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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Tobin Bell’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 Tobin Bell 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 Tobin Bell 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 Tobin Bell’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, Tobin Bell 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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O.s. the sound of thunder.

4) o.s. (small letters). It means off stage and is commonly used in dialogue and written as (O.S.) in caps. It’s rarely used in description, but means the same thing. Something is happening off stage. No matter where it’s located in the description, it’s still lower case, unless it’s at the start of a sentence. Here are examples:

Tobin Bell – The ladies gossip MOS at a table.

3) MOS means ‘without sound’. It’s the oldest formatting technique around and I believe it’s one of the first ever used in screenwriting. Using this means we can see the characters speaking, but we can’t hear them. I rarely see it used by aspiring writers, but it’s a common technique among pros. Here’s how it looks:

[33:50] Ira has lunch with Elaine on his yacht. The roses on the table indicate a possible romance there between Elaine and her captor. (Which is a funny little subplot; true to character, Elaine is instantly attracted to another inappropriate man. Also this seems to run in the family; both Joan and Elaine are attracted to bad boys, Elaine in real life, Joan in her fantasies and then in real life.)


ACT TWO, Part 1

The bottom line to me is – it doesn’t really matter. You can go crazy debating the exact moment, but of course in a romance you’re going for multiple climaxes, and that’s exactly what this movie pulls off so well.

by: Tobin Bell – Actor | Producer | Director, Saw (2004) | Mississippi Burning (1988) | The Firm (1993)

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