GOOD BOYS SCRIPT SUPERVISOR PATTI HENDERSON ON THE JOYS & CHALLENGES OF COMEDY

If you’re not sure precisely what a script supervisor does, you’re not alone. Script Supervisor Patti Henderson talked to the MPAA/MPA-Canada’s online magazine TheCredits about her work on Good Boys.

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Co-writer and director Gene Stupnitsky’s Good Boys is a new comedy that focuses on that age-old conundrum; what to do when the drone you’ve “borrowed” from your dad to spy on a couple of kissing teenagers gets destroyed, and your attempts to replace it lead to a series of cascading catastrophes? 12-year-old Max (Room‘s Jacob Tremblay) and his buddies are due to attend their first “kissing party,” but they’ve got no idea how to kiss. Thus Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams, Fox’s The Last Man On Earth) deploy the aforementioned drone—which belongs to Max’s dad (Will Forte)—to spy on a couple of expert teenage kissers next door, with the resultant destruction of the drone, the mad dash to replace it (they skip school), and the odyssey of misfortune that follows (think stolen drugs, paintball, cops, and teenage girls).

Such is the premise of Good Boys, which is a little bit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a little bit Superbad, and a whole lot of pint-sized hijinx. Considering two of the film’s producers are Seth Rogen and Evan GoldbergSuperbad and Pineapple Express co-writers, you can expect a lot of ribald comedy in Good Boys. For script supervisor Patti HendersonGood Boys’ humor presented major challenge thanks in part to the comedy flying hard and fast. If you’re not sure precisely what a script supervisor does, you’re not alone.

“We’re kind of shadow people,” Henderson says. “We’re around, but people don’t really know what we do. It’s the weirdest thing. Even in the crew will sometimes say, ‘I’ve always wondered what you’re doing.’”

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