Midnight Sun (2018) Movie Script

[woman's voice]
I have this reoccurring dream.
I'm a little
girl sitting with my mom,
and she's singing to me.
I feel the warmth
of the sun on my skin
and the comfort of her arms
around me.
[sighs] And I wanna stay there.
When I wake up,
I miss the dream.
I want so badly
for this dream to be real,
but that would be impossible
because my mom died
when I was really little.
And I can't go out in the sun.
Like, at all.
I have a rare genetic condition
called Xeroderma Pigmentosum,
or XP, which basically means
a severe sensitivity
to sunlight.
If the sun hits my skin,
I get skin cancer,
my brain starts to fail
and I could die.
Pretty fun, right?
So, I spend all my time indoors
behind special windows,
hanging out with my dad
who is the best dad ever.
Thank goodness,
because growing up,
kids were, uh,
what you'd expect.
- [girl] No way.
- Yep, a vampire.
That's why they have
special windows.
Don't worry. She can't
get us during the day.
But at night,
stay far, far away.
[woman's voice] But not everyone
was afraid of me.
- Hey, Morgan.
- What's wrong with her?
She has something called XP.
Basically, the light from
the sun, it-it hurts her.
So she can't ever go
in the sun.
I can't be in the sun
for too long either.
Can she play at night?
- Yeah, but...
- See you tonight.
Oh, and I like pizza!
- [acoustic guitar playing]
- [woman's voice] From that point on,
it was me, Morgan and my dad.
Until one day, I saw Charlie.
And that was it.
I was completely,
totally, utterly hooked.
Stupid tree.
[woman's voice]
I saw him every day.
And yet,
he had no idea I even existed.
Over time,
watching Charlie go by
just became
a part of my routine.
Along with constant
doctor appointments.
Sleeping during the day
and staying up all night,
which, from what I've heard,
is the schedule
of most teenagers.
And playing music
every chance I get.
All things considered,
I've got a pretty great life.
But I still hold onto my dreams.
Stupid tree.
[woman's voice] No matter
how impossible they may seem.
They're not gonna break us
Hey, we'll burn so bright
Making all the people
Come to life
Hey, the darkest sky
Can't stop me and you
I said hey
We'll burn so bright
Dancing underneath
The city lights
Hey, from way up high
Shining down
Like stars tonight
[male announcer] Jeremy Pierce.
[crowd cheering, applauding]
Kendall Porter.
[announcer] Peter Rathbard.
- Charles Reed.
- [man] Yeah, Charlie!
[cheering continues]
Congratulations, Charlie.
[man] Katie Price!
What are you wearing?
Oh, cap and gown. Huh?
The faculty and staff
always wear one.
- Here you go.
- Thank you.
Most importantly,
this is for you.
- Hmm.
- Mm-hmm.
I assume, as valedictorian,
you have a speech prepared. Yes?
Um, yes.
[clears throat]
That's me
putting on my glasses.
- I like that. Nice touch.
- Thank you.
Um, first, I would
like to thank my headmaster.
- Well, I mean...
- My Spanish teacher.
[speaking Spanish] De nada.
- My English teacher.
- It was my pleasure.
But I really wanna
state for the record
that my gym teacher had absolutely
no idea what he was doing...
What? Oh, you suck.
I lift weights.
Hey, this is for you.
This is one of the lamest things
I've ever seen.
Yes! [laughs]
I had to go to three stores
to find something this lame.
- I mean, it's horrific.
- Yeah! It's the worst.
Yeah. [chuckles]
All right.
Are you ready for your present?
- There's a present involved?
- Oh, there's a present, yes!
Of course, there's a present.
It's graduation...
This just keeps getting
better and better.
This is Mom's.
Look, I know
it's kind of old,
so if you want a newer one
I totally under...
No, I love it!
Thank you. Thank you so much.
You look just like your mother.
Lucky you.
She was hot.
Try and get some sleep.
All right?
- [kids howling]
- [car horns honking]
[voices chattering]
- [woman] I can't believe this is happening.
- [kids chatting, laughing]
That's a good one.
Uh, something weird's
going on right here.
Hey, Dad, um...
I was wondering
if I could go play
my new beautiful present
at the train station
It's 10:00.
Why can't Morgan just come over?
You could play here for me.
Morgan's busy
with her family.
And, Dad, I love playing
for you, I really do,
but I also need
to get used to playing
in front of
other people too.
Please, please, please.
Fred will be there.
He'll watch out for me.
And I graduated today!
[moans] Isn't that the American
tradition, to extend my curfew?
Okay, I'll extend
your curfew one hour.
Which means midnight, okay?
Hey, and text me
right when you get there,
or I'm not
just gonna call Fred,
I'm actually
gonna come down there.
And it will be so embarrassing,
it'll become urban legend
- on why kids should stick to their curfew!
- I love you.
[pop music playing]
[crowd cheering]
Come to me, baby
Don't be shy, don't be shy
Don't be shy
Come to me, baby
Don't be shy
Oh, boy.
It was the summertime
Oh. Hey,
don't do that thing.
What thing?
That. I mean, you look all sad
and it makes me sad.
Please just chug this beer
and come hang out!
Dude, you
dodged a bullet, man.
You were gonna be up at the ass
crack of dawn every morning
taking tests,
nowhere near the beach.
And now, we get to do this...
our whole lives.
Hmm, I forgot,
doing this our whole lives,
it's way better
than a full ride to Berkeley.
Zoe Carmichael. 3:00.
- Charlie... you're in trouble.
- What did I do this time?
You didn't get me a drink.
I did not know
you were thirsty.
Now you do.
- I'm sorry.
- It's okay.
Is that the bad one?
Well, now that
you're not swimming,
maybe you'll have
a little extra time for me.
