Marjorie Thomas, Brendan Reynolds
Professor Hobbs
Mass Media and Children
21-2-2011
The Magic Wand-Children and Play Fighting

Characters:
Edward, age 7, Brian’s friend, fighting with nerf gun
Brian, age 7, Edward’s friend, fighting with nerf gun
Denise, age 46, Brian’s mother, tries to break up the fight
Fran, age 45, Edward’s mother, explains play violence and real violence to the boys



FADE IN:

LIVING ROOM OF EDWARD’S HOME-MEDIUM SHOT.THE TWO BOYS EDWARD AND BRIAN ARE PLAY FIGHTING WITH NERF GUNS. BRIAN’S MOTHER DENISE COMES TO THE DOOR TO PICK UP HER SON AND SHE FINDS THE BOYS FGHTING. SHE GETS MAD AND STARTS YELLING. EDWARD’S MOTHER FRAN RUSHES IN FROM THE KITCHEN TO SEE WHAT ALL THE YELLING IS ABOUT. SHE FINDS THE BOYS AND THE NERF GUNS. SHE THEN SITS THEM DOWN AND EXPLAINS TO THEM THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLAY FIGHTING AND REAL FIGHTING. FRAN THEN EXPLAINS HOW PLAY FIGHTING WITH NERF GUNS IS OK AS LONG AS BOTH BOYS REALIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL AND MAKE BELIEVE.

LAUGHING AND PLAY FIGHTING WITH THE TELEVISON ON IN THE BACKGROUND, THE TELEVISON SHOW IS COPS

Brian:

Take that and that and that…



Edward:

You will never defeat me. (Laughs loudly)



Brian:

I shot you, your dead.



Edward:

Nu uh I shot you first, your dead.



Brian:

No you didn’t, I killed you.



Edward:

Your wrong I killed you.


The boys continue to fight and argue waving their nerf guns at each other



BRIAN’S MOTHER DENISE WALKS THROUGH THE DOOR AND YELLS AT THE BOYS TO STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING


Denise:

Hey! What are you two boys doing?



Brian:

We are just playing cops.



Edward:

Yeah we are shooting each other with our nerf guns.



Brian:

Yeah mom watch this, stop him, he took my wallet!



Edward:

I got your back, don't worry about it!



Denise:

Hold on one second, you boys’ will not being playing cops anymore. Also you will not be playing with these guns anymore. This is wrong and I will not let you keep up these shenanigans for one more minute.



Brian:

But mom we are just messing around.



Edward:

Yeah, we aren’t hurting each other for real. We are just having fun.



Brian:

We are just imitating the television show that we are watching.



Edward:

It is called cops. They shoot each other and beat each other up and arrest the bad guys!



The boys go back to fighting and shooting each other with nerf guns. Denise gets even more upset and yells at them once more to stop fighting


Denise:

I want both of you boys to stop this instant! You are both in big trouble. Now give me those nerf guns. Brian we are leaving now and Edward I want you to go to your room and stay there until I talk to your mother about what I saw this afternoon.


THE NEXT DAY BACK AT EDWARD’S HOUSE

Brian:

So what do you want to do today?



Edward:

Lets play with our nerf guns. Your mom is not here to stop us and they are fun.



Brian:

Ok sounds good to me.



Edward:

Let’s see what’s on TV..Oh look cops is on again!



Brian:

Sweet! Ok here you go let’s play.



Edward:

You’re so dead I am going to kill you with my nerf gun.



Brian:

Not before I kill you first. BANG BANG!



Edward:

BANG BANG BANG!



Edward:

I got you Brian your dead.



Brian:

No you didn’t I got you first.



ONCE AGAIN THEY BEGIN FIGHTING AND WRESTLING WITH EACH OTHER


Brian:

Your going to die now once I shoot you with my gun.



Edward:

Not before I kill you first with my gun.



Brian:

BANG your dead.



Edward:

This is fun I like playing guns.



AT THAT MOMENT EDWARD’S MOTHER FRAN WALKS INTO THE LIVING ROOM FROM THE KITCHEN AND SHE HAS HEARD WHAT EDWARD SAID ABOUT PLAYING WITH GUNS


Fran:

Boys what are you doing?



Brian:

We are playing cops.



Edward:

Yeah mom we are playing guns and shooting each other.



Fran:

Ok that’s fine with me as long as you know the difference between real and fake.



Edward:

What do you mean mom?



Fran:

What I mean is I think I should sit down with both of you and explain the show cops to you and I am going to be here with you from now on when you play guns.



Brian:

But why?



Fran:

Because I want to make sure you boys understand the difference between real and fake.



Edward:

Oh ok. Can you do it now, because we want to finish our game?



Fran:

Ok. Just let me finish making lunch then we will talk.







15 MINUTES LATER AFTER FRAN HAS EXPLAINED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL AND FAKE WHEN IT COMES TO PLAY FIGHTING AND GUNS


Fran:

Now you boys are still allowed to play fight and use your guns as long as I am in the room with you, this way I can make sure you understand what you are doing is not real.



Brian and Edward together:

Ok let’s play and use our nerf guns now!