Life After You (2022) Movie Script

You sleep good last night?
You know I did.
Don't forget to put the hamper
in the laundry room.
Got a mountain of dirty clothes
I gotta do when I get home
I'll give you dirty.
You'll mess up my make up!
This is disgusting.
Is that your mess
in the TV room?
The TV room.
Looks like a bomb
went off in there.
Yeah, I was gonna clean it up.
Doug and I were playing
Call of Duty.
I heard.
His mom kick him out again?
Mm, yeah, something like that.
Someone should have
called Child Protective Services
on that woman years ago.
You tell that boy he's
welcome here any time.
Will do.
I'm glad we can talk
about anything.
Hey, you're my buddy.
New band?
Ugh. Ugh!
When was the last time
you washed
that disgusting thing?
Can you just let me throw it
away, please?
No, no, I love this hoodie.
Well, then at least put
in the laundry.
You look like a hobo.
God, that's beautiful.
It's better with this.
C'mon, live a little. Go on.
How could something so bad
feel so good?
Just the way it works.
Can I get you to eat?
Uh... blueberry pancakes?
I don't have blueberries,
and I don't have time
to make you pancakes.
Oh, I'm sorry, Your Highness.
Don't let it happen again.
I'm gonna go take a nap.
You're gonna take a nap?
At 7:30 in the morning?
Don't you have a class at 9:00?
I do. I'm gonna take a cat nap.
I meant what I said.
Grades go down,
car's not around.
What am I, a broken record
over here?
Kind of.
Well, good.
Maybe this time, you'll listen.
You're not going to work
at Pasta Palace
the rest of your life, are you?
Don't know, Tito!
Can't throw a football,
but I sure can sling spaghetti
on the wall.
Very funny.
Any you guys see
where my money clip is?
Isn't it in the dish
on top of your dresser?
I thought that's where I put it.
Oh, here.
Thank you.
Why do you taste
like an ashtray?
I have no idea.
Yeah, we're gonna have to talk
about this later over my knee.
Come on, guys, gross.
And as for your butt,
get your ass
to class, mister, pronto!
- You hear me?
- Sir, yes sir!
Ham or PB&J?
What kind of ham?
The usual.
I thought it sounded
Love you, guys.
I'll see you tonight.
Yooo, busted!
It's all your fault.
I didn't do nothing.
You always do nothing.
Hey, Sally!
Thanks again
for hosting last weekend.
Oh! Our house is your house!
Ted drank too much,
but what else is new?
So did I. Don't tell anyone.
You know your secret's safe
with me.
We're having a get together
at the end of the month
if you and Tito are around.
Just close friends and family.
What's the occasion?
Greg got into Penn State!
He did? Oh!
For finance,
just like his father!
Oh, well, congratulations.
You must be so proud!
We are!
And Danny's still going
to B.C.C.?
Uh, for now. He's been looking
at some more prominent colleges.
R.I.T maybe or Cornell.
He wants to get
his feet wet first.
You know, figure out what he...
what he really wants to do
before diving in head first.
I think it's
a very mature decision.
I agree.
Well, I'll get you
the date and time
of the party as we get closer.
Okay, great.
Have a wonderful day.
You too.
- Hey.
- Hey!
Good news, Pops!
Kelly's got her book club
meeting tonight, so...
Esta noche El partidito!
Si, si, senores!
Yo soy de Boca! Yo soy de Boca!
Yo soy de Boca!
Mr. Bill Cunningham,
what's going on?
- What's up?
- Hey.
What are you two
so excited about?
Oh, big football game
in Argentina tonight.
I think you mean soccer.
Football, soccer...
it's the greatest game on earth.
What's wrong with you?
Greatest game on Earth
is when Mikey
was playing real football
for us.
Hey, I think you're doing okay
without me, coach.
Yeah, we're holding the flame.
How's it going, Tito?
Eh, same old, same old,
I'm expecting to become
a grandad!
Oh, yeah? Boy or girl?
We're waiting to see.
Good for you.