I also have some
extra time for you.
- And I'm not swimming.
- You were never swimming, idiot.
Zoe! Get over here, bitch!
Hold on!
You're coming to
my graduation party, right?
Yeah, I think so.
What... What are you doing?
Dodging another bullet.
Come on, dude.
It's our graduation night.
I'm not feeling it, boys.
I'll see you later.
- [man] Thanks.
- You're welcome.
Hey, yo, Fred.
I was wondering if I was
gonna see you tonight.
What, and disappoint
all my fans?
[both laugh]
[tuning guitar]
[playing acoustic pop music]
While you're fast asleep
Counting your sheep
I'm breathin'
I'll be up all night
Playing through
This twilight dream
'Cause all my life
I have been
Patiently waiting
For lights to dim
To fulfill my destiny
[train approaching]
I'll keep reaching
As far as I can
Till break of day
I'll keep reaching
The light of my life
Will find its way
I know if I reach too far
I may not ever recover
But I know the stars
Ain't all I'm meant
To discover
So I'll keep reaching
I know if I reach too far
I may not ever recover
But I know the stars
Ain't all
I'm meant to discover
So I'll keep rea...
I didn't mean
to freak you out.
Uh, me? I'm not freaked out.
Don't worry about it.
- Here, I'll help you.
- I'm not a freak.
Why are you packing up?
Where are you going?
Um, home.
I gotta go home.
Home? Wait, you live here?
Wait, you didn't
go to Purdue High.
No. It's a very
different school.
And I graduated today and
my dad's a super big worrier.
So, I really gotta...
Oh, God.
- Um...
- I have to go.
Wait! Wait! Whoa. What...
I'm sorry, why are you...
What's the rush? What...
Um, I have to get home
to my cat.
- Your cat.
- Yeah, it died.
So, you're not
in a rush then, right?
No, no, I am.
I have to plan the funeral
for my, um, dead cat that died.
Yeah, it's super dead.
Wait! Wait! Wait!
I didn't even get your name!
[woman] You haven't noticed any changes in
her? Motor functions still seem strong?
Yeah. Yeah, no loss
of intellectual function,
no difficulty swallowing
or talking.
[laughs] Believe me on that.
- [chuckles]
- And no corneal ulcerations.
Really, there's nothing to
suggest any neurodegeneration.
Any exposure to sunlight?
No, of course not.
I'm gonna refill her
prescription for you this time,
but she really should be coming
to these appointments with you.
Yeah, well, you know teenagers.
They get embarrassed
by their dads.
- She has XP, Jack.
- I know exactly what she has.
It's not gonna
fall into remission.
And every year, the risk
becomes more serious for her.
So, if she's exposed to even
the slightest bit of sunlight...
She won't be.
- She's reached that age we talked about.
- She won't be.
Any word on the University
of Washington study?
I submitted Katie's name for their Phase
Two trials, if it even gets that far.
I wouldn't get your hopes up.
Research funding
being what it is,
we're talking about a disease that
affects only one in a million people.
We're in luck,
'cause she is one in a million.
- A cat funeral?
- [Katie groans]
Please stop saying it out loud.
[laughs] No, I mean,
I've heard that dead pets
can actually be
an aphrodisiac.
Morgan, what should I have said?
Any other combination of words
in the English language.
Like, "Hey, I'm Katie Price.
I've watched you outside
my window for the past 10 years,
and I've been in love with you,
stalking you every minute of the day."
- Okay, don't start with that...
- Or how about, "Hey, you may remember me from kindergarten,
when everyone
called me a vampire."
No one remembers that!
- What did I do?
- It's bad, but we'll fix it.
I feel so stupid and lame.
Well, at least
you have M&M's. So...
So, you've just gotta
make up for it next time.
There's not gonna be
a next time.
- You don't know that.
- I do.
This is good.
This is what Taylor Swift does.
She has awkward
interactions with boys,
and then she just writes
amazing songs about it. What?
Oh, no, no.
- Oh, come on.
- What's happening?
Did you see my notebook
when you came in?
Your notebook notebook? No.
I think I left it
at the train station.
- Oh, God.
- Can you please go get it for me?
Morgan, it's so important.
You know, I would,
but there's, like,
a few other poppin' cat funerals
that I was gonna hit today.
No, no! I'm in a corner! Oh!
[crowd chattering]
My friend's
been looking for that.
You know her? Oh, wait.
Morgan, right?
We had English class together.
- I'm Charlie...
- Charlie Reed, yeah. I know.
And it was a history class.
But how do you know her?
- Did she just move here?
- Notebook first.
Or you could just tell me where she
lives and I could drop it off.
I have a better idea.
Hey, Dad, I need to go to the train
station to pick up my notebook.
Fred has it.
Okay, text me when you get there
and be careful.
Holy pregnant cow.
Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
- Thank you.
- [phone ringing]
Purdue Creamery.
- Morgan.
- Hey. How's your second date?
How could you do this to me?
Oh, my God,
I'm in sweatpants.
My hair, it's-it's a mess.
It's tied.
[growls] Oh, my God,
I look like an idiot.
Oh, please. Katie,
you're super freakin' hot, okay?
I can't even see you right now and
I can tell you look gorgeous.
Hi, excuse me.
Can I just get a large...
Can you not see
I'm on the phone?
He really likes you, okay?
I can tell.
Just try to be yourself.
Don't ramble too much.
And call me afterwards.
[Katie sighs]
Oh, my...
[distant train whistle blows]
Wow, you exist.
I thought I was dreaming
last night or something.
Were you in the REM
stage of sleep?
That's when most
dreams happen, actually.
Yeah, your brain activity
is super high and functioning,
and your eyes are just going
nuts behind your eyelids.
