Writer: Ellen Rapoport Details: pages (June 23, draft) To prepare you for Desperados, one should know that the opening scene. Honestly, Desperados isn’t a terrible script. Instead, it seems like writer Ellen Rapoport is hedging her bets in case, let’s say, financiers decide. Universal Pictures has picked up “Desperados,” a comedy spec from Ellen Rapoport that will act as a potential starring vehicle for Isla Fisher.

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Isla Fisher Is Getting DESPERADOS

Read at your own risk. Logline provided by The Black List: Ah, the Idiot Plot.

desperzdos It has a genial tone and more than a few smile-worthy moments. Then it bombed, and that was kinda the end of that. Nevertheless, Desperados is filled with similar gross-out gags and, honestly, a few similar story beats.

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That seems to be the norm these days for Idiot Plot movies: It sort of works. Superbadone of my favorites of Those are small examples, but the entire desperado hinges on one big, desperadow pile of Idiot Plot: In fact, I think this moment in the script shows a pretty clear distinction between regular plotting and Idiot Plotting: Examples abound of more Idiot Plotting: Sorry, random tangent—but seriously, what the fuck?


Worse than the Idiot Plot beats, perhaps, is the conclusion that this script does not need to take place in Mexico. Mexico serves as such a generic backdrop, it could be set in any vacation spot: Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mackinac Island, Orlando, any of our fine national parks.

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One of the alleged selling points of Desperados is that much of the action involves three American women getting into crazy situations south of the border. You could easily transpose rapopirt action to another vacation resort by only changing the names of locations and maybe three lines of dialogue.

Many of the Idiot Plot problems could easily be resolved if the story relied a little more on the natural fish-out-of-water humor that comes from a neurotic, decidedly American woman trying to navigate the unfamiliar customs of a foreign country. Aside from the excruciating Idiot Plot and the poorly exploited setting, this is standard romantic comedy fare: What does work shows that Rapoport understands comedy and understands relationships.


She just relies too much on people who are supposed to be smart acting stupid for no clear reason. I understand this is an old post but I just wanted to say that I think she stole the idea from this viral video, which is supposedly a true story.

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