Time sure flies, huh?
- Hello.
- Hey.
Just seeing how
you're holding up.
Considering I've worked
48 days straight,
pretty good.
Make sure you're eating
and getting enough sleep.
Yes, mom.
How's everything going with you?
Just doing some
grocery shopping.
What's wrong?
You sound tired.
Danny stayed up late playing
Call of Duty.
Didn't he have class
this morning?
Uh, then why is he up late
playing video games?
He's 19, Anna. He's an adult.
So maybe he should act like one!
You're too soft on him.
You let him get away
with shit that would never
fly with Mikey and me.
I gotta go, Mom.
I'll call you later.
Why are you waiting in the cold?
I tried knocking;
No one's coming to the door.
You never have to knock.
Come inside.
Turn that down!
Si, mi amour!
Oh, my God.
It's so cool.
Can I come?
You better.
Linda, is Danny here?
He's not picking up his phone.
That's weird.
I tried texting him all day too,
and he hasn't answered.
Danny, are you in there?
You want me to try again?
Hey, Danny, open the door!
Yo soy de Boca!
Chile, cero.
Yo soy de Boca!
He's not answering the door.
Door's locked.
Get out of the way.
Oh, he's not even in here.
Oh, what's that smell?
My little guy, my little guy.
No. Dad!
Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Pull him out!
Call 911!
Oh, my God.
Breathe, breathe, God, damn it!
Baby, don't do this to me.
Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!
Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!
Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!
Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!
Breathe! Breathe!
Danny's dead.
Wake him up.
Tito, Linda.
Do either of you know
his passwords?
We used to.
He changed them
a few months back.
We wanted to give him
his privacy.
The coroner is here.
We're going to need
to do an autopsy
to determine the cause of death.
A list of his friends?
Just, you know, take your time.
I know he was with
Doug Whitmore last night.
I... I don't know. I'm sorry.
It's all right. It's okay.
That's all right.
- It is.
- I know.
I know. He's such a good kid.
It doesn't make any sense.
- Glad you could stop by.
- So sorry about your loss.
A little. I cannot.
I couldn't.
Oh, my gosh, I'd love...
He was such a good kid.
Yeah, man.
What should I say?
I don't know.
Can we just have someone else
do it?
Like who? Mom and Dad?
19-year-old Daniel
Lajterman was found
dead in his bedroom
early last night
from an apparent drug overdose.
This police department
will be working
with the DOJ to determine
the source of these drugs.
We have no suspects
at this time.
Tonight, bitter
winds return with lows in...
People have been stopping by
all day.
The fridge is full of food.
Mike and Kelly went home.
They'll be back in the morning.
I think I'm going to stay
in my old room for a while.
Where's your mother?
She's been in your room
sleeping all day.
That's good. She needs the rest.
We have to make decisions, Papa.
Are we gonna Bury him?
I will not put my son
in the ground!
I'm sorry.
We're still gonna
have a funeral.
He needs something to wear.
It's 4:00.
May I start letting people in?
- I just wanna ask you something.
- Sure.
Did any of you guys find
a watch up in Danny's room?
No. Is one missing?
Hi. How can we help you?
I was wondering if you
might have an Omega Seamaster
from the '40s?
It's kind of a vintage watch.
No, I'm sorry,
we haven't had anything
like that come into the shop.
Are you sure you want me
to send this?
They said you can take
as much time as you need.
Your mother and I
are going to take care
of the monthly payments.
But the gas is on you.
Doug said they're
hiring at Pasta Palace.
He can probably get me a gig.
A's and B's;
You start slipping into C's,
we're gonna have a problem.
Let's put this way:
Grades go down,
car's not around.
You hear me? Repeat it.
Grades come down.
Time to go to town.
- Stop clowning around!
- Hey!
Repeat after your father.
Grades go down,
car's not around.
- Okay.
- What are you doing?
Writing a contract.
I... solemnly... swear...
One less 'n', wise guy.
- Mm-hmm.
- Yes?
