4. The Car Ride Scene in Hav Plenty
Hav Plenty had all of my favorite things: romantic tension, unrequited love and the art of writing. It’s based on the true story of the film’s director/writer Christopher Scott Cherot. It’s all about wanting the one thing you can never have. We sympathize with the main character Lee Plenty (played by Cherot) as he watches his dream girl Havilland Savage (played by Chenoa Maxwell) fall for a slick-talking, ill-intentioned poser. The culmination of this love/hate cat and mouse game climaxes in a scene heavy with tension, but light on the theatrics. After Lee resists an opportunity to kiss Havilland’s very much married sister and gets knocked out by her husband as a result, Havilland sits beside Lee on a car ride and with a turn of phrase suddenly realizes he’s everything she’s wanted and he’s about to walk out of her life…then she lets him. We see it written all over her face although Lee is oblivious. It’s exactly how love happens: Completely out of nowhere.