written by James Kearns
Mike (Daniel E. Smith): Hi, Dad. You find me a heart?
John: Yeah, kid. We got you one. Look like you've got a guardian angel. Try to stay awake for a minute, will you? I just need to tell you a few things. I want you always to listen to your mother. Because she's your best friend and family is important. And girls? You're too young for them now, but when the time comes, treat them like princesses because that's what they are. And if you say you'll do something, do it, because your world should be your bond. And if you have a chance to make money, go for it, even if it means selling out once in a while. Don't be a knucklehead like your father. Everything's so much easier with money. Don't smoke. And try to be kind. But if someone chooses you, be a man and stand up for yourself. And don't get caught up in the bad things, there's too many great things out there.
(John just sits there, the tears running down his face, not knowing what to say.) John: Mike?
(Mike's eyes open.)
Mike: Yeah, Dad?
John: See you later, buddy.
This monologue was taken directly from the "John Q" screenplay. There may be differences between this and the final filmed product.
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