Nickelback – Learn The Hard Way

Old man biker, for Nickelback's 'Learn The Hard Way, music video script by The Flash Fiction Ponder.

 

 

LEARN

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Song

By

Nickelback

 

All Rights Reserved

 

FADE IN:

 

INT. BAR – NIGHT

From an over-the-shoulder shot of a leather jacket Chad and his girlfriend can be seen in a booth a few tables away from the bar. (Chad’s back facing camera, as is the front of his hot girlfriend.)

He gets up, turns around and heads for the bathroom.

Which is just the opportunity our leathered one was waiting for as he heads over to the tall glass of blonde. (We follow at his back.)

Right before singing starts up we fast-forward, the player on the hunt sliding right in beside hottie (his hand simultaneously sliding into hers) as we get a good look at Pappy, the playboy.

He’s an old fart, no younger than 80.

End fast-forward.

A little impressed by his slickness, Chad’s flirty girlfriend looks up from his hand in hers and gives him a yummy smile.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Hey there little darlin’

where’d the old man go?

 

He leans in closer.

Extreme close-up, she licks her lips.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Why don’t we get out of town

and do it all night long?

 

Pappy strokes a finger down hottie’s cheek.

In fast-forward they get up and start to head out hand in hand.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

We can lie out in the field

‘til the morning light

 

As they near the foreground of the frame we hit Slo-Mo, Blondie looking hotter than ever, Pappy’s eyes scanning left to right lookin’ out for the boyfriend.

We shoot back to fast-forward right after Pappy delivers his lip-synch, the two out like a bullet with Chad just missing them as he comes back from around the corner to find his girl gone.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Then me and your old man

are gonna have to fight

 

End fast-forward

 

His back to camera Chad looks from one side of the booth to the other, puzzled.

 

LYRICS

Start the loving in the truck

and wind up in the ditch

 

We zoom in to an extreme close-up as he turns around.

 

LYRICS

Then the old man come a runnin’

with a hickory switch

 

MATCH CUT:

 

Starting from an extreme close-up on Chad we fall back on him and Nickelback performing.

 

LYRICS

(Chad singing)

Oh

No

gotta I learn this someday

Why

I

gotta learn the hard way

 

EXT. STREET RACE – NIGHT

Starting from an extreme close-up on Pappy we fall back on him and Chad standing in the middle of the street in front of their slick rides (Pappy’s vehicle, an old pickup truck decked out for modern times.)

Jumping to fast-forward Pappy rushes to his truck and hops through his driver-side, ready to burn rubber.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Buddy showed me

just how fast a car can go

 

Back on Chad, we’re now in Slo-Mo as he stares his nemesis down while the pink slip floats by his face.

He rushes to his own car in fast-forward, the two eyeing each other as they ram up their engines.

 

LYRICS

I’ll race you for your pink slip

right before this show

 

End fast-forward

 

Close-up, Pappy gestures to Chad’s girl as he continues to stare him down.

We quickly pan camera over to hottie.

Then to Chad, looking from her over to him.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Put your girlfriend in the bet

to make things good

 

Camera whips back around to her looking at the ol’ stud with dangerous eyes.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Coz she’s been staring at me

like no girlfriend should

 

Pappy’s reaction.

Then back to Chad given his girlfriend a look like “what the hell?!”

Pappy guns it, leaving his adversary sitting there still as a stone as he SPEEDS down the street.

 

LYRICS

Bastard’s sitting right there

on the starting line

 

With a big smile on his face Pappy looks back through his rearview mirror.

In fast-forward camera shoots through the back window of the pickup, back down the street and towards a close-up of Chad.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Stuck the sugar in your gas tank

by myself last night

 

MATCH CUT:

 

Starting from a close-up on Chad we fall back some then head back in on his GUITAR, pushing down it to…

 

LYRICS

(Chad singing)

Oh

No

gotta learn this someday

Why

I

gotta learn the hard way

 

MATCH CUT:

 

The slick pickup RACING down the street. ((Matching long guitar neck with long street.)

INSIDE, Chad’s girl snaked around Pappy’s side.

Exterior shot, Pappy pops a blue pill into his mouth, but as he gets a good look at what’s waiting for him he realizes he doesn’t need it and spits it back out.

Extreme close-up, the blue pill, Viagra, landing on the dashboard.

GOING INTO THE BRIEF INSTRUMENTAL SECTION…

We slowly crane up on the exterior of the truck as it aggressively shakes and rocks around from the activity inside.

 

LYRICS

Yeah

 

As we wrap up the INSTRUMENTAL quick multiple shots of different angles around the poundin’ pickup..

INT. CLUB M – NIGHT

Starting from extreme close-up we fall back on Pappy and his ol’ geezer bandmates rocking out on stage.

 

LYRICS

(Pappy lip-synching)

Hey there little darlin’

where’d the old man go?

Why don’t we get out of town

and do it all night long?

 

Chad’s girl, now his girl, is at the foot of the stage cheering her new man on.

At her back a crowd of young hotties partying to the old farts as they perform like they’re ageless.

 

 

LYRICS

We can lie out in the field

‘til the morning light

 

The whole club is full of grandpas with hot tight youngins!

 

LYRICS

Then me and your old man

are gonna have to fight

 

INT. PAPPY’S PLACE – NIGHT

On the door we fall back as it BURSTS OPEN, Chad mad as hell as he scans Pappy’s empty place with hickory switch in hand looking to get even.

 

LYRICS

Start the loving in the truck

and wind up in the ditch

 

We push back into an extreme close-up of pissed off Chad.

 

LYRICS

The old man come a runnin’

with a hickory switch

 

MATCH CUT:

 

Extreme close-up to close-up on Chad performing.

 

LYRICS

(Chad singing)

Oh

No

gotta learn this someday

Why

I

gotta learn the hard way

 

INT. PAPPY’S PLACE – CONTINUOUS

Chad looks from a copy of Mature magazine to a pack of adult diapers.

Wishing they were his nemesis he shreds up the diapers with his bare hands.

Still not satisfied he scans for more.

Swiping a glass of water with floating dentures off the nightstand he sends it SHATTERING against the wall.

 

LYRICS

Oh

No

gotta learn this someday

 

Back to Chad performing. (Close up to camera, the rest of Nickelback at his back)

 

LYRICS

(Chad singing)

Why

I

gotta learn the hard way

 

FADE OUT:

 

FADE IN:

Two-shot of Pappy and hot Blondie sitting up in bed after some mighty good lovin’.

He winks to camera.

 

FADE OUT:

 

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