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GENRE: A Quirky, Indie Romantic Comedy (102 min)

 

ERA / Setting: Modern / City

 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Male-Female (18-35)

 

RATING: PG

 

HOOK: A misandrist is best friends with a gay man

 

LOG LINE: A young woman who dislikes men and battles her mother about getting married, recruits the gay man next door to help her become a nun.

 

TAG LINE: And you thought you were confused.

 

CONFLICT OF VALUES: Indifference vs. Diligence

 

MORAL PREMISE STATEMENT: Indifference leads to mediocrity; but diligence leads to excellence.

 

BUDGET: Micro

 

STATUS: Screenplay, casting, crewing, needs investors.

 

SYNOPSIS

Annaliese, a 22 year-old young woman defies her mother and sets her eyes on becoming a nun at the Convent of the Perpetual Virgin. But when she spends a Discernment Weekend there, Mother Superior tells her that before she can enter the convent as a novice, she first has to write an essay about her experiences dating men... at least five different men.

 

This frightens our protagonist. She does not like men, for all the right reasons. Besides she has not dated a man in years. But she's set on becoming a nun.

 

Confronting the constant objections of her mother who is desperate for grandchildren, Annaliese enlists the help of the man in the apartment next door who happens to be gay. As a photographer the man is on assignments all over the city and knows a lot of men...who are not gay. He assures her the men he knows would probably go out with our young and beautiful protagonist.

 

So, one-by-one, the two work together to arrange five dates, to fulfill the convent's requirement. But the dates are all disasters. There's an outing with a lawyer who takes her on a ride with his weekend motorcycle gang. A young banker tries to take her to dinner and to the opera, but the maître 'd won't even seat them. She cooks dinner for another man, but lets the roast duck burn when she finds out his obsession with a certain kind of wildlife. She asks a philosopher to coffee, but she being a Catholic and he being an existential atheist doesn't prove promising. And finally, there's the handsome devout Catholic man who she almost kills in a car accident.

 

Now, with her car totaled, she has to ask the guy next door to take her to the convent to make her report to Mother Superior in hopes she can get into the convent. She's convinced there's no way she'll ever find a man that could ever interest her romantically.

 

And that's when everything changes.

 

The story is about the importance of selfless diligence and the dangers of selfish indifference, and how what we want is not always what we need.