There's No Place Like "A Home"
Screenplay by Frank Rogala

Adapted from the book
Retards, Rebels and Slackers by Jaina Bell.

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Awkward Comedy - in that the laughs are in the tense pauses ala Little Miss Sunshine/Superbad/The Office.
Drama in an update of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest moving the setting from State Hospitals for the Mentally Infirm to neighborhood group homes for the Intellectually Disabled and Mentally Ill (maybe in a house next door to you).

When a free-spirited young woman finds unexpected work in a publicly supported home for the "intellectually disabled," she has to fight to save the facility from a forced take over by a ruthless private company and in the process rescue the only family she has ever really known and save the only man she truly loves.

Gina is a free spirited, 30-something woman who has just broken up with her boyfriend and finds herself living in her van. She almost runs over Daniel, when driving her van while looking at a map.

Gina finds herself taken in by the people at Daniel's work � a support home for adults who are developmentally disabled. Overworked, underpaid, and understaffed, Gina helps the staff of the public home care for clients who can't take care of themselves.

She discovers her gift for this type of work and Gina finds herself falling for Daniel, here on a work permit from Darfur, Africa.  Daniel is a generous soul who has recently lost his entire family. But a ruthless private care facility sabotages Gina's place of work and instigates a hostile takeover. 

It's up to Gina and her new intellectually disabled friends to unravel the mystery of what happened. In the process Gina discovers that she saving the first real home and family that she has ever really had, as well as the only man who she has ever really loved.

But wait! that's not the end of the story.  After solving the mystery and celebrating success our gang has the rug pulled out from under them yet again - by the State Legislature who, during a budget impasse, freezes the meager funds that keeps the home's doors open. 

They decide to head to the Capital to stage a protest rally.  Time is of the essence because they are all about to be evicted onto the street.  Just as they are about to leave all of the company vans are repossessed. 

Time for a comedy style convoy to the Capital where Gina and her new friends have to figure out how to get the attention of the politicians and the media before it is too late.

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Character Breakdown:

Gina - 30ish free spirited woman jeans and tee shirt.
Ideal actors: Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston,  Juliette Lewis

Vonnie - 30ish bawdy woman, Gina's new best friend
Ideal actors: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz

Daniel - 30ish East African man here on a work permit from Darfur, Africa
Ideal actors: Will Smith, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Rick - 30 ish biker dude, long hair, irreverant, good hearted, chick magnet
Ideal actors: Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey

Rhonda Fae Baker - 60 -70's African American woman, was a 60's radical now a matron of the agency.
Ideal actors: Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

Graham - 30ish white boy with dreadlocks who morphs into a short haired corporate worm.
Ideal actors: Brad Pitt

Helen Stepford - 55- 60ish very proper, pastel dressed prim woman that exudes the evil within.
Ideal actors: Sigourney Weaver, Meryl Streep


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