I solemnly swear to do
better in school,
and if I don't,
Tito can have the car back.
Amazing, I... I just finished
your plaque
this morning.
Nancy and I saw on the news.
I'm sorry.
Nancy bought you a pie.
Thank you.
It's gonna be okay.
I mean, what doesn't kill us
makes us stronger, right?
You hungry?
We were supposed to go fishing
at Mawapi Lake last week,
and he stood me up twice.
I should have known
something was up.
It was his favorite place
in the world.
It's not your fault.
You should answer it.
Hey, what's up, babe?
Why didn't you tell me?
I wanted to.
I don't know. I...
I was afraid that he would
break up with me if I did.
There's this...
house for sale
over on Church Street.
Had this open house
a few months ago,
and Danny pretended
we were interested.
The agent didn't buy it
for a second but,
you know, Danny could get
people to do
pretty much anything he wanted.
She gave us this tour.
Six, seven, eight...
He talked about all the ways
that we were gonna decorate.
I mean, we both knew that it
was all a joke, but somehow,
it also felt, like,
totally real.
Let's go.
Daddy, where are you?
Not too hot or too cold.
I don't wanna
ever be that happy again.
I'm gonna be the mermaid.
Mm, something smells good!
Well, all right!
I'll just... I'll set the table.
I'll get the syrup.
No, no, I'll get it.
I'll get it.
Um, Linda, Linda, what do you
doing... babe, babe?
It's okay.
I'm so sorry.
It's okay, sweetie.
We'll just make more pancakes.
We can't make more.
I don't have
any more blueberries.
We'll just make plain.
Plain pancakes.
He didn't want plain.
No, no, no.
Here you are.
Oh, thank you.
Thanks again, Dr. King,
for showing up
on such short notice.
You're welcome.
- I really appreciate it.
- Mm.
No, I'm just glad that
I had a break in my schedule.
So do we want to start
with, uh, what happened
It's okay, um,
we can start with how
you've been sleeping.
Not good.
We've both been having
a hard time.
It's, uh...
It's important for you
to take care of yourselves.
So I'm going
to prescribe you both
a sleep aid.
No drugs.
I'm sorry?
It could help.
I don't wanna sleep.
How about if I write
you the prescription,
and if you decide not
to fill it,
it's up to you, but it's
there if you need it?
I like your stickers.
Who put those there?
My daughter.
How old is she?
We got into his email
and his social media accounts,
but we're still locked
out of his phone.
What's that video?
Click on that.
I want his friends
here tomorrow.
I want to know
what the hell is going on.
Where are you?
Want to get out of here?
You might want to think about
staying on the road there, slick.
Where are we going?
You'll see.
It would be better with this.
Come on.
Live a little.
Come on.
Isn't this nice?
I'm so mad at you.
I know.
How could you do
something so stupid?
That's what kids do, Mom.
Don't give me that crap.
You're smarter than that.
Apparently not.
One day, it was just there,
and I thought,
"It can't be worse
than how I feel now."
So I tried some.
And it felt amazing.
The universe opened up,
and I was finally part of it.
I felt so light.
Like I floated up out of myself
until I was way up there.
And all the noise in my head
just stopped.
And there was this silence.
I didn't have to think about
everyone that went away
to really great schools.
Or how I came home
smelling like a deep fryer
every night.
All that mattered
was that feeling,
and I'd do anything
to find it again.
And again.
And again.
Why didn't you tell me?
I could have helped you.
I wanted to tell you, Mom.
But I wanted the drug more.
Remember that one time
he straightened his hair,
and then he went to school
with Colleen's headband?
When he used to get
on his tippy toes,
and he'd do
this crazy little, like,
dance of his?
Oh, my God, that was
his signature move, man.
told me...
at Thanksgiving that
he tried it with Doug.
They got it from some kid
at the Pasta Palace.
I... I couldn't believe it.
I told him he was stupid.
He agreed with me.
And when we got back
from Christmas,
we had an intervention.
We were up all night
with the two of them.
Why didn't you tell any of us?
