Synopsis:Successful financial consultant Robert Stanforth lives in a comfortable little world. He has everything a man with his wealth could hope for, and then some. A large house in an upper-middle class neighborhood, two luxury cars, a country club membership . . . a teenaged son whom he barely knows, and a wife who loathes him.
One night at supper, Robert’s wife Elizabeth surprises him with an announcement. She is tired of living with passionless zombie and she wants a divorce. Although a fighter in the business world, Robert capitulates on the domestic front. Elizabeth gets her divorce, the house, and a hefty monthly alimony payment. Robert is awarded something he’d rather do without: a weekend per month and a month during summer visitation rights with his teenaged son Jacob.
Forced by his ex-wife’s trip to the Caribbean, Robert takes a month off from the office for his court-ordered visitation. Jacob talks his reluctant father into taking a real vacation. On this trip into the desert, they accidentally team up with a neo-hippie couple on their way back from a “business trip” to Mexico, a group of vintage hippies from a desert commune, a bandit known as the “Desert Robin Hood,” and a Navajo family, especially Violet, with whom he falls in love. In an attempt to aid the “Desert Robin Hood” on his last heist so that he can retire and start a foundation to help the Navajo, Robert unintentionally becomes Number Three on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted Fugitives list.
VISITATION RITES is a coming-of-age comedy in which the hero comes of age in middle age.
After becoming a finalist in a long-ago Scriptapalooza competition yet receiving no bites from agents, directors, or producers, this project got shelved, but taken off the shelf for occasional tweaking. Here is the latest!