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The Painful Side of the Pillow – Short Script Review (Available for Production) - posted by Guest Reviewer

The Painful Side of the Pillow by Jason K. Allen

Pillow Girl is determined to fight to create a better society. But, evil is lurking in some very unexpected places…

Who has never experienced a desire for superpowers to miraculously make the worst of their troubles merely disappear? Most comic strip and film superheroes fall into “superherohood” because of some unplanned event-such as being born with superpowers, drinking some potion, or suffering an accident- that permanently alters their physical constitution and consequently limits their ability to pursue other less noble career goals. Sometimes reluctantly, other times enthusiastically, they choose to pursue their calling and bravely set out to eradicate evil.

For Tabitha, the protagonist in Jason K. Allen’s latest work, The Painful Side of the Pillow, becoming a superhero is a conscious decision. From a young age, she knows that she would like to deploy her budding pillow-fighting abilities “…to make a positive impact on society.” She determinedly develops her skills to become the superhero she always wanted to be …Pillow Girl.

In the tradition of superheroes like the Electric Company’s Letterman, Pillow Girl is a gentle superhero. She doesn’t kill off villains or save the world from total destruction. She simply encourages people to do the right thing. And, she achieves that with a superpower that is comic. Viewers will love the campy humor as Pillow Girl thwarts everyday minor transgressions to the raving praises of the witnesses to her noble deeds.

There is so much fun in this piece that viewers will be surprised when the story twists to reveal a dark side to Pillow Girl’s trajectory of which even she was unaware, along with an enemy she had no idea existed. The Painful Side of the Pillow proves both entertaining and extremely provocative as it probes common understandings about heroes and villains, strength and weakness, and good and evil. You won’t rest until you see this one!

Budget: Low to moderate.

About the writer: Jason K. Allen is a writer and filmmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. His produced short scripts include AMERICAN SOCK, which won Best Screenplay at the 2014 San Diego Film Awards, and AUTUMN LOVERS, winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Artlightenment Festival in Nashville. He also wrote the feature film LUCKY FRITZ starring Julia Dietze (IRON SKY) and Corey Feldman. Jason is also a wilderness guide, nature photographer, and published author. See IMDB for his complete credits

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She has always loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail

7 Comments so far


Debra Johnson
October 14th, 2015 at 11:11 am

Love it! Nice superhero take. I could totally picture the movie. 🙂


Jason K. Allen
October 14th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Thanks, Debra, glad you enjoyed it!


John Cowdell
October 15th, 2015 at 9:45 am

Great! So silly and brilliant. I must check out Lucky Fritz as the trailer really made me laugh. Keep up the good work!


Jason K. Allen
October 15th, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Thank you, John, for the kind words. I’m always honored (and a bit surprised) when STS chooses to post my nonsense!


KP Mackie
October 15th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Love the visual quality. So much fun!
Chuckling is always welcome…
Well done, JKA. 🙂


Jason K. Allen
October 15th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Thanks, KP! I appreciate you all taking the time to read and for your nice comments. Glad to be part of such a supportive community.


KP Mackie
August 6th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Still a fun story! 🙂

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