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Phylicia Rashad screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Phylicia Rashad’s “Dumbass”

Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?

19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Phylicia Rashad and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Phylicia Rashad production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.

PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.

SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.

It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.

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About Phylicia Rashad’s “Dumbass” Movie

The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Phylicia Rashad and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.

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-This is wrong! The writer provided no visuals whatsoever. The reader has no idea what’s being seen. Is Matt standing, sitting, holding a gun or smoking a cigarette? Is Joe near the door, at a table, etc.? Also, the reader has no idea who is in the room until they speak. This wrong format tells the reader that the writer isn’t suited to write for the visual medium known as film because the writer can’t even form a simple picture in the reader’s mind by remembering to always include visual action/description at the beginning of every scene. This includes continuing scenes! Don’t leave the reader guessing as to the setting just because the characters moved from EXT. to INT. It’s the writer’s job to set the stage!

It’s not here.

Phylicia Rashad – JOE

Where’s the money, Joe?


Phylicia Rashad – How many times have we seen a bunch of birds fly up in a hero’s face or a cat drop off a refrigerator, freaking the heroine and audience out with a false scare? (In The Terminator it was an iguana.) While you do run the risk of cliché or outright stupidity, false scares are a staple of suspense for a reason, and if your story has gone too long without suspense, I suggest you try putting in a false scare, mainly for this reason: very often brainstorming on a false scare will give you an idea for a real, organic scare.

One of the rules of comedy is: Always go for the joke. Likewise, one of the rules of suspense is: Always go for the scare.


by: Phylicia Rashad – Actress | Soundtrack | Producer, The Cosby Show (1984-1992) | For Colored Girls (2010) | Creed (II) (2015)

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