Shopping Bagged

Maury Levine

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GENRE

COMEDY MYSTERY

    Core Theme

    COMMUNITY, STICKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE A MYSTERY

    TIME PERIOD

    Early 20th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    MALLRATS, SUPERSTORE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • JUSTIN NIX: 30+. LEAD. YOUR AVERAGE JOE. HE HAD FALLEN BACKWARDS TO GET WHERE HE IS AT. HE WORKS HARD, BUT HE DOESN'T HAVE DIRECTION FOR HIS LIFE.
    • BEAUREGARD HENRY - 60. ANTAGONIST. MALL OWNER. CHARMING, CONFIDENT, CRIMINAL, EDUCATED, ENGAGING, MANIPULATIVE, OUTSPOKEN, POWER-HUNGRY.

    Logline

    Shopping center developer Beauregard Henry has a secret buried under the fountain at his South Square Mall.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Alabama - Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Black Rose Writing

    Year Published: 2013

    Starting Description

    There's a lot more than a killer sale at the mall! Shopping center developer Beauregard Henry has a secret buried under the fountain at his South Square Mall. What seemed like a perfectly good hiding place is now drawing all kinds of unwanted attention.

    Ending Description

    All characters converge on the mall fountain in an attempt to find the body - mass confusion ensues.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    ,A slapstick race to discover why a body is burried under a mall.

    Main Character Details

    Name: Beauregard Henry

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Charming, Confident, Criminal, Educated, Engaging, Manipulative, Outspoken, Power-hungry

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Justin Nix

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Empathetic, Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Lawrence Clifton

    Age: 45

    Gender: Male

    Role: Skeptic

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Blunt, Crazy, Funny, Outspoken

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    Shopping center developer Beauregard Henry has a secret buried under the fountain at his South
    Square Mall. Will manager Justin Nix and his crew of misfits unravel the mystery?

    What We Liked

    The South Square Mall manager, Justin Nix, has enough on his plate trying to wrangle in the colorful
    cast of characters he employs, but when a mall vendor has had enough with the deteriorating
    conditions of the mall, he makes a ruckus. Such a loud ruckus that the owner of the mall, Mr
    Beauregard Henry himself, listens. Unfortunately, said vendor knows more about the mall and Mr.
    Henry then he would like to - and it’s up to Justin to figure out what it is and why it involves the mall's
    fountain. Most of the story takes place exclusively inside the mall, and the mystery of what is under
    the fountain will bring in the viewers. The cast and unfolding craziness will keep them there - and
    coming back. This comedy has enough wacky characters to be an ensemble film or a weekly series
    on a major network. Think Mallrats and Superstore. There can be enough hijinks in one location that
    will keep viewers coming back for more laughs. Pop culture remarks come pouring in.
    Key points: This has the potential to become a cult classic like Kevin Smith’s Mallrats; the story has
    enough turns to keep viewers guessing what is really under the fountain; Justin is the “everyman”
    most viewers can identify with; the characters are quirky larger than life, almost like a cartoon - which
    should translate to the screen well; most of the film/TV show takes place in one location.

    Synopsis

    Justin Nix is your everyday man; the manager of the South Square Mall. This is your "everytown"
    establishment. Here, Justin has the daily tasks of ranging in his quirky staff and managing the day to
    day. The mall has seen better days; ceiling tiles are missing, pipes are broken, and vendors are leaving
    left and right. That's not good - no patrons are coming. That's where the vendor of the “Leaves and
    Vines” kiosk, Lawrence Clifton, draws the line. He loves this mall and wants nothing more than to see
    it return to its old days of thriving glory. He stages a couple of demonstrations which catches the eye
    of the owner of this mall (and many other places), Mr Beauregard Henry. Justin puts on his detective
    hat when Lawrence receives no punishment from Mr. Henry for the lewd and ruckus demonstrations
    he puts on. Justin believes there is something more to their relationship and he is going to get to the
    bottom of it.
    Little does Justin know that "IT" is the bottom of the South Square fountain. Lawrence hints that,
    legend has it, something is buried underneath there, and Mr. Henry won’t stop at anything to make
    sure it's buried there. Lawrence's continued demonstrations and Justin's snooping around have
    forced Mr. Henry's hand, he has to act now before he is caught.
    With the help of his right hand man, Bruce, Mr. Henry agree to renovate and upgrade the mall. This is
    the perfect plan to dig up the box buried under the fountain. Too bad Justin and Lawrence are wise to
    Mr. Henry and, one late night, chaos ensues. When the dust settles, Mr. Henry, Lawrence, and Justin
    have lost the box. Mr Henry loses his mind trying to find the box, only for it to show up at the rival
    mall's fountain - someone had their backs. The other mall’s owner is hauled off to jail for killing the
    zoning director - whose remains lie within the mysterious box.

    About The Author

    Maury Levine lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his family. A call center manager by day, Maury plays drums for musical theater productions at night. Some people have said that he is obsessed with malls. A statement he can't understand at all. Just because he snuck into a mall that was under construction and one that was being demolished? Who amongst us hasn't done that? Shopping Bagged is Maury's first novel.