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Estranged twin brothers try to repair their relationship. Bill is a professor of Classical Studies who has to help his twin brother. At the beginning of the movie, Bill rebuffs the sexual advances of a student named Anne who has been trying to impress him with her knowledge of the Greek and Latin classics. Anne comes to Bill's office and propositions him, but Bill does not want to jeopardize his reputation with an inappropriate relationship with a student, and he convinces Anne to leave his office. Then Bill gets a phone call from a friend of his twin brother Brady, saying that Brady is dead. Bill quickly leaves his home in the Northeast to fly to Oklahoma, where he grew up, thinking that he will be attending Brady's funeral. When Bill arrives in Oklahoma, he finds out that Brady is actually alive and that he faked his death in order to convince Bill to fly to Oklahoma, because Brady is in trouble with drug dealers to whom he owes money, and he needs Bill's help . Brady makes a living growing and selling marijuana. Bill is angry and yells that this sort of behavior is exactly why he no longer associates with his relatives in Oklahoma and why he made a new life for himself as a professor in the Northeast. Bill's feelings toward Oklahoma begin to change when he meets a woman named Janet who is, in Bill's opinion, as smart as the people with whom he has tried to associate himself. When Bill gets a phone call from his student Anne, who is upset that another professor gave her a B-plus in a class, he realizes that his life back east was also full of stress. Brady is unable to resolve his problems, and Brady's enemies eventually attack both brothers, killing Brady and seriously injuring Bill. When Bill recovers, he decides to stay in Oklahoma with his mother, Brady's girlfriend and their baby, and Janet.
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Best part of story, including ending: I liked that it represented university life in a humorous way and the way it represented the two brothers' vastly different personalities.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was Bill's phone conversation with Anne, in which she is very upset about getting a B-plus in a class, while Bill realizes that there are much more important problems in the world.

Opinion about the main character: I like Bill because he wanted to change his circumstances, and he succeeded. I identified with him because he wants to help others, but he is impatient.

The review of this Movie prepared by Jennifer Tobkin a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Script Analysis of Leaves of Grass

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   life in drug culture

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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