They... they made us
promise not to tell.
We talked to them for, like,
six hours straight.
They said they'd never
touch it again.
He was your best friend.
And you let him kill himself!?
Get out!
You guys fucked up.
This is all on you!
Open up. We know you're home.
We want to talk to your son,
I wanna talk to Doug!
No, I want these thugs
off my property.
- Uh-huh.
- I'm filing a restraining order.
I don't feel safe.
I understand, Mrs. Whitmore.
Well, she's filing
a restraining order
against you two.
Doug and Danny
were using together.
Doug is one of the first kids
I spoke to, but he wouldn't
tell me anything because his
got him lawyered up the wazoo.
Let me talk to him.
It's not up to me.
He will talk to me, Brian.
Turning Point, how can
I direct your call?
Uh, hello, yes, I'd like
to speak with Douglas Whitmore.
Who can I say is calling?
Linda Lajterman.
One moment, please.
Hello, Mrs. Lajterman?
I'm unable to put your
call through at this time.
It's... it's very important.
- I'll let Doug know you called.
- No, please!
He'll call you if and when
he's ready; Goodbye now.
Let me speak to her.
She hung up.
Mrs. Lajterman?
It's... Doug.
Mr. Brennan,
you are charged
with first degree,
strict liability
for drug-induced death,
second degree manslaughter,
hindering apprehension,
and tampering with evidence.
How do you plea?
Not guilty.
Those aren't getting bought?
I know they're not gonna...
But that's... that's what
they asked for.
No, no, no, no, that's
because of the...
I'm gonna go to the shop.
Do you want me to pick
anything up on my way home?
I'll, uh...
This is my brother, Anthony.
I'll call you later.
And this is my brother, Adam.
When I see a fixer-upper,
I see dollar signs.
Looks like it came into us
a couple of weeks ago
by a Daniel Lajterman.
Do you still have it?
Actually sold it the next day.
Can you tell me
who you sold it to?
I... I can't tell you that.
Come on, man.
Not for free.
I hope you're hungry.
Oh, that smells amazing!
I put some chili peppers
in there
- to give it an extra kick!
- Oh...
Where's Anna?
Oh, she just texted me.
She got caught up at work.
Well, anyway, I don't know
about you guys,
but I'm starving.
Are you okay?
Baby's really acting up today.
I'm okay.
I'm gonna be a grandad
Here. Hand me your plate.
Isn't he handsome?
Ted and Sally must be
over the moon.
I heard it was the most
competitive year on record.
It's so good to see you!
Is... is Tito here too?
Would you like a drink?
Uh, Ted's Signature cocktail
is the Nittany Lion,
and I have no idea what's in it
but it's... it's not half-bad.
We were going to invite you...
after what happened,
I was afraid it would be
in poor taste.
How are you?
I'm sorry.
That was a stupid question.
I'm terrible in situations
like this.
I don't know what to say.
I wanted to call you,
but I figured you wouldn't want
to be bothered
with so many people
calling your house.
No one talks to us anymore.
It just scared me.
You know?
Thanks for letting me know.
God damn it!
Maurice made bail.
His lawyers got it reduced,
and his family got him out.
He's under house arrest.
Can I help you?
Are you Terry Wright?
And who wants to know?
You bought a watch from
a pawn shop a few weeks ago.
How'd you get my address?
Can I buy it back from you?
Man, get off my porch.
I have cash!
It's not for sale.
Name your price!
It's not for sale!
No shorts. Straight money.
Give me that!
Get out of here.
Get the fuck out of here.
The fuck is you doing?
This is what you do?
You sell poison to kids?
I sell high quality shit
for paying customers.
Now won't you give
that back to my boy
before you open a door
you can't walk through?
You see this, my man?
Are you fucking crazy?
Whatchu gon' do with that?
We're strapped out here, my man.
Don't you come any closer.
I'll fucking hit you, man.
I'll fucking break
your head open.
Hey, hey, hey; Yo, I got that
thing you was looking for.