It looks super weird. It's like
a typewriter or something.
Um, anyway, thank you for...
Wait, I, uh... I still
don't know your name.
- It's Katie.
- Katie, I'm Charlie.
Wow, that's a weird name.
Thank God you told me it 'cause I
wouldn't have known it otherwise.
Thank you.
- Wait, what...
- You didn't...
You didn't read through it,
did you?
Uh, just a little. I...
- What?
- What?
Are you serious?
You read through my journal?
- Look, I...
- This could have been a diary.
I mean, it is, kind of.
Um, I'm... I'm really sorry.
You left really quick
the other night,
and I really had no idea
who it belonged to,
so I just
looked through it quickly.
But I like that you
still handwrite things.
It's... It's cool.
It's old school.
Thanks... for finding it.
What, another cat died?
You have to...
Oh. [laughs]
I... I had to... I... I'm...
I'm walking home.
Can I walk with you?
Um, yeah.
So, you were home-schooled, huh?
Man, that must have been wild.
Actually, it was the exact
opposite of wild.
My dad's pretty protective.
He's not, like, watching us
right now, is he?
Oh, yeah. He has his phone
tapped into every camera.
[both laugh]
So, um, what did you think
of the songs you read?
Without my permission,
I may add.
Um, honestly, I don't know.
I mean, you can't really
read a song, right?
I guess I'd have
to hear you sing them.
Um, so anyway,
I'm right up here.
So, you don't have to walk me.
Wait, you live up there?
I-I don't understand
how we've never met.
I've probably
skated by your house,
like, every day
on the way to practice.
It's a... funny coincidence.
Hey, you wouldn't wanna do
something sometime, would you?
Um... together?
Yes, us together.
Hanging out.
Um... I'm really busy
during the day.
But... I could be free at night.
I could be free at night.
Well, you should
put your number in here then.
I'm old school too.
Thank you.
That is so romantic
it disgusts me.
What did he say about your XP?
It didn't come up.
What do you mean,
it didn't come up?
I-I didn't bring it up.
I'm not gonna just
randomly be like,
"Hey, dude, by the way,
the sunlight's gonna..."
[blows raspberry]
Like, look when you
tell someone you're sick,
then you start to become more like
a disease and less like a person.
It's... I'm gonna tell him,
I promise,
but I don't know
when I'm gonna see him again.
I do.
You know that annoying guy who works
with me at the ice cream shop?
- The nerdy one you hate?
- Yes, Garver.
His parents are out of town tonight
and he's throwing a party.
And he told me to bring friends.
- So, I'm gonna bring you...
- No, no, no, no, no...
- And you're gonna bring Charlie.
- No.
He's gotta, like, you know...
Doesn't... I have to wait
till he texts me first, right?
Yeah, totally.
And then, you know, his squire will
send a note via carrier pigeon
asking if you'd like
to merge your kingdoms.
What is this,
18th-century England?
You're a hot,
young, badass woman.
You're gonna text him
whenever you damn well please.
Be confident, okay?
- Give him the facts.
- Okay.
[phone beeps]
- Play a little hard to get.
- All right.
[phone beeps]
Make sure that he knows he's not
the only reason you're going.
- [moans]
- All right.
Oh, no.
This is gonna be a tame,
safe, parent-friendly party.
It's a totally lame party.
You know what we should do?
We should stay here.
We'll get Hunan Chinese.
You guys love Hunan, right?
Put some Netflix on.
It'll be perfect.
Dad, you know
I'm a good kid.
You know I'm not gonna
do anything crazy.
But I swear,
if I spend one more night here,
just listening to everyone else
outside my window
living their lives,
I might go crazy.
Tomorrow night, we can order way too much
chow mein, and have a movie marathon.
- All right.
- Yes, thank you!
You're the best dad
in the world.
[Morgan] Thanks, Mr. P!
Okay, um, Charlie's gonna
meet us at Garver's at 8:00.
We have to get ready!
Dude, what are you
talking about?
We have, like, three hours.
We're already behind.
Mr. P! May I present
Katherine Price of Washington.
Peanut... you look amazing.
[pop music playing]
I'll drink your wine
[Morgan] Bye, Mr. P!
I'll spin your clocks
And I'll gut your fish
I'll fuck you blind
And make a run for it
[Morgan] Let's go.
[Morgan] God, I can't believe
Garver's throwing a kegger.
You came.
[upbeat music playing]
Is there any chance that you,
or your hot friend, hey,
know how to get beer
out of a keg?
Oh, no.
- You didn't get a tap?
- [Garver] I didn't realize they were separate things.
Why would they sell me a barrel
of beer I can't even access?
[upbeat music continues]
Garver! What the hell?
This is a tame, safe,
parent-friendly party!
Uh, do tame parties
have sundae bars?
I think it's so cool.
No, don't listen to her.
Okay, she's never been
to a party before.
She doesn't understand
how dire the situation is.
- We gotta go.
- What, you're leaving?
No, no, no. I just made
a huge thing of chili.
[Morgan] Garver,
chili is not a party food.
[car door opens, slams]
You see, the party's
just kicking off.
What's Charlie Reed doing here?
[Morgan] Oh, my God.
You look really amazing.
Um... oh, it's all Morgan.
No, I don't think so.
For you, good sir.
Oh, thank you.
Thank you.
Beef chili, huh?
Mm. That's top shelf, buddy.
That's fresh.
You know, I really thought we'd
have a bigger turnout, but...
I told you not to go
up against a cheerleader.
What cheerleader?
It's the mean blonde one
with a convertible.
- Zoe Carmichael?
- [Garver] Yes.
She's having a party
tonight as well.
Must have dinged our turnout.
Do you guys wanna go there?
Well, I like the idea.
