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Layabout is a short film revolving around the living arrangement between a young man named Riley and his father Marcel, after choosing to leave the Jehovah's Witness religion he was raised in by his mother.
Riley has recently moved into Marcel's one bedroom apartment in the city, and is spending nearly all his time doing nothing for the first time in his life. He is living the life of someone who has been absent from any real contact with the outside world other than public school. He lays around playing video games, eating very poorly (much like his father), and watching films--Until his mother calls with a request. She asks him to go to a special event that Jehovah's Witnesses have every year, "The Memorial". Knowing the gravity of this event, Riley struggles with the guilt surrounding his choice to leave, and his choice to go to the Memorial. All the while, his father Marcel has thinned the ice underneath Riley's stay with him, urging him to take charge of his life, and to stop wasting time living a sedentary lifestyle. The plot revolves around the Riley's veiled guilt and lack of respect for both Marcel and Tamara's ways of life.
Eventually, Riley's issues with inaction are raised by Marcel, and another choice is brought to the forefront.