Webster Groves - The Life of an Insane Family Living in the Perfect American Suburb

Robert FitzGibbon robertfitzgibbon@yahoo.com 3570933170330

MEMOIR COMEDY BIOGRAPHICAL FAMILY MELODRAMA

1960s & '70s

RJ O'Guillory

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Logline

Webster Groves is a story of contrast between a terribly dysfunctional family, and living in "Six square miles of the American Dream". Webster Groves is told through the eyes of kids exposed to incredible abuse, corruption, racism, alcoholism and the idiocy of their corrupt Law Enforcement parents.

Genre

Memoir,Comedy,Biographical,Family,Melodrama

Short Summary

I ran away from home when I was five years old. I hated my parents and I hated my home. I planned to live in the Gardener's Shed of the golf course, and to catch squirrels for my meals. I was nabbed less than a block away, dragged home and forced to tell my insane parents why I ran away. I lied


After 30 years trying to understand our childhood-mistreatment, in my mid-thirties, when I discovered a half-brother who was a couple weeks older than myself, and that his Mother was also pregnant with my Father's child while my Mom was pregnant with me, I began to understand.

Setting

Webster Groves, Missouri (St. Louis)

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Bobby

Age: 5-35

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Clumsy,Complex,Empathetic,Modest,Outspoken,Funny,Visionary,Sarcastic,Naive,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Father

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Engaging,Insecure,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Funny,Blunt,Narcisstic,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Mother

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Villainous,Narcisstic,Criminal,Blunt,Funny,Sarcastic,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Webster Groves is a coming-of-age tale about growing up in an incredibly dysfunctional home during the 1960's. The City of Webster Groves was chosen by CBS News in 1968 as the topic of two nationally broadcast documentaries narrated by Charles Kuralt, and were about living in "six square miles of the American Dream". Webster Groves is a story of contrast between the abuse, neglect and corruption at the hands of corrupt Law Enforcement Parents, and the perfect city of Webster Groves. Webster Groves presents a cauldron of hilarious abuse, bizarre behaviors...and eventually, the key to long-held-family-secrets.

About The Author

- RJ O'Guillory is a retired US Department of Defense Executive who worked and lived around the world while developing candidates to manage high volume businesses on US Military Installations across The US Empire. Mr. O'Guillory was raised in Webster Groves, Missouri...a small St. Louis suburb which was the topic of two 1968 nationally-broadcast documentaries about growing up in "Six square miles of The American Dream".

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

Bobby details his abusive childhood at the hands of his dysfunctional parents. He describes how it affected him in his adult life. He became suicidal and spends some time in a mental institution.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story is very detailed and descriptive about the environment Bobby and his siblings grew up in. He paints a very vivid picture of his parents and how the abuse went unchecked by those around them.

Possible Drawbacks

The entire story is very depressing. He recounts years and years of physical and emotional abuse. As an adult, he lives a dysfunctional life because he hasn't recognized the damage his childhood has caused. There are no bright spots at all during this story until the last moment.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Bobby comes to terms with his abusive childhood as an adult . I would watch this movie to see the resilience of the human spirit. Bobby has a harrowing time as a child and doesn't live in a safe space. He mentions at the end how proud he is of his siblings because they all raised good, healthy children despite their upbringing. It is about rising above your circumstances and ending the cycle of abuse which is very inspiring.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase because of how uplifting it could be. It is the exploration of a man's life and how he dealt with the circumstances he was dealt with.

Awards Potential

This story does have awards potential. It explores human emotion and the experiences children can have at the hands of certain personalities. Bobby's parents were racist, Nazi supporters.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

GOOD WILL HUNTING, PRECIOUS

What’s New About the Story

The story is original because of the circumstances Bobby and his siblings grew up under. His father was a racist police officer with a drinking problem and a love child. His mother was emotionally manipulative. It is a true story and cannot be made more unique.

Lead Characters

The lead character doesn't stand out. The story follows him from the age of 5 to 35. He recognizes the abuse in his life and is angry. That carries on into adulthood. He deals with his life much as we have seen others in his situation. Bobby is angry, tries to live a normal life but must first face the fact that he needs to heal, to lead a successful life.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a gem because Bobby writes with so much detail and emotion about his life. He doesn't come across bitter because he is on the other side of healing.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This is a consider over a recommend because it is very depressing. Bobby has so many experiences that are heartbreaking and destructive. He has so much baggage that his adult life is marred. He ends up divorced and takes a handful of pills. He hits rock bottom. It is a heavy story with very few uplifting points which might be too much for an audience. There needs to be some moments of light and hope.