- [rock music playing]
- [doorbell rings]
- Hey.
- I was wondering where you were.
- Who are these people?
- Oh, these are my friends.
And they brought you a keg.
Great. Come on in.
[dance music playing]
[man vocalizing]
[crowd cheering] Charlie!
Hey, what's up, man?
You good?
Hey, I'm gonna
go take a lap upstairs.
Away from you two.
Thank you.
Your friend Morgan,
she seems cool.
Yeah. She's really cool.
[Charlie] How long have you guys
known each other?
I don't know. Like, forever.
- He's back.
- Oh!
Charlie! Whoa!
Whoa. Who is this?
Uh, Owen, Wes,
this is Katie Price.
- Hey.
- Hi.
Katie, you're... you're...
- Um...-
- You got Charlie to come to a party,
and make a smile-like feature.
Our boy hasn't looked
this good in a long time.
There you are.
I'm still thirsty.
Wanna get me that drink now?
I'm actually about to go take
Katie on the house party tour.
So. You ready?
Tonight, we are victorious
- We'll be right back.
- Nice meeting you guys.
- Nice to meet you, Katie.
- Take care.
- I can quench your thirst.
- Shut up.
Oh oh oh oh, victorious
Oh oh oh oh
[partygoers cheering]
Oh, we gotta
Turn up the crazy
Livin' like
A washed up celebrity
Shooting fireworks
Like it's the Fourth of July
Tonight, we are victorious
Champagne pouring over us
Would you like
to dance with me?
Garver, what on earth makes you think
I'd ever want to dance with you?
Until we feel all right
[alarm siren blaring]
Until we feel all right
You know, if you tell anyone
about this, I'll kill you.
[dance music continues]
[Charlie] Hey, hey!
- Hey.
- Gotta stay hydrated.
Thank you.
This is really interesting.
I don't think
I've ever seen this happen.
Classic high school,
awkward party.
I've only seen it
at the movies.
I gotta show you this.
Come on.
- Oh, God.
- Come on.
Okay, similar
to what's going on over here.
We just kind of hold here.
And swing the hips awkwardly.
- Am I doing it?
- Yeah, you're kind of.
And then I would slowly back up.
Forever young, we are
Always falling free
If tomorrow never comes
We will always be
Forever young
Everybody! This is the best
night of my life! Yeah!
[all cheering]
You wanna go someplace else?
[Katie] I-I don't get it.
How could they just
take your scholarship away?
Well, I had to have surgery.
And they didn't think
I could ever swim again.
And no more scholarship
meant no more Berkeley.
- [Katie] I'm really sorry.
- [Charlie] Yeah.
So, how did you do it?
How did you hurt yourself?
It was just a freak accident.
You know, I fell down
some stairs and...
And that's not true.
That's kind of what
I tell everybody.
I got really drunk one night
at Owen's house.
And my friends dared me to jump
off the roof into the pool...
and I clipped the edge
with my shoulder.
I'm such an idiot.
I don't wanna be that guy,
you know?
Then don't be.
You know, my mom used to take me
here when I was little.
- Really?
- She sat me right there.
And, um, she tried to teach me
how to play the guitar.
Actually, this watch was hers.
I spent so much time looking
at this thing on her hand.
um, she died when I was little.
- She was in a car accident.
- I'm-I'm so sorry.
- You know, we can go someplace...
- No.
No, no. No, no.
No, I'm... I'm good.
- You sure?
- Yeah, yeah. I promise.
You wanna see
something cool?
- This is yours?
- No.
But it's something I'm taking
care of for the summer.
[sighs] It's a Jespersen 53.
One of these days we could take
her for a sail around the harbor,
we can watch the sun set.
That sounds perfect.
[brakes squeaking]
Um, just, let me get out of...
[engine sputters, stops]
So, what are
you gonna do this year,
now that you're
not going to Berkeley?
Well, first I'm gonna
get a new truck.
And then I'm gonna
drive across the country.
You know, I've been in
the pool my entire life,
and, uh, I haven't
got to see much else, so...
- Um, what are you gonna do...
- I'm not doing anything.
I'm just gonna take some
online courses, I think.
But I'll just be here.
I, uh... I meant
what are you doing tomorrow?
Oh. Oh! Oh, God. [laughing]
- [laughing]
- Um... I...
I'm busy during the day,
but I can be free
tomorrow night.
That's perfect.
- I'll see you tomorrow night?
- Okay.
I have something to tell you.
I don't actually have a cat.
[laughs] No shit.
[pop music playing]
[phone beeps]
- Who are you texting?
- Hmm? No one.
What if I...
- Morgan, who are you texting?
- [whispers] Garver.
Um, I can't hear you
when you're whispering...
I made out with Garver.
- [groans]
- No! He's really, really cute.
And he totally likes you.
By the way, can I tell my dad that
I'm going over to yours tonight,
so I can go hang out
with Charlie later?
You're asking me to help you
lie to your father,
so you can
hang out with a guy?
I've never been
so proud of you!
Uh, Dad, I'm gonna
go over to Morgan's tonight.
- Is that okay?
- Yeah, yeah, no problem.
Hey, how was that party?
Party was nice.
Did you meet any fun people?
No. Not really.
Everybody was kind of just,
like, ugh, you know?
Nobody was really there.
It was just... [groans]
So I'm gonna...
[clicks tongue] skedaddle.
- Love you.
- Love you more.
I'm lying.
Well, you were rambling,
so I kind of figured.
I'm going to go meet a boy
named Charlie Reed,
who's really nice and sweet.
And I really, really
like him... a lot.
- Are you mad?
- I'm not happy that you lied to me.
You know you can
always tell me anything...
I know, I know. I'm sorry.
- Do you trust this guy?
- Yes.
