Wedding Crushers

Maju Cancella

Book Cover

GENRE

COMEDY ROMANCE

    Core Theme

    TRUE LOVE ALWAYS WINS

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    PLUS ONE, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, SET IT UP

    CHARACTER LIST

    AMY, 30S, PROTAGONIST. CHARMING, UNAPOLOGETIC, DETERMINED, LOYAL

    CHARLIE, 30S, CO-LEAD. CHARMING, ARROGANT, INSECURE

    PHOEBE, 30S, ANTAGONIST. ROMANTIC, NAIVE, GOOD-HEARTED

    EDWARD, 30S, ANTAGONIST. ROMANTIC, GOOFY

    Logline

    A maid of honor and best man team up in an attempt to break off a marriage that results in hilarious and dramatic consequences, leading the two cynics to deal with feelings of their own.

    Genre

    Comedy,Romance

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

    Setting

    Mid-sized town, U.S.A

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Starting Description

    Pastry-Chef Amy stopped believing in love as a kid when her father left. So when her best friend announces she's engaged, Amy knows she needs to do something about it. When the groom's brother, Charlie, recruits Amy to help break off the wedding, she sees the opportunity to do what is right.

    Ending Description

    Amy and Charlie get banned from the wedding and fight. But when Amy finds out the church canceled, she recruits Charlie and they step in to fix things and find forgiveness. They're able to improvise a ceremony, are forgiven by their friends, and realize they are deep in love.

    Group Specific

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    Pitch Adaptation

    Wedding Crushers is a funny Romantic Comedy script that follows two people who are extremely afraid of love but can't help their feelings for each other. As Amy and Charlie embark on a disastrously comedic journey to stop their best-friends from getting married, they get to know each other and confront their differences, slowly but surely developing romantic feelings. It's a feel-good movie about the power of true love, with a heart-warming ending and a lot of laughter throughout.

    WGA Number

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    Mature Audience Themes

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Amy

    Age: 30s

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Decisive,Engaging,Skillful,Funny,Unapologetic,Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Charlie

    Age: 30s

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Funny,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Masculine,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Skillful,Sarcastic,Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Phoebe

    Age: 30s

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Naive,Modest,Selfless,Romantic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Edward

    Age: 30s

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Empathetic,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Outspoken,Funny,Romantic,Visionary

    Brief

    A maid of honor and best man team up in an attempt to break off a marriage that results in hilarious and dramatic consequences, leading the two cynics to deal with feelings of their own.

    What We Liked

    It's a funny, feel-good movie with an important and positive message about true love. It's inspiring to follow Amy and Charlie as they let down their guards and fall in love with each other, and it's entertaining to watch them fail to break off their friends' wedding.

    Film: Wedding Crushers is a funny Romantic Comedy feature script that follows two people who are extremely afraid of love but can't help their feelings for each other. As Amy and Charlie embark on a disastrously comedic journey to stop their best-friends from getting married, they get to know each other and confront their differences, slowly but surely developing romantic feelings. It's a feel-good movie about the power of true love, with a heart-warming ending and a lot of laughter throughout.

    TV: Wedding Crushers is a feature film and that is the format that works best for the story.

    Key points: Positive message; Heart-warming happy ending; Funny throughout; Unique plot; Compelling characters

    Synopsis

    AMY is a strong-minded pastry chef who dreams of winning a Parisian cooking competition and opening her own cake shop. She stopped believing in love when her father left her mother, and she always thought her best friend, the good-hearted veterinarian PHOEBE, was on the same page; so when Phoebe announces she's going to wed the extremely rich and goofy EDWARD, Amy can't wrap her mind around it. But when Edward's brother, the cynical close-hearted lawyer CHARLIE, recruits her to join him in crushing the wedding, she sees an opportunity to do what's best for her friend.

    Amy and Charlie struggle to find a balanced work dynamic - with Amy being full of good ideas and keen on improvising, while Charlie wishes to carefully develop and follow a game plan, resulting in two failed endeavors involving basketball, celebrities, and live lobsters. Meanwhile, Amy keeps alive her dream of competing in Paris, though she still can’t afford it, and the contest is running out of spots. In an attempt to up their game, Amy and Charlie spend the day together, learning more about each other's past and personalities; they grow closer, a romantic seed begins to blossom, and they almost kiss - but their skepticism towards love stops them.

    Following up on their mission, Amy tests but confirms Phoebe's commitment to Edward by taking her to see Dave, her charming ex-boyfriend, and Charlie, too, fails to change Edward's mind by putting him face-to-face with his gold-digger ex-wife. Stressed out by the situation – and by the growing feelings between them – Amy and Charlie argue after she admits having doubts about their mission. Frustrated, Charlie reveals Edward's secret request to have a prenup. Shocked to learn about the lie, Amy tells Phoebe, who confronts Edward and breaks off the wedding.

    In denial about her broken heart, Phoebe convinces Amy to join her on her honeymoon trip to Europe, where she can finally go to the Parisian contest. In the meantime, Charlie tries to cheer up his desolate brother, who instead delivers a speech on how great love can be – it convinces Charlie, who confesses to being responsible for the prenup mess. At Phoebe’s, Amy admits to trying to sabotage the wedding, believing it was for Phoebe’s sake. Edward surprises Phoebe, they clear up the misunderstanding, and Phoebe agrees again to marry him. Phoebe confronts Amy about her sabotage plan, they fight, and Phoebe ends up uninviting Amy and Charlie to the wedding. Upset, Amy blames Charlie for the lie and its consequences.

    Miserable Amy compulsively bakes, but upon finding out she no longer can take part in the Parisian contest, she decides she will not miss her best friend’s wedding. With a plan to attend the wedding disguised as a church employee, Amy finds out the ceremony has been canceled by the church. Amy realizes she can fix her friendship if she saves the wedding and calls Charlie to help – only as an ally, with no strings attached. The two draw out a plan and announce it to Phoebe and Edward, but mid-way through their apologies, they realize their opinion about love has changed. Charlie professes his love for Amy, and she kisses him, proving that is mutual and that true love always wins. Phoebe and Edward forgive their friends, and the new wedding is a success! When the newlywed couple is about to leave for their honeymoon, Charlie surprises Amy with a trip to Europe and an enrollment to participate in the culinary contest.

    About The Author

    Maju Cancella is a Latinx writer and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Her screenwriting experience includes documentaries, short films, web-series, new media, and branded content. In 2009, she wrote and directed the feature documentary "Nilton Santos," a film about the Brazilian footballer of the same name. Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, she moved to the US in 2014 to begin her third professional journey, after having worked as a video editor and a marketing executive for one of Brazil's leading soccer Teams, Botafogo FR. In 2018, her short film "White and Colors" was a finalist at the ShanghaiPride Film festival, and her short screenplay "Tommy and the Geometric Figures" won the Best Short Screenplay Award in the Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition.