MUSIC: "You Can't Roller Skate In a Buffalo Herd"
INSERT: Studio logos.
Grainy footage of a man in a cowboy hat with a guitar, singing the song:
You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd.
No, you can't roller skate in a buffalo herd.
INT. BACKSEAT OF BLUE SEDAN - DAY
The music cuts out. We hear the sounds of a very noisy car in the
background. JAKE sits in the middle of the backseat, between his
friends ROB and PAUL. They're all about 16 years old.
Yeah you can.
This song. You can roller skate in a
It's just a stupid song. Besides, you
You totally can.
I don't know why you'd want to anyway.
Quick zoom and freeze on Jake's face, making a whooshing noise.
MUSIC: Acoustic guitar rock introduction begins.
EXT. PARK - SUNSET
Jake roller skates alone in a park at sunset, moving toward the
In a nation that said you can't.
Same scene, from a distance, Jake rolling away.
He said, "I can."
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
Jake stands up at his desk, interrupting his TEACHER's lesson.
I'm going to roller skate. . .
In a buffalo herd.
MUSIC: Same song, but now the music starts to gets heavy.
INT. SCHOOL GYMNASIUM - DAY
Jake roller skating in the school gymnasium.
Crowds in same gymnasium cheering.
INT. JAKE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Jake and his JAKE'S MOM stand in front of the sink.
The song says you can't do it.
And I say I can!
EXT. JAKE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Jake wipes off a bloody nose as he walks toward the front porch of
his house at night. His FATHER stands on the porch. They look at
each other meaningfully.
Jake, you're throwing your
INT. JANEY'S HOUSE - DAY
JAKE and his girlfriend JANEY sit on a couch.
This is my life.
EXT. OUTSIDE - DAY
Jake looks past the camera importantly, standing proudly in
To prove that stupid song wrong.
EXT. CITY STREET - DAY
JAKE'S GRANDFATHER and Jake sitting on a bench at a bus stop.
You really think you can do it, Jake?
Yes, grandpa. I know I can.
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
Jake walks ahead of Paul in a hallway full of lockers.
It's just a stupid song, man!
EXT. PARK - DAY
Close up of Jake tying the laces on his skates.
Text: "In a land governed by rules"
Something inanely patriotic. With roller skating.
Text: "He dared to challenge everything"
MUSIC: Hip hop remix of "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd"
EXT. JAKE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Same porch scene as before, but now Jake and his father are talking.
You could lose everything, son.
Without this, dad,
Jake sits down next to a tree overlooking a valley at sunrise.
JAKE (V.O., CONT'D)
I have nothing.
A buffalo herd, dominating the planes.
Text: "Buffalo Herd."
All those credits that go at the end of a trailer.