The Last Place She'd Look

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Arlene Schindler

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A self-help writer anxiously faces turning 50, realizing she needs help/a whole new life. The sex lives of women ages 45-60 are laughably laid bare in this raucous romp as they learn about love and happiness for the second half of their lives



Short Summary

A spirit-crushing bad date, right before her 50th birthday party leads Sara to a passion seeking mission for a mate. "My dating pool is so small; soon it will be the size of a shot glass."

After a journey through 3 very different (and sometimes dangerous) relationships with men and women too, Sara realizes that if she wants to find love and companionship it may be with a woman.


Los Angeles, CA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Sara Rosen

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Engaging,Flexible,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Sarcastic,Educated,Insecure,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Julia

Age: 52

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob,Honorable,Leader,Sexy,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Seductive,Sophisticated,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Diana

Age: 55

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Flexible,Selfless,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Leader,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Derrick

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Modest,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated,Seductive,Romantic,Blunt,Leader,Skillful

Development Pitch

A woman’s bittersweet journey begins with a milestone birthday, looking for someone to fill the empty spaces in hearts and beds, as a self-help writer who is unlucky in love anxiously faces aging by compulsively searching for a serious relationship. From day spas to dominatrix dungeons, wacky encounters with cheaters, narcissists, sometimes dangerous amorous adventures, and a college fantasy via Facebook, Sara perseveres with unbridled optimism. Passionate interludes cloud her thinking. Is Sara having a mid-life crisis? Will lots of sex be abundantly fulfilling -- or just create more laundry? This quirky comedy where Sara frequently breaks the fourth wall (like in Fleabag) offers colorful roles for beloved mature actresses, such as Kathleen Turner, Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, Kim Basinger and Kelly McGillis. Like the films of director Gillian Robespierre The Last Place She’d Look explores how one woman copes with painful challenges that are universal, by taking a humorous look at what it’s like to feel old and overlooked, yet fearless, feisty, sexy and not done yet.

About The Author

Arlene Schindler, born in Brooklyn, originated the comedy column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in New York City. It was the first of its kind in the country. She was also a relationship expert and a writer/editor for the magazines WOMAN and Playgirl. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Creative Screenwriting, and numerous other publications. Arlene's writing and performing focuses on women's secrets, disappointments and desires.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning,LGBT Leaning,Other

Group Specific

Los Angeles dating scene, day spas, dungeons,

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: ExtrvaGonzo Publishing

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available