Strangely, Incredibly Good
FANTASY ROMANCE FANTASY ROMANCE COMEDY
Contemporary,1980s & '90s
Heather Grace Stewart
What if you had your very own genie to go back and fix your life mistakes? Cat Glamour is going through a rough spot in her life. When she decides to take control again and try to lose weight, the last thing she expects is a genie to pop out of her Wii machine, offering her three wishes!
Cat Glamour is going through a rough spot in her life. She's recently divorced and living with her mother. When she decides to take control of her life and start an exercise regime, the last thing she expects is a genie to pop out of her Wii machine, offering her three wishes!
In a series of hilarious misadventures, Cat and Gene travel to a castle in France and back in time 20 years in an attempt to realize Cat’s wishes. But is it possible to get a second chance at real love and self-love?
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Twist, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Meaningful Message
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Cat Glamour
Key Traits: Perseverance, Adventurous, Badass, Blunt, Complex, Engaging, Funny, Outspoken,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Aspiring,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Underdog
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Masculine, Complex, Engaging, Empathetic, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Heartthrob, Heroic, Honorable, Adventurous, Clumsy, Romantic, Sarcastic,Badass,Clumsy,Complex,Sexy,Outspoken,Selfless,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Name: Bad Ass Gram
Key Traits: Engaging, Funny, Outspoken, Adventurous, Badass, Blunt, Crazy,Funny,Visionary,Blunt,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Empathetic,Charming,Adventurous
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Funny, Blunt, Confident, Empathetic,Adventurous,Confident,Sarcastic,Blunt
Nearly every woman can relate to hating high school and not feeling comfortable in her own skin once she hits close to forty. This movie puts both of those relatable feelings into play as Cat is forced to relive her high school years in order to find out what really sparked her weight gain and bad life choices. Along with the meaningful message of learning self-love, there's a Badass Gram who provides comic relief and a time-traveling sexy genie! This movie would be meaningful, tender, original and hilarious. It would not have a dull moment and theatre goers would leave still talking about it.
Cat struggles with low self-esteem as an overweight single mother working as a cashier right before her high school reunion. She buys a Wii and gets something she never bargained for: a genie. The genie offers her three wishes to go back and fix her life mistakes. But the wishes end up helping her appreciate all the good that is in her life: her wild Gram, her daughters and her supportive Genie boyfriend.
Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile expertly reflects the story. The logline is great, the short summary about a second chance at real love and self-love is spot on and the development pitch does an excellent job expressing the themes and selling the tone.
Draw of Story
The premise is quite quirky but made effortlessly realistic with the reactions and lovable characters and a magical explanation. A genie coming out of a Wii is definitely not something that is seen in the everyday romantic comedy and for this to evolve to cross time travel, scientific boundaries and continents is a stellar use of magical disbelief. The magic is really well utilized to enhance the internal conflict of the protagonist and the romantic subplot.
Some of the backstories such as the bad dating trio, especially after the introduction of the genie, slow down the pacing and have a less clear value as Katherine is already showing signs of valuing herself in refusing the dates' advances after her divorce even though she is very lonely. Putting the dates before the genie would keep the pacing of the genie progressing and help explain her pull towards him in a more linear way. The emphasis on weight and what is healthy is also questionable with more potential for deeper lessons than is given.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Katherine thinks changing her past will help her be happier, but she realizes that some mistakes are worth keeping to make her her and also that she can make herself happy; because if she can believe in a genie she can believe in herself.
This could have a large fan base due to its classic romantic comedy style with nostalgia for the 1990s kind with its hint of magical realism. The story is easy to follow but unique thus perfect for streaming.
Due to its genre this is unlikely to contend for serious award categories but could win for popular acting categories for its fun storytelling and characters.
Similar Films/TV Series
ALADDIN, KATE AND LEOPOLD, 13 GOING ON 30, TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, 200 POUND BEAUTY, THE PROPOSAL, ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
What’s New About the Story
The originality is both in the genre and the premise. The romantic comedy teaching self-love as the ultimate goal rather than romantic goals is fresh and magic of the genie in the premise is taken full advantage of with a lot of good lessons in the wishes.
Katherine is both funny and the straight woman in a cast full of zany characters. Eugenius is hopeful and kind with a lot of wisdom. Gram is the definition of sassy and selfless.
Uniqueness of Story
This is a rare gem of a romantic comedy, although the Genie needs a bit more development to become dynamic with a transformation (perhaps in a sequel where is goal of being reunited with his son occurs and he learns a lesson). There could also be some structural alterations to streamline the beginning pacing and clarify the theme regarding weight vs. health but otherwise this was surprisingly deep for a seemingly light rom-com.
Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio
The premise of a genie coming out of a wii to grant three wishes is a memorably fresh take on the romantic comedy. The life lessons that the protagonist learns in self-love are surprisingly profound. The magic is used for a lot of unexpected plot progression and the characters are all distinct with heavy emotional investment in their well-being or change.