- Will I hate him?
- No. No, you won't. I promise.
- Does he know about your...
- I haven't told him yet.
- No, Katie...
- But I will...
No, I am not comfortable
with him not knowing.
I know, I'm going to. I just
need a little bit longer of...
- What?
- ...being someone more than just a disease.
- Katie.
- It's just a few more days, please?
Like a normal girl.
- [door opens, closes]
- [Morgan] Hey.
Is it okay if me and Katie hang out
tonight together, the entire night?
I already
admitted everything.
What, you couldn't
make it two hours?
It's pathetic.
I could've made it two hours.
[both laugh]
What does Katie Price
wanna do?
There are so
many things I wanna do.
[rock music playing]
I have always
wanted to do this.
Just blind and drunk
We can never see what's real
See what's real
- Ready?
- [laughs]
All kinds of places
Take me away
So I can find what's real
Find what's real
And in the morning I will go
I've been stuck
With the same kind of people
Just blind and drunk
We can never see what's real
What is real
What about that one over there?
Um, that one's called Altair.
And it's 16 light years away,
which means the light
we're seeing now,
was actually created
when we were two.
Are you okay?
The Berkeley coach called
my house the other night.
Yeah, I mean, I guess
one of the other swimmers
transferred out
and another spot opened up.
That's so crazy.
You could get your spot back?
I mean, technically, yeah.
There's this huge meet
coming up next month,
and the Berkeley coach
is coming down to watch.
But I'd have to get in shape by
then, which is probably impossible.
And then I'd have to swim, like, my best
time ever to show that I'm fully rehabbed...
You can totally do it.
There's also some reasons
to stick around here next year.
Katie, I wanna take you
on a real date tomorrow.
And you also need
to meet my dad.
Why don't you move
a little closer there, Cody?
My-My name's Charlie.
- Charlie.
- Yeah.
Huh. I didn't know that.
Is that what you go by? You go by Charlie
and not Chuck or Chuckie or C-Town?
- No, sir, I... just Charlie.
- Charlie, okay.
- You ever been arrested?
- No, sir.
- When's your curfew?
- It's 1:00 a.m.
- What time do you actually get home?
- Like, 2:00.
That's not one 1:00,
is it, Charlie?
- No, sir, it's not.
- You said your curfew was 1:00.
- Yeah.
- Yeah.
Relax, I'm not a cop.
How many times
a week do you shave?
Shave, uh, like four...
four times a week, sir.
- Who's your team?
- Seahawks.
Well, because they're great.
And one time I was
at this burger place and...
Richard Sherman actually
ate some of my fries.
That's awesome.
Okay. Charlie, here's the deal.
Katie appears to be
very strong, and she is.
- Hey.
- She's dealing with...
- [Katie] Hi.
- Hey.
- What you guys talking about?
- Nothing.
- We were...
- We're just getting to know each other.
Thank you so much for letting me
take her out, Mr. Price.
[Jack] Okay.
Oh, don't forget your...
guitar case.
Wait, I'll hold it for you.
Uh, hold on a second.
I wanna get a picture of this.
All right. Just a little.
There you go.
A little room
for the Holy Ghost.
- And...
- [shutter clicks]
And... open.
I believe
these are for you.
- Where are we going?
- I know nothing.
- Fred.
- [laughs]
- Don't even try.
- Thank you, Fred.
Okay, rule number one.
When you're on a train,
you must always travel with
Chinese food out of a backpack.
Well, I wouldn't know. I've
never been on a train before.
Neither have I.
- Really?
- Really.
I still cannot believe that we grew up
in the same town since we were younger,
and I've never seen you
out riding your bike,
or out with a lemonade stand.
And I would've
bought your lemonade.
No, you wouldn't have.
I don't like lemonade.
Who doesn't like lemonade?
You know I know
the real story, right?
You and your dad are in
the witness protection program.
- [laughs]
- And you have both testified against a mobster.
Very close,
but, uh, the truth is...
I've been sent here
to monitor you.
Right, and I've been given specific
instructions to never be seen in the daylight,
and I've been watching you this whole
entire time from the safety of my own room.
Classic witness protection
program cover story.
All right, close your eyes
and put your hands out.
And open.
- Try and catch 'em in your mouth.
- Hey.
Thank you.
Oh, and look. We're here.
[pop music playing]
Won a moment, lost a bet
Saw a mountain, went to bed
Wait, where are you taking me?
We're here.
Charlie, what is this place?
- It's your surprise.
- Charlie, my man.
I thought Seattle
was my surprise.
[crowd cheering inside]
Come on.
- [cheering grows louder]
- Where are we going?
Even if you think we're not
We're close to close enough
- It's your first live show.
- Yeah.
We're moving
From the ground floor
Rising tide
As the water's pouring in
Like it always
Should have been
We can crawl or we can run
Towards the sun
[Katie] So cool.
- Thank you!
- Thank you!
That was seriously so cool.
[Charlie] I know.
That was, I mean, literally
one of the best things ever.
- Right?
- Oh, God.
Live music is beautiful.
You're beautiful.
You're the best.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.
Okay. Your turn.
For what?
No, no, no, no, no...
- Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes...
- I am not...
- You owe me a song.
- I can't do it... here.
Yes, you can.
Live shows are the best.
Are you hungry?
'Cause I'm hungry.
And you're always hungry.
Look, we can either have come
all the way to this new city,
underneath the stars
and you don't play me a song...
or we can continue to have
the greatest night of our lives.
- [Katie sighs]
- I'll be right here watching.
Go. Come on, we're waiting.