- Yeah.
- Yo, T. This your boy?
Yeah, yeah,
he's an old acquaintance.
We served time together.
Tell him to move his car 'cause
he's scaring away my customers.
I got you. I got you.
Yo, you got a death wish?
Come on.
You know, Meeko, he don't play.
I'm just not thinking straight.
Would you reconsider the watch?
Man, if that watch
is so important
to you, why did you pawn it
in the first place?
I think my son sold it.
To buy heroin.
He's dead.
Man, let me show you something.
Once it gets into you,
there's nothing else.
You're like a wild animal.
All you smell is blood.
I'd have sold the clothes
off my kids back.
I practically did!
Last month,
my daughter, she wrote to me...
Saying she's getting married.
Wanted to know if I wanted to
come to the wedding.
She didn't have to do that.
After all the shit
that I pulled?
So I'm gonna go.
Show her that I'm all right.
Show her I'm getting better.
You know?
Show her that I'm sorry.
So I've been saving up my coins.
Got me a new suit,
new pair of shoes,
and a new watch.
Been three years
since my last fix.
Not a day goes by
where my heart doesn't
race thinking about it.
Not one day.
This is too close to the ground.
You can't put a pantry in here.
What are you...
what are you talking about?
What else are you
gonna use it for, Adam?
Look at how far away
from the kitchen it is.
- Adam, they...
- This has to be
15 feet from the kitchen;
It's too far.
Adam, they have legs.
I believe that when you're
in the middle of something,
you have to grab something
from the pantry,
and you don't have time to run
all the way down the hall.
No, look at the blueprint
right here.
How much pumpkin do we need?
We'll make a pie.
How many pies?
What do you want for dinner?
Whatever? You were the one...
Stay away from me!
Stay away from me!
You are not allowed
within 100 yards...
Touch me again!
I'll have your ass
in jail so fast.
- Try me.
- How could you not tell me
Doug was using?
How could you not know
Danny was?
I brought your son
into our home.
Oh, what are you,
mother of the year now?
Let's go.
I barely even see my son.
And I knew what was going on.
Where the hell were you, Linda?
Who does that woman think
she is talking to me that way?
I didn't say anything.
You're thinking it.
Told you Danny should
have gone away to school.
He wanted to stay here.
So he could be close to Colleen.
That was
your brother's decision.
Well, it was the wrong one.
Are you saying if he'd
went away to school,
this wouldn't have happened?
But if you and dad would
have pushed him harder,
maybe school would have
been more important to him
than Colleen and all the losers
he hung out with.
We pushed him.
He wasn't as naturally
gifted a student as you are.
Danny was a lot smarter
than you give him credit for.
All he had to do
was apply himself.
But you let him get away
with Cs.
I didn't let him get away
with anything.
I was a good mother.
Do you hear me?
A good mother!
Hey, where's Danny's car?
What happened?
Oh, Anna and I got
into a minor collision.
We're fine.
The car, on the other hand,
is gonna need
$3,000 worth of repairs.
Sorry, it was an accident.
Were you the one driving?
Yeah, so?
I just don't think you should
be behind the wheel for a while.
- I'm fine.
- You're not fine.
You don't sleep,
you hardly ever eat,
all you do is drink coffee.
When was the last time
you had a decent shower?
I mean, you're not even, like,
here, here, here.
Well, I'm sorry
I'm not like you.
I'm sorry I can't go to work
every day like a goddamn robot!
I'm not built like that.
Either life goes on
or it doesn't.
So please, Linda,
come back here.
Oh, okay.
Come back here.
Where are you going?
Going for a run.
I'm sorry.
Danny, no!
It was a dream. It was a dream.
By the ground?
It'll probably take a few days.
Do you think we'll be
all right in there?
I do wanna...
So I think he'll be okay?
Good thinking.
Right. Okay.
Yeah, I'll let her know. Bye.
So that was Channel Four News.
They said something
about a Facebook post?
No way.
Absolutely not.
I need to talk
about what happened to Danny.
