Two white-haired denizens of an old-folks’ home marvel at the wondrous capabilities of their cell phones.
Smartphone technology; ain’t it a marvelous thing? Gimmicky gags. Addictive games. The freshest gossip on celebrities. She takes her kids to school! I take my kids to school! Famous people really are just like the rest of us! From Foursquare to Angry Birds, seems like there’s an app for everything.
Except for keeping people connected together. At least in any meaningful way.
What image pops into your head with this description? Eyes glued to the latest Smartphone/iPhone/Android/Fire Gizmo device, oblivious to the world around them? Probably a gaggle of teens at the mall – pants hanging down to their knees. If so, then App Happy has already usurped your expectations.
‘Cause the current generation isn’t the only one distancing itself from life….
Edging into his 80s, George parks his wheelchair at Deering Oaks Senior Living, wasting away his Golden Years hammering frantically at his phone. His latest obsession: Flaming Weasel, the hottest new game for the digital scene. His friend Maude doesn’t see the appeal. Her idea of fun (when not catching slasher films on movie night) is getting the latest updates on the Kardashians. Even the most trivial members of Team-K… from her newfangled Koo Koo Kardashian app.
Yep, today’s technology is a dazzling wonder. And it’s great to while away the time. Who cares if you’re stuck in a senior home if you can focus on gathering Farmville Snorkers, or Twittering a Kardashian Chihuahua’s latest potty mishap.
Such things may be entertaining… but they distract us from a phone’s first and best function – the ability to call home. And connect us with our loved ones.
Written in a goofy, light-hearted tone, App Happy’s a satirical commentary on the modern world we live in – no matter our age. It’ll make audiences smile, and tug on your heart. Far more effectively than Grumpy Cat.
About the writers: Scott & Paula Merrow are a husband and wife screenwriting team. Since 2006, they’ve written over 50 short screenplays, several of which have been produced. They tend toward family-friendly scripts, but they’ve written a little bit of everything: horror, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy,… the whole nine yards. They’re reachable at scott-paula “AT” comcast.net
Budget: Low – an ideal fit for indie directors on a budget, but rich on comedic timing. One location – a few life-experienced actors, and a couple wheelchairs.
About the Reviewer: Zach Jansen is an award-winning and produced screenwriter from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He enjoys spending time with his kids, anything movies, and sitting at his desk pounding out his next script. If for some reason you want to learn more about him, you can check out his IMDb page or quasi-frequently updated blog.
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