I put my hair up
I slap my lipstick on
I can't decide
What to wear
I try my clothes on
About a hundred times
I wanna get it right
But as long as I've got
This perfect feeling
I know that everything
Will be right
As long as I've got
This sweetest feeling
My troubles will be
Out of my sight
La da da da
Da da da da
Da da da da
My troubles will be
Miles away
I slip my shoes on
Take a spin or two
Tell me
How does this look to you?
In the mirror
I blow a kiss in school
'Cause I'm
Running late for you
But as long as I've got
This perfect feeling
I know that everything
Will be right
As long as I've got
This sweetest feeling
My troubles will be
Out of my sight
La da da da
Da da da da
Da da da da
My troubles will be
Miles away
She's good.
When you take me
All around this town
- [man] Whoo!
- All the wonder we've seen
- [clapping]
- As long as I've got This perfect feeling
I know that everything
Will be right
As long as I've got
This sweetest feeling
My troubles will be
Out of my sight
La da da da
Da da da da
Da da da da
My troubles will be
Miles away
- [chuckles]
- [cheering, applause]
[horn blowing]
[Charlie] Okay, I probably would have
said you were good no matter what,
but you were really,
really good.
You know, you have to do
something with your music.
- No, I couldn't.
- You have to, Katie. It was amazing.
Are you ready?
For what?
To go swimming.
No, Katie, you know
I don't swim anymore.
Yes, you do. You just
haven't swam in a while.
And I've never swam
in this water before,
so you're gonna take me.
- Come on!
- No, I'm serious. I'm not swimming.
But you made me sing
and I didn't want to.
- That was totally different.
- No, it's not!
Okay, do you have any idea
how cold that water is?
We could've either come
all the way to the beach
under the beautiful stars
and not go swimming,
or we could
jump into that water
and continue to make this
the best night of our lives.
- I don't have a swimsuit.
- Neither do I.
You coming?
Hurry up!
Oh, my God. It's so cold.
Put your arms forward
and then push.
- The breast stroke? It seems like a trick.
- [chuckles]
- Kinda.
- [chuckles]
See, this isn't so bad.
You don't hate the water.
I don't hate anything
when I'm with you.
[Katie] Have you thought any
more about your Berkeley spot?
You know, I just keep thinking
about after the surgery,
when I couldn't swim.
You know, I just realized
I didn't even know who I was.
And neither
did anybody else.
All these kids that I've been going
to school with for 15 years, they...
they just saw me
as that guy in the pool.
I don't have to live
that life anymore.
You know...
you're not the guy
in the pool.
But you're not the guy
that doesn't try either.
Do everything you can
right now and then decide.
'Cause now
is all that matters.
You're right.
Speaking of tomorrow morning,
ready for the greatest sunrise
on the planet?
Charlie, what time is it?
It's 4:50.
It's not waterproof.
- Oh, my God.
- What?
- Oh, my God! Oh, my God!
- Katie, wait!
- Shit.
- What are you doing?
- I need to go!
- Katie, wait! Katie!
Hey, get in. Let me drive you.
- Go, Charlie, go!
- [tires squealing]
- What the hell is going on?
- You don't understand.
- You have to go as fast as you can!
- Okay, I'm going. I'm going.
- Katie, what...
- Please just go, Charlie.
- You're scaring me.
- You have to speed! Faster!
Okay, okay!
Oh, my God.
- [gasps]
- Katie!
- Katie!
- [panting]
Katie. Katie!
- [knocking]
- Katie.
Oh. [panting]
Katie, will you please
just talk to me?
[tires screeching]
- Katie, please, just talk to me!
- [Jack] Hey!
- Is she inside?
- Yes.
Is she in there? Move!
Just move!
- How could you let this happen to her?
- Let what happen?
What happened?
She not... tell you?
- Tell me what? I have no idea what's going on!
- She's sick. She's sick.
- What do you mean she's sick?
- She has XP.
She can't go in the sun at all.
It can kill her. I'm sorry.
- Katie?
- [door closes]
This is a nice hospital.
I bet they have
really good food.
Katie Price?
We're ready.
It was like a second, if that.
Everything's gonna be fine.
We're good, Mr. P.
[footsteps approaching]
Is she okay?
Okay, Katie, you can sit up. Nurse
Jane will take you back outside.
Um, actually, I wanna stay.
Okay. The sunlight exposure
was minimal.
The physical effects you're
seeing right now will heal.
But, as you know, XP generally lies
dormant until there's a triggering event.
We won't know if
that's what this was
until we get the results back from
your blood work and CT scans.
And if this was
a triggering event?
- [typing]
- We'll cross that bridge if we come to it.
If you experience
any symptoms...
unexpected shaking, muscular
pain, loss of motor function,
you need to let us know
Okay. I'm gonna go
get dressed now.
I'm pretty busy during the day,
but I could be free at night.
[Katie's voice overlapping]
I can be free at night.
My dad's super protective.
What about UW?
What about the study? Have
they started the second phase?
I followed up with them
last week. No news yet.
Okay. Thanks.
All right, Charlie.
Let's get back to work.
Look, I know I told you to play hard to get, but
you should at least see what he has to say.
- He's asking if he can come over and talk to you.
- Don't.
Please just delete them.
Look, if I read them,
then I'm gonna reply,
then he's gonna reply
and then we're gonna meet up.
Which we can't.
Why can't you? I...
You don't have to be a martyr just
to protect Charlie's feelings.
He's a big boy.
I'm sure he can handle it.
I can't handle it.
He's gonna get hurt, and I'm not
gonna be the one who hurts him.
So, please, can you
just delete them?
Yeah. Okay.
[gate opening, closing]
We should do
another set of tests.
The results could
come back different.
Her brain has begun to contract.
- Once the neural pathways...
- What about the study?
They shut it down, Jack.
I found out this morning.
There's no funding.
No, I...
I did everything
I was supposed to do.
