Artificial Sweetener

Creator: Rich Bove
Genre: Drama
Age rating: 17 and older
When life gives you lemons: artificial sweetener.
Project collaboration: Closed
Synopsis: “Artificial Sweetener, baby. It makes life a little more bearable.”

Ryan Todd is a divorced father. Due to his inability to hold a job for a prolonged time, and the promise of “The World’s Greatest Novel”, he has lost visitation to see his precocious seven-year-old daughter, Olivia. His ex-wife has married into money and seeks a better life for their child. She also doesn’t like the idea that Ryan draws cartoons called, “The Wiggle Dicks”, for a Men’s magazine.

Kristian Todd is Ryan’s younger brother. He has carried an unnecessary guilt over the last twenty years and is looking for redemption. While trying to make amends for all his shortcomings, he keeps getting sidetracked by the one thing he truly cares about: getting high.

Herman “Tres” Todd is Ryan’s older brother. He’s angry. He’s brutish. He’s a cop. What he lacks in anger management skills, he makes up in a softer side that no one can see except for his lover. Tres hasn’t kept in touch with his two brothers since he revealed a secret that may have ostracized him from his family and friends.

Through the eyes of the three brothers – and the various childhood flashbacks that bring insight to the characters – we see that life is not all a bowl of cherries. Sometimes you get stuck with the pits.

“If you saw a man drowning, would you not toss him a safety vest?”

“Not all of us are drowning. Some of us like to tread water.”

By way of drunken conversation or a shocking confession, the brothers dive into religion, politics, drugs, and sex, and find out that individuality is a quality that allows man to live life to the fullest...

...but not all of us are meant to be saved.

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  • Script 1 - Rich's Original Draft
    Creative Notes:
    This current version reached the semi-finals in both the 2010 Blue Cat and Scriptapalooza screenwriting contests.