Starting Over Script

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Director:Alan J. Pakula
Written by:James L. Brooks (Writer)

Script Synopsis:After being ditched by his ambitious singer wife, a middle-aged man suffers a crisis of confidence. He begins to forge a new relationship with an equally insecure teacher, until the wife attempts a reconciliation.

Terms of Endearment

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Director:James L. Brooks
Written by:James L. Brooks (Screenplay), Larry McMurtry (Novel)

Script Synopsis:Aurora and her daughter, Emma march to the beat of different drums. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be.


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Director:James L. Brooks
Written by:James L. Brooks (Author)

Script Synopsis:Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms.

I’ll Do Anything

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Director:James L. Brooks
Written by:James L. Brooks (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy Breslow is made complicated, while the precocious child is overly accustomed to getting her own way. Matt eventually faces the choice of family vs career in a particularly difficult way.

How Do You Know

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Director:James L. Brooks
Written by:James L. Brooks (Writer)

Script Synopsis:After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.

Broadcast News

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Director:James L. Brooks
Written by:James L. Brooks (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance.

As Good As It Gets

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Director:James L. Brooks
Written by:Mark Andrus (Screenplay), James L. Brooks (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.