I mean, from the time
she was very young...
no matter how much she...
or screamed or moaned...
I wouldn't let her
go outside.
I wouldn't let her
go to the park.
I wouldn't even let her
go to the beach. [scoffs]
And she begged me.
She begged me...
for things that
she had every right to.
And I denied her
all of it.
I mean, for what? Huh?
For this? No.
XP is a disease that tends to
take the joy from a child's life.
In all these years
I've treated Katie,
she's never complained,
she's never sulked.
She always sees
the good in things.
And the way
she talks about you?
I've never seen a teenager
so openly adore her father.
You're a good father, Jack.
How long?
It's hard to say for sure.
[TV low, indistinct]
- Hey, kiddo.
- Hey, Dad.
I'm starving.
Wanna get some Chinese?
- Uh, "yuh."
- Is that a yeah?
- [typing]
- What are you doing?
I'm starting you
an online dating profile.
- What?
- Yeah.
Look, okay.
So, I have this photo of you,
which I think your hair
looks better in.
- But then in this one you have your camera.
- Oh, no, no, no, no.
- This is not happening.
- No, no, no. This is happening.
Here, just take a seat.
Wanna help me write it?
Oh, I don't know.
Okay, uh,
here's what I have so far.
- "World's greatest father and handsomest photographer."
- Oh, veto.
"Looking for a fellow adventurer
interested in art, photography and
nostalgia about the Supersonics."
- Supersonics is good. That's important.
- I knew you would like that.
- Um, "a partner in crime to travel the world with."
- I don't travel, honey.
Uh, you will though.
All right,
we're not doing this.
Please, please, please,
I want to.
You lost Mom and now
you're gonna lose me too.
No. No, there's
always a chance.
We've always known it's
a matter of when and not if.
So I really need you
to be selfish and...
go out there and, you know,
take those beautiful photos
and start traveling
the world again.
- I want everyone to see your photos, Dad.
- Just stop.
Okay, I can't...
I can't...
I just want you...
to promise me that you're
gonna take care of yourself.
I really want you to have as happy
a life as the one you've given me.
And try and find someone
that you can share these
incredible adventures with.
Because having someone...
that's the best part.
So please, just pick
a rando lady and take her out.
- Promise me.
- I promise.
Now we can order Chinese food.
- [Jack] Come on!
- That was so a ball.
That's... That's not even baseball.
I don't know what that is.
- [doorbell rings]
- Oh, food. Finally. What took them so long?
Oh, my God.
Charlie's outside.
I know. I called him.
What? Why?
you said the best part was having
someone to share your adventures with.
So, go talk to him.
Tell him the truth.
He deserves that.
And so do you.
You exist.
This time I was positive
I dreamt you.
Charlie, I'm so sorry.
Katie, this isn't something you
can just not tell me.
I'm so, so sorry
I didn't tell you.
unforgivable and
very selfish on my part.
We were never gonna work.
But I wanted us to.
You, me, we...
we don't win in the end.
So I'm saying good-bye,
You know, that was the worst
break-up speech I've ever heard.
- What?
- Yeah. Like a D-minus would be generous.
Zeros from all the judges Katie.
It was a total flop.
I've never done this before!
What do you expect?
Seriously, Charlie.
We can't.
We can.
What I can't do...
I can't stop being with you.
Katie, I've done
my research on XP.
I know what it is. I know
what you are going through.
But we're not the couple
who doesn't try.
You knew that before I did.
[inhales, exhales]
You've changed my life, Katie.
Okay, you can either just leave
me here on this porch or...
or we can have the best summer
of our lives.
- [sniffles]
- What's it gonna be?
[whistle blows]
[shouting, cheering]
[Mark] Go, Charlie! Push it!
Go, Charlie!
That's it, Charlie! Come on!
- Charlie, let's go!
- Whoo! Whoo!
Go, Charlie!
Come on, Charlie! Go! Go!
- Whoo-hoo!
- Yeah!
- Yeah!
- [cheering continues]
- Yeah!
- Whoo!
The Berkeley coach was impressed and
they promised to keep in touch.
In touch is good. They'll be in touch.
I'm so proud of you, honey.
- Ahh.
- So good.
Hey, I'll be right back.
- Hey, Charlie.
- Hi.
- The rumors are true. Congrats.
- Thank you.
- You were great in there.
- Thank you for letting Katie come.
I couldn't
have stopped her.
Mr. Price,
would you mind if I took
Katie out tomorrow?
Yeah, I think
that'd be fine.
Thank you.
- Come on. Come on.
- I'm so confused. What are we...
- What is this?
- It's for you.
- Is this Katie?
- Yeah.
Let's do this.
- No. Oh, my God, no.
- Katie. Katie, yes.
- No, I can't. I can't.
- Yes, yes, yes. Yes.
This is so crazy. How... How
did you even pay for this?
- Don't worry about it.
- Charlie, your truck money?
- I can't let you...
- Katie, it's already done.
Okay, you helped me figure out my
dreams and now it's payback time.
I can't play anymore.
Then just sing.
- [switch clicks]
- Whenever you're ready, Katie.
- Let's lay one down.
- [switch clicks]
Thank you.
How did you get this?
- Uh, this is the song I've been working on.
- [switch clicks]
- Stole your notebook again.
- [switch clicks]
[music starts]
I wish
I could stand
On a star
I wish
I could be
Where you are
They say don't you
Ever give up
It's so hard to be something
When you're not
But I have walked alone
With the stars
In the moonlit night
I have walked alone
No one by my side
Now I walk with you
With my head held high
In the darkest sky
I feel so alive
- Oh.
- Oh, no.
Yeah, really good job.
Let me count our chips.
[chattering, laughing]
- [Katie] That one.
- [Jack] That one?
