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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Last Date – Short Script Review (In Production) - post author Guest Reviewer

Last Date by Richard Russell is in production. Script removed.

A man and woman meet for a last date – both of them by proxy…

Ah, life’s endless agonies. Childbirth. Root canals. Ending a relationship. Because when it’s time to say “I want out”, does anyone really want to be there? Not the one being dumped. Humiliating. And the dumpee? Awwwwkkkkwardd….

We’ve all been there and done that, on both sides of the equation. And once you’ve been through the wringer several times, you don’t want to experience it again.

But what other choice does one have? Put a happy face on a ruinous relationship, sing “fifty ways to leave your lover” with harmony, or…

Pay someone ELSE to end it.

And in an opportunistic society, that scenario’s not out of the question. Because when money’s involved, there will always be someone to do your bidding. Even if the task is crushing the soul of a soured sweetheart.

But what happens when mercenaries collide?

That’s the scenario of Last Date. A chance encounter at a bar; not between ex-lovers ending a doomed relationship – but between two paid stand-ins. Meeting on behalf of “Bonnie” and “Will”, Matt and Emily are experienced masters at their jilting craft. Having researched the relationship’s history, Matt and Emily know just what to say… Everything from “It’s not you, it’s me”, to “I know about that office affair.” On behalf of their clients, Matt and Emily face off across the table – for confrontations and drinks. Both are consummate professionals… But can these actors truly separate themselves from the play?

Dryly humorous – and deceptively simple – Last Date is the perfect match for directors who groove on social commentary. A script that skewers society on multiple levels: the eternal battle between men and women… and a modern world where anything can be bought or sold. Including the pain of a Last Date.

Budget: Very low budget. All that’s needed is a single diner or bar – and a few actors with good comedic timing.

About the writer: Richard Russell lives in North Carolina where he plays golf and writes. He has been writing since college when his short stories appeared in the university literary magazine. He loves writing screenplays, and THE CALL, written with his partner, Felice Bassuk, is one of their best. They have written an award-winning feature, THE KOI KEEPER, which they hope to see on the screen in the not too distant future. Richard has a trove of shorts and feature length screenplays and continues to add to the inventory. Writing remains the sole source of sanity in Richard’s chaotic world.

About the reviewer: Michael O’Farrell is a mathematician who worked on the Space Shuttle Program and now writes fiction.

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7 Comments so far


November 25th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I thought your script was well written and I thought the idea was brilliant. My only comment was a question that is, are you quite sure you ended it exactly in the way that you wanted to, and did the manner in which you finished the story say exactly what you wanted to say. The only reason I was commenting was that it seems like your ending could either be provocative or very corny, both when Matt tells Emily he will talk to her soon, and when Roy comes in to sit down with Amber.


November 25th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I really like the idea. Not sure I would have caught on soon enough if not for the info. given before I started reading the script.


KP Mackie
November 26th, 2014 at 12:37 am

Very entertaining.
Pretty funny story idea. A “stand-in” and job interview.
Really like how the situation evolves, right down to Matt’s nod to Roy. Nice finish.
A couple lucky actors are going to love this! 🙂


Henry Christner
November 28th, 2014 at 6:05 am

Dialogue drives this story, and you don’t miss a beat . No false notes. The man-woman-chains part, though familiar ground, comes off fresh and funny.


January 15th, 2015 at 3:59 am

I like this Story. Nice Plot and Imagine.
I want to produce it? Is this possible?


SimplyScripts - Movie Scripts and Screenplays » Congratulations to Richard Russell!
May 11th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

[…] reviewed short, Last Date, has been officially been optioned by Digital Cafe, LLC.  We’ll keep you apprised as more […]


KP Mackie
June 9th, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Still a funny story.
Easy to film and fun for the actors. 🙂

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