The Ghost (2023) Movie Script

[cell phone buzzing]
- [kids chattering]
- [hockey sticks clattering]
- [buzzing continues]
- [chattering continues]
- [line ringing]
- [tires screeching]
- [kid] Go, Clarice! Go, go, go!
- [Clarice grunts]
[kids laughing]
That's what I'm walking about!
You guys down for one more?
- Or wanna shoot?
- Sorry, man, I...
I can't. I gotta get home.
- Family game night tonight.
- Come on. Forget about them.
Let's get some more practice in
while there's still light.
Yeah, my parents want me home early too.
What? I said we'd be barbecuing today.
And my dad's even
letting me use the grill.
[tires screech]
[laughs] Wait, didn't he say you lack
the proper dexterity
- [car door slams]
- and maturity to even be around the fire?
For someone who begged our parents
for a phone, you really suck at using it.
- What are you doing here?
- You forgot Appa's birthday, didn't you?
- [car door opens]
- [Naomi] Meet me in the car.
[car door shuts]
[egg shell cracks]
- [dad chuckling]
- Clarice.
- [dad sighs]
- Go help Appa.
[in Korean]
[smacks lips]
[in English] We're not waiting for Umma?
She said to start without her. Take it.
[dad, in Korean]
[in English] I'm sorry, Appa. I didn't...
- It's okay.
- [door opens]
[in Korean]
- [groans]
- [dad chuckles]
[in English] Uh, I don't have present too.
But I have cake!
- Ta-da!
- [family cheers, applauds]
[dad, in Korean]
[Naomi chuckles]
[in English] We tried to wait.
[sighs] Today was so busy.
[mom speaking Korean]
[high-pitched tone]
[family speaking Korean]
- [speaking Korean]
- [tone stops]
[in English, normal] So you're cool
with Umma being super late?
It's just me you want to treat like a...
A war criminal.
[Naomi] Umma was out working.
And she didn't forget Appa's birthday.
Appa's not even upset.
Why are you making it such a big deal?
Well, maybe I wouldn't have to
if you actually cared about our parents
more than you did playing hockey.
[dad, in Korean]
- [grunts]
- [in English] You scare my friends!
You embarrassed me
in front of all of them!
I wouldn't tell you to do things or yell
at you if you actually listened to me!
I'm trying to do something nice
for Appa's birthday.
And you won't even help.
What are you talking about?
When you won't do anything to help
- [Clarice, Naomi arguing]
- [electricity humming]
[in Korean]
[circuit breaker pops]
[door opens, closes]
[dad sighs]
[in English] Hey!
[Naomi, in Korean]
-[dad, in English] Very good speaker.
- [soft music playing on speaker]
[in Korean]
[dad exhales deeply]
[soft music continues]
[music continues, louder]
[music crescendos]
[music stops]
[in English] Clarice?
[both scream]
- God! Watch where you're going.
- Did you see her?
Look, I just...
I don't want you out of the house
all the time after I'm gone.
Appa's been needing more help
since Umma started her new hours,
and I know she's not at home
all that much anymore,
but she misses you.
Did she tell you to say that?
You would know
if you spent five minutes with her.
Can't you do at least that?
Just for the both of them?
Maybe it's like you said, Unnie.
I'd rather play hockey.
[in Korean]
- [Clarice, in English] What the hell?
- Hey, language.
- [screams]
- Umma!
[in Korean]
Appa! Appa!
[in English] Clarice?
Clarice, come back. Where are you going?
- Hey, stop!
- Get off of me.
You're not even gonna try finding them?
Do I have to do everything myself?
What are you gonna do, Unnie?
[exhales sharply]
[sobs] I don't know.
[glass shattering]
Unnie, are you freakin' crazy?
- She's gonna take you too! [whimpers]
- Hey, hey. It's okay.
Just, um [sniffles]
stay at a friend's tonight, okay?
I'll come get you.
[Clarice breathes shakily]
[door creaks]
[door opens, creaks]
It's weird being in Umma and Appa's room.
This is where they sleep.
Thank you for that.
Great. Now I'm thinking about it.
Appa was really this legit?
Yeah. He was, like, semi-pro in Korea.
Caught up with him though.
[door creaking]
- [door slams]
- Stay back!
[breathes heavily]
What do you want?
Where are our parents?
What are you doing?
What did you do to her?
[Naomi grunts, screams]
- [screams]
- [grunts]
[Naomi grunting]
I can't hold on
It's okay.
[high-pitched tone]
[family, muffled]
Happy birthday, dear Elena
Happy birthday to you
[family cheers, applauds]
- [Elena] This is the best birthday ever!
- [mom] I certainly hope so.
We let you skip school,
and Pap made your favorite meal.
The best restaurants in the world
would charge hundreds for my dish.
And here I am being a sucker
giving it away for free.
[laughing continues]
Naomi! Umma, Appa!
- Can you hear me?
- [Naomi] Remember when we were younger,
and you said you'd
open up a restaurant for us?
Give them back!
- [Naomi laughs]
- Restaurant?
This man can't even open a pickle jar!
[family laughing]
[mom] Elena.
You haven't touched your cake, my love.
Are you all right?
Everything's perfect, Mam.
this is my friend Clarice.
[family] Hi, Clarice!
[dad] A friend of Elena's
is always welcome here.
- How long do you plan to stay with us?
- [Naomi] Get comfy!
Have a cupcake.
Here, we will never, ever fight.
Every morning, we will wake up
and love each other more
than anything in the world.
Isn't this better?
Clarice, I'm so happy you're here.
[sighs] But this isn't my family.
And it isn't yours.
[breathes deeply]
[Clarice] Wait!
This is the worst birthday ever!
I'm so sorry, love.
- When you come home...
- I don't wanna come back!
- I hope I never see you again!
- [smacks lip] Aw. Oh.
- [gasps, whimpers]
- Elena!
[footsteps departing]
[siren wailing in distance]
I never got to say "sorry."
- [sniffles]
- You, um, never saw them again?
Mam and Pap must have hated me.
No, Elena.
Your parents loved you,
even if you pushed them away.
But I yelled at them.
Yeah, and they loved you.
[wind whistling]
Did we get her?
[breathes sharply]
[dad, in Korean]
[mom speaking Korean]
[Naomi] Umma? Appa?
[dad laughs]
- [lawn mower whirring]
- [birds twittering]
[in English] Appa this is from me.
And Umma.
[in Korean]
[exhales deeply]
[in English] Wow.
It's been a long time. [chuckles]
- [ball thuds]
- Oh! [chuckling]
[in Korean]
[in English] Your dad is so happy.
Does it make you feel sad
that I can't understand you more?
It's hard for me to tell you things.
A lot of things.
I wanna know.
As much as I can.
That is good start.
[dad speaking Korean]
[in English] Okay! Umma!
Oh, Umma!
Next time, we're playing hockey.
- Baby steps, Clarice. Baby steps.
- [dad grunting]
[Naomi grunts]
- Go ahead!
- [family exclaims, laughing]
[cheering, laughing]
[mom] Gimme five! [laughs]