Baby, Baby

1968 teen magazine

BABY, BABY short movie script (draft) by Bette Ojala, (c) 11/16/2014

 

EXT. MODEST HOUSE IN SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD — EVENING

April 1968. The sounds of a television show, and of a small dog barking, can be heard coming from inside the house. A tree is blossoming in the yard as the sun sets on a beautiful spring day.

INT. KITCHEN SAME HOUSE — SAME EVENING

LIBBY, age 15, is doing the dishes after supper in the home where she lives with her parents. Her boyfriend ANDY, age 17, brings dirty dishes in from the dining room, and helps by rinsing as Libby washes. They are having fun together. Libby turns on the kitchen radio, as the DJ announces Aretha Franklin’s new hit song, “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Libby and Andy sing along with Aretha and the background singers.

LIBBY and ANDY

Baby, baby, sweet baby (sweet sweet, ah-oo)…

They clown around, and beam happily at each other as the song continues.

LIBBY and ANDY

(Why’d you do it? Why’d you have to do it?…)

Andy kisses Libby on the cheek. She is embarrassed to see that her mother is peeking in at them from the dining room. When her mother is gone, she kisses him back.

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING — DAY

Good friends LIBBY and Stella are laughing as they run from the school building, their long hair and short skirts flying in the spring breeze. They arrive out of breath at Libby’s house nearby. Libby dashes inside and quickly reappears with the key to her brother’s old Ford convertible, parked out front.

LIBBY

I got my learner’s permit now. You got cigarettes?

Stella, smiling, holds up a pack of Kools and a lighter.

EXT. LIBBY AND STELLA RIDING IN CAR WITH TOP DOWN — SAME DAY

Libby is driving. Stella is in the passenger seat. heir hair blows in the wind and the sun is on their happy faces as they drive on a two lane highway away from town. Stella lights a cigarette and hands it to Libby, then lights one for herself. The radio is on, blasting “Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone.

EXT. LIBBY AND STELLA SITTING IN CAR PARKED IN WOODS — SAME DAY

LIBBY and STELLA are having a conversation they seem to have had before. The radio continues to play softly, “Young Girl” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

LIBBY

(looking doubtful)

I know that.

STELLA

I don’t think you believe me. But once a boy gets turned on, it hurts him if you won’t do it. It’s painful! So it’s really mean not to.

Libby shrugs, and lights another cigarette.

STELLA (CONT’D)

And you know Andy loves you.

LIBBY

Yeah, but …

STELLA

You’re just scared.

LIBBY

No, I’m not!

Stella laughs, but says no more.

EXT. GEORGETOWN STREET SCENE — WEEKEND DAY

Libby and Andy walk hand in hand along the city sidewalks. They stop at a street stand and Andy buys love-beads for Libby. They get ice cream cones. Music wafts out of shop doors as they walk by: “Jennifer Juniper” by Donovan, “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles.

INT. LIBBY AND ANDY IN HIS PARKED CAR — NIGHT

ANDY’S car is parked in a secluded spot. He and LIBBY are in the the back seat, making out and whispering to each other. The radio softly plays “La-La Means I Love You” by the Delfonics.

ANDY

Please?

LIBBY

No.

ANDY

Why not?

LIBBY

I don’t want to.

ANDY

Are you afraid?

LIBBY

No.

ANDY

I love you, Libby.

LIBBY

I love you, too! But I won’t do it, so stop asking!

INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALL LINED WITH LOCKERS — DAY

LIBBY and STELLA are talking to each other as they put books in their side-by-side lockers.

STELLA

So, will you come? Andy asked me to ask you again.

LIBBY

Why didn’t he ask me himself?

STELLA

He thinks you’re mad at him.

Libby doesn’t respond right away. She appears to be considering the invitation, and deciding whether or not she is mad at Andy.

STELLA (CONT’D)

You can tell your mom you’re spending the night with me.

LIBBY

But Andy’s parents won’t be there? Not even in the morning?

STELLA

I’ll be there. Bobby will be there. Come on, Libby, it’ll be fun!

LIBBY

And you won’t go off somewhere with Bobby and leave me alone with Andy?

STELLA

No!

LIBBY

Promise?

STELLA

Promise!

EXT. LARGE SUBURBAN HOUSE — NIGHT

Dim light escapes to the street only from the basement recreation room of Andy’s house. Andy’s car is parked out front. The sound of music can be heard, “I Got the Feelin'” by James Brown.

INT. REC ROOM OF ANDY’S HOUSE — SAME NIGHT

The clock on the rec room wall shows that it’s almost midnight. Empty soda-pop bottles are on the side tables, and an empty Fritos bag is on the floor. When the James Brown record ends, Stella puts on another one, “Love Is All Around” by the Troggs. Then Stella dims the lights further, and they all start slow-dancing: Stella with Bobby, Libby with Andy. Shortly, Stella and Bobby leave the room together. When the music ends, Libby and Andy stare silently into each other’s eyes for a moment. Then Andy takes Libby’s hand, and leads her out of the room. She does not resist.

