Standing Still

Creator: Daniel Trudeau
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Age rating: 13 and older
Two high-school friends find themselves rudderless in their old hometown. One went into the world and returned defeated. The other never left. When a woman opens up a bookstore in town, she inspires them to finally move forward, possibly at the cost of their friendship.
Synopsis: Fran and Charles have been friends since high school. They're now in their late twenties, living in their small hometown outside the Detroit suburbs. Fran went off to college with dreams of becoming a writer but came home to run his mother's flower shop after she died. He now plods through the days, kept company by Rhonda, a wild employee who worked for his mother as well. Charles never left town and has settled into a job as a bank office manager. He talks about running a theater someday, and putting on Fran's plays, but has never taken any action on it.

Every morning the two of them walk to work together, spending time talking about what's on their mind before they begin their very routine days. Charles spends a good deal of energy trying to get Fran out of the shell he's been hiding in since his mother passed but without much success.

Things get shaken up when a woman, Lindsay, opens up a bookstore in town. She and Charles begin dating, with both uncertain how interested they really are in each other. While this is going on, Fran tries his hand at connecting with women without success and has to deal with his slacker Uncle Harold, who has returned to town, bringing unresolved issues from Fran's mother's death.

Lindsay decides to join Charles' efforts to bring Fran out of his shell, getting him to a party and talking to him about writing again. She becomes part of their routine as the three of them do their morning walk to work together.

As time goes on, she and Fran also become close. She confides in him about issues with Charles and dating in general, as she's a woman who always ends relationships before they get too deep. Finally, Fran makes his move, kissing her while she talks about her doubts. She leaves afterwards and Charles winds up on his doorstep later that night, telling Fran that Lindsay has split up with him.

After being blown off by Lindsay the next day, Fran decides to unburden his conscience and tells Charles about the kiss. Charles is as upset as one would expect and unloads on Fran, telling him he's sick of the "woe is me" act and that he won't be around anymore to help him out of it. Things get worse for Fran when he gets into a confrontation with his uncle, who is now dating Rhonda from the flower shop. Fran accuses him of ducking out on his mother when she needed her brother the most. Harold turns the tables, telling Fran he's disrespecting his mother's memory by using it as an excuse to hide from the world.

Stung by the accusation, Fran strolls through he and Charles' morning walk in the dead of night. In front of the flower shop, he remembers his mother insisting he go out and live his own life. With a new sense of purpose, he heads home.

The next day, he begins by stopping Charles as he's leaving the bank and apologizing. Charles shrugs it off. Back at the flower shop, he lets Rhonda know he's going to go back to writing and he's promoting her to store manager. He even lets his uncle know he's welcome to stay with him until he gets things straightened out. Still, he can't bring himself to approach Lindsay.

Shortly after, Charles comes knocking on his door to let him know that he forgives him. He couples this with news that he's partnered with a bank client to rennovate and manage a theater. As they always discussed, he will open it with one of Fran's plays. Fran is stunned both because something is breaking in his favor and also because Charles will be moving away.

On his way out of town, Charles swings by Lindsay's store, letting her know he's going and that she should give Fran a chance. She doesn't seem convinced.

Several months later, it's opening night for the show and Fran is feeling off because he never approached Lindsay again. As the play begins, he leaves and heads back towards home. He catches Lindsay leaving her store and tells her he doesn't know if things will work out between the two of them but they'd be sorry if they didn't try. She decides to him a shot and they head back to the theater together, arriving just as the audience is applauding the end.

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