WINNERS

Log Line

After an uppity woman moves into a rundown retirement community, she befriends a group of peers who are determined to win the lottery.

Synopsis

MIRANDA (70s), a snobby woman with an extensive history of plastic surgery, moves into the  Amber Views Retirement Village. The community  has seen better days, evidenced by untended gardens and cracked concrete paths. MAGGIE and JEAN, two elderly residents, judge Miranda’s behavior and excessive possessions. Miranda’s process of moving in involves whacking her nephew MATTHEW with her purse and acting as if she owns the place. Miranda remains unimpressed during the check in procedure. She disapproves of the
apparent relationship between RODNEY (30s), the manager, and STACEY (20s), the head receptionist. Meanwhile, BOB (60s), CHARLIE  (70s)  and TED (80s) sneak off to the strip club with the community bus driver, BERNIE (50s). Whether it’s under the guise of fishing or golfing, they make a habit of this adventure. The next day, Ted receives a letter during the  group trip to the drug store. It’s from his unknown, illegitimate son, ELIJAH. Elijah works as a counselor, just like Ted did. Ted becomes emotional – his marriage never produced any children. As Miranda grows accustomed to Amber Views, she gradually sheds her stuck-­up attitude. She falls for Bob after he invites her to dinner one night. She also bonds with Maggie and Jean when they pressure her into attending the salon. After the women come back from the hairdresser’s and the men return from “fishing”, the group spots an ambulance outside HENRY’s villa. Henry, known for his frequent sexual role-play with another resident, JUDITH, died in his sleep. They discuss the sudden passing during a  game of cards that night. Jean hatches a plan to buy tickets in the upcoming $75 million lottery. Her recent hot streak has been impressive. Between winning money from gambling and literally finding cash on the ground, the timing seems right. Everyone feels compelled to contribute for various reasons. Charlie hopes to marry  Jean, but neither possesses the resources. Miranda wants to go overseas with Bob when he visits and accepts his gay son, but she also overhears worrying news about Amber Views’ financial situation. Maggie learns about a benign tumor the morning of Henry’s funeral. It’s operable, but her insurance won’t cover it. Jean buys only two tickets.  Remarkably, one turns out to be the winner. The elated group embraces after the drawing. Charlie proposes to Jean on the spot.
Elijah attends the wedding with Ted. They plan to open a foundation for troubled youths together in Brooklyn. Jean purposely throws her bouquet to Stacey  while driving away  in her newlywed Winnebago. Rodney takes the hint and proposes. Following Maggie’s successful surgery, she accompanies Miranda and Bob to Rome.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s