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DEXTERITY --a warm-hearted comedy of deception

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Uploaded on Oct 22, 2016

Good-hearted people look like easy prey to self-serving people, but sometimes help can come in the most unexpected ways. Dexterity has a lot of heart and a load of laughs as we see what happens to literary agent Jerry Goodman, a man who may be too kind for his own good.

Jerry's often been in trouble trying to help struggling new writers. He also has a habit of trying to help the down-and-out. This time he's taken an option on a new novel. If he can't make a deal with a Hollywood producer to pick up the option, he is out of a job. The producer, Gordon, asked Jerry to show him an authentic New England Christmas, so Jerry rented a farm house in Connecticut. Jerry's wife (Stelle) isn't happy about rearranging her life for the holidays but she's doing her best to make things go well by bringing in part-time help (Terry) to cook. Complicating matters is a homeless man Jerry brought home from the train station. Dexter alters personalities from a barely verbal derelict who may be hearing voices to a seemingly well-educated, erudite and romantic assistant (who may suffer from narcolepsy).
When the producer and his wife (Dede) arrive early, Jerry and his wife provide a plausible explanation for Dexter's presence. When Dexter discovers that the producer isn't what he seems, information is supplied that appears to ruin the deal and Jerry's career. The cook thinks there's something familiar about Dexter and doubts he's really a homeless person, but a relationship begins to develop between them that adds both confusion and zest. Of course, Dexter isn't what he seems, either, returning Jerry's kindness with surprising generosity.
Characters--
Jerry: male, 40's
Stelle: female, 40's; Jerry's wife
Terry: female, 30's; part-time cook and housekeeper
Dexter: male, 30's; maybe homeless, maybe not
Gordon: male, 50's; Hollywood producer
Dede: female, 50's; Gordon's wife

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