INT. MASTER BEDROOM OF ANDY’S HOUSE — SAME NIGHT

LIBBY and ANDY are in his parents’ bedroom together. Andy gently takes Libby’s clothes off, folding them neatly and putting them on the chair. Then he undresses himself quickly.

Libby lies rigidly on her back with legs held tightly together. She looks apprehensive as Andy crawls across the king-size bed toward her. The bedside radio is on softly, playing “Take Time to Know Her” by Percy Sledge. Andy reaches over and turns it off, then dims the light, and whispers to her.

ANDY

Libby, don’t be afraid.

Andy lowers himself onto Libby, and kisses her as he reaches with one hand to probe between her legs.

ANDY (CONT’D)

Ah, you’re so sweet!

LIBBY

(voice trembling)

What are you doing?!

ANDY

I want to, I want to…

Andy thrusts himself into Libby.

LIBBY

(crying out)

Ow! You’re hurting me! I don’t think you’re doing it right!

Andy thrusts wildly, heedless of whatever Libby may be saying.

LIBBY (CONT’D)

No! Stop it!

Libby begins to cry.

LIBBY (CONT’D)

(sobbing)

No! I don’t want to! Please stop!!

ANDY

(heedlessly)

I love you … oh baby … it’s okay … it’s okay …

INT. KITCHEN OF ANDY’S HOUSE — NEXT MORNING

Libby is alone, at the kitchen table, seated stiffly with spine erect, a look of grim determination on her face. It is early, and ANDY, STELLA, and Bobby are not up yet. In front of her are a bowl, a spoon, a box of Cheerios, and a glass of milk, all arranged just so.

She hears a stir, then a still-sleepy Andy appears at the kitchen door. He smiles in her direction shyly, lovingly.

ANDY

Good morning, sweet Libby.

Libby does not respond, and is careful to keep her face blank. She picks up the Cheerio box, and pours some into her bowl.

Just then Stella and Bobby arrive in the kitchen. They are smiling, arm in arm.

STELLA

Libby’s up early! Must be hungry, huh?

Stella, Bobby, and Andy all chuckle fondly, knowingly, and look at Libby in anticipation of a response.

Libby says nothing. She picks up the glass, and pours milk on her cereal.

Stella winks at Andy, and tries again.

STELLA (CONT’D)

(smiling broadly)

I guess you’re pretty hungry this morning, aren’t you? After last night?

Stella, Bobby, and Andy all chuckle again, but more awkwardly this time.

Libby says nothing. She picks up her spoon, and takes a bite of her cereal.

Andy looks embarrassed and confused.

Libby eats the whole bowl of cereal without saying a word. Then she gets up and leaves the room. She does not acknowledge their presence.

EXT. LIBBY’S HOUSE — DAY

It is an early morning before school on a day in May. ANDY looks up at Libby’s second-story bedroom window. He tosses pebbles at it to get her attention.

ANDY

(loud whisper)

Libby! Please talk to me! Won’t you please forgive me? Libby?

Libby appears briefly at the window, says nothing, and pulls down the blind.

Andy begins to cry, and angrily throws a handful of pebbles onto the ground.

EXT. LIBBY AND STELLA IN PARKED CAR WITH TOP DOWN — EVENING

LIBBY and STELLA are smoking cigarettes and talking, sitting as usual in Libby’s convertible with the top down. The radio is on softly, playing “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin.

LIBBY

I mean it. I’m never speaking to him again.

STELLA

But, Libby, Andy loves you so much! He was crying when he told me! How can you do this to him?

Libby does not answer right away. She does not want to talk to Stella about what happened. Finally, she speaks.

LIBBY

(quietly)

I told him I didn’t want to do it. And he did it anyway.

STELLA

(exasperated)

Listen to me! It’s not his fault, because I told him you were just scared. I told him to do it. I told him you’d be all right once you knew there was nothing to be scared of. I told him you’d like it! It was my idea to have the party! It’s my fault, Libby! Please don’t take it out on Andy.

Libby waits for Stella to finish, and to calm down. Libby draws herself up in a way she imagines to be dignified, and grown up.

LIBBY

(articulating each word carefully and slowly)

Not for as long as I live. I will never speak to him again.

Stella gives up, but there are tears in her eyes. Libby starts the car, and turns onto the highway.

EXT. LIBBY AND STELLA IN CAR DRIVING ON HIGHWAY — SAME EVENING

Libby is driving and Stella is in the passenger seat, with the convertible top down. It is dusk. The radio is playing “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel. Stella scoots across the seat and hugs Libby, as they disappear into the distance on their way home.

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