it over but offers to replace it.
Drugs: A few characters drink and smoke cigarettes and smoke a marijuana cigarette in one scene and try to entice another character to join them; a father who battles alcoholism does get help; a scene in which a cooler containing beer falls off a truck and spills.
Nudity: None
Other: A man is hateful with a boy in church and tells him to stop singing; a fighting couple which causes their son grief and he cries; church service which includes prayer; a man is seen in a group rehab program.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Manuscript
Company: KidzBoox Come to Life
Writer: Kenneth R.Wood ll
Genre: Drama