They'll say anything
to get you on TV.
But I need people
to know that there
are drugs out there
that can kill you.
Things are finally
starting to calm down.
Don't you want to move on
and stop
reliving the worst day
of all of our lives?
I want Danny's death
to mean something.
What happened to us is private.
It is nobody's business
but ours.
This is happening everywhere!
I need to say something.
What, Anna?
You really think those kids
who came to Danny's memorial
service are going to stop
using because you tell them to?
No, but if their parents know
what's out there,
then maybe the kids will...
What about us?
Do you even care
what it's doing to us?
Anna, wait!
Tonight, we have
a special guest,
a registered nurse
whose 19-year-old son
was found dead last month
from a heroin overdose.
I couldn't tell
from my kid's behavior.
Later, I learned
from his friends,
the prescription painkillers
Dad, where's Anna?
- I'll go get her.
- MDMA and Molly are the norm.
People need to wake up.
Not gonna let my son's death...
She'll be back.
No, she won't.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Can I help you find something?
Uh, yes, I'm looking
for a baby gift
for Kelly Lajterman.
I believe she's registered here.
Yeah, sure, I can go
print that up for you.
Feel free to look around.
Are you okay?
So it wasn't a heart attack.
No, but your heart rate
was abnormally high.
We'd like for you
to stay a few days
just so we can keep
an eye on things.
Thank you, doctor.
Ham and cheese or PBJ?
Doesn't matter.
Of course it matters.
This here is honey roasted ham,
and this is PBJ. Guava jelly.
I thought it was kind
of interesting.
Do you still love me?
You blame me.
If I hadn't worked so much,
I could have taken
an interest in...
in what was important to him.
You took an interest
in what was important to him.
Every night at dinner,
you asked him about his school,
his friends.
This isn't your fault.
Yes, it is.
The reason the lights
are on in our house
is because of you.
The reason we have food
on our table is because of you.
We couldn't have gone on
without you.
I couldn't have gone on
without you.
Then why don't you
let me touch you?
I think the hardest thing
for me is
how clean the house is.
Seemed like every time
I came home from work,
there'd be video games
all around
or bags of chips.
I was always telling him
to clean up!
Don't leave everything
such a mess.
Just once...
I wish I could come home
and trip over his sneakers
at the entryway.
Or come across his dirty socks.
I remember every single time.
I yelled at him
for not taking out the trash.
Or leaving dirty dishes
in the sink.
But I can't remember
if I told him I loved him
the last time we spoke.
You did.
You did.
I did?
You did.
Hey, sweetie?
You got a letter from Australia.
What's it say?
I failed at the one thing
a mother should do.
I'm sorry.
I don't know what I'm
gonna do without you.
Oh, yeah.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Life after you.
What your death from drugs
leaves behind.
There are no words
a mother can use
to explain to anyone
what losing a child
does to her and to her family.
Danny didn't wanna die.
The afternoon
showers are likely.
In other news, a grand jury
in North Dakota
indicted Maurice Brennan
earlier this month along
with Chinese defendants
accused of
manufacturing fentanyl
and other opiates according
to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
He had been transported
to Oklahoma
to await transfer
to North Dakota
when his body was found
from an apparent suicide.
Federal authorities said
the transfer center staff found.
Brennan unresponsive in his cell
at 11:40 P.M. on Friday evening.
Staff quote...
I wanna sell the house.
Georgina says it's gonna
take a while
to sell the house with
everything that happened, so...
She also said
there's some houses for sale
in the next town over.
If you feel like it.
You're gonna love this one.
It's a ranch
with a new addition,
and an in-ground swimming pool.
So what do you think, amor?
You want to go inside?
Mikey Mike, what's going on?
Whoa, whoa, whoa, slow down,
slow down.
Oh, yes!
Oh, it happened so fast.
We thought we were gonna
have her in the car!
Oh, my.
It's grandpa.
Her name is Michelle.
Do you wanna hold her?
You know what I'm saying?
All right, I wanna
see this kid...