That's Charlinium,
- because it is huge and powerful.
- [chuckles]
And that one
is my favorite.
That one is Burritorium,
because it's shaped
like a burrito.
That one is Procyon.
It's 11 light years away.
So we were seven
when that light was made.
That was, um, right around the time
you got your first skateboard.
Charlie, that night we met
at the train station...
I already knew you.
Wh-What do you mean?
In elementary school,
you walked by window every day
on your way to swim practice.
And in fourth grade,
you started skateboarding.
And in sixth grade, you wore a
Ken Griffey Jr. jersey every day
for, like, a month straight.
And in ninth grade,
you buzzed off all your hair.
[chuckles] And...
every day...
I waited for you
to walk by my window...
and it was the best part
of my day.
If I had just looked up...
I could've been with you
this whole time.
You were.
I love you, Charlie.
I love you too.
I can't believe you still
like me after that buzz cut.
It was so ugly.
Oh, my God.
[Morgan] Okay, there's some more chicken,
but I'm eating the rest of the noodles,
if no one wants them.
Okay. I'm gonna go to the marina.
I'll be back in an hour.
Someday I wanna see this
Beyonc-worthy yacht you're cleaning.
Mm, you're gonna
miss your chance.
Owner's back tomorrow.
It's my last checkup.
- See you in an hour?
- Okay.
- I'll walk you out.
- All right. I'll see you.
One of these days we can
take her for a sail
around the harbor.
We can watch the sun set.
I... I wanna go with him.
Go where, honey?
Sailing on the boat.
I wanna go with him
on the boat. Now.
- It'd be better if you just...
- Please, Dad.
Let me do this.
It's okay, Dad.
I really want to.
[woman] I have seen
A thousand things
A thousand minds
And what they bring
To this world
And to this home
But where I stand
Well, I
Don't know
I'm an open book
I'll tell you everything
I know
To the darkest corners
Of my mind
My kingdom is wide
So wide-eyed
I can't track the time
Between the spaces
Of my mind
'Cause I have seen
A thousand things
A thousand minds
And what they bring
- [continues]
- I've waited my whole life to feel this.
But where I stand
Well, I don't know
And people come
And people go
People I will never know
But if I did
And if I could
I'd wonder when
And where they stood
'Cause I have seen
A thousand things
A thousand minds
And what they bring
To this world
And to this home
But where I stand
Well, I
Don't know
- [door opening]
- There he is.
Hey, Mr. Price.
Glad you made it by
before you took off.
Of course. I'm...
I'm actually leaving today.
- Wow.
- Yeah.
The first practice is
in a couple of days, so...
- That's exciting!
- Yeah, I'm looking forward to it.
Your coach sent me your schedule, so
I'm hoping to make it down for a meet.
But why would, uh, my coach
send you the schedule?
We stayed in touch, I guess,
uh, after Katie reached out.
- Katie reached out.
- Yeah.
She called him. Told him that he
needed to take another look at you.
Uh, no, Katie never told me.
You know what? Hold that
thought, all right?
I got something for you.
She wanted you to have that.
I, uh...
[sighs] I never said sorry.
I never apologized to you.
I should have never kept Katie
out that late and I...
It's nobody's fault.
[sighs] We knew from the
time that she was little
that every day
was gonna be a gift.
I should be thanking you.
All I ever wanted to do
was make her happy.
And you made her so happy.
Thank you.
- Good luck at school, son.
- Thank you.
[tuning stations]
[man on radio] Coming up next, we have
a song that is blowing up on YouTube
with over two million views
in just two weeks.
Get ready to hear it
all over the airwaves.
Just remember
you heard it here first.
This is "Charlie's Song"
by Katie Price.
[music begins]
I wish
I could be
Where you are
They say don't you
Ever give up
It's so hard to be something
When you're not
But I have walked alone
With the stars
In the moonlit night
I have walked alone
No one by my side
Now I walk with you
With my head held high
In the darkest sky
I feel so alive
But you're here
On my mind
But I have walked alone
With the stars
In the moonlit night
- I have walked alone
- Yes!
- No one by my side
- Yes! [chuckles] Hey!
- Hey, that's my girl! Hey, that's my girl!
- Now I walk with you
Did you hear this? Put down the...
Put it down! Listen! Listen!
...head held high
In the darkest sky
I feel so alive
[Katie's voice]
Dear, Charlie.
I've always been more comfortable writing
song lyrics than actual sentences.
There's no way I can articulate
what you've meant to me.
Since that moment
we first saw each other,
or the joy you've brought me since
I first saw you outside my window.
Even though our time together
was short,
the stars have been burning
for every moment of it.
And the light from those moments will be
shining down for the next thousand years.
But I have walked alone
I hope that somehow I'll be able
to look down and see you, Charlie,
and all of the incredible moments
just waiting for you out there.
And if you need me,
all you have to do is look up.
And remember...
I love you.
In the darkest sky
I feel so alive
They're not gonna break us
Hey, we'll burn so bright
Making all the people
Come to life
Hey, the darkest sky
Can't stop me and you
I said hey
We'll burn so bright
Dancing underneath
The city lights
Hey, from way up high
Shining down
Like stars tonight
When it's too far
For me to reach it
I close my eyes
And believe it
Ain't no other way to do
When you fall
You gonna hit hard
When you love
With your whole heart
Remember the hard times
Make you
That's when
We'll show the world
They're not gonna break us
Hey, we'll burn so bright
Making all the people
Come to life
Hey, the darkest sky
Can't stop me
And you tonight
I said hey
We'll burn so bright
Dancing underneath
The city lights
Hey, from way up high
Shining down
Like stars tonight
When you fall
You gonna hit hard
When you love
With your whole heart
The hard times make you
[fades out]