All the F*cks I Cannot Give

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Mike Carlon

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Down and out mild mannered marketing man Kelly Carson learns how not giving a f*ck can be the path to self enlightenment.



Short Summary

While sitting in an airport lounge in Los Angeles three weeks before Christmas, mild-mannered Kelly Carson is fired over the telephone by his spineless boss. After meeting a fiery free-spirited starlet in the airport, he ditches his plans to go home to Connecticut and escapes to Hawaii.

With Terri's help, Kelly transforms from Clark Kent into Superman. Along the way he ends a dry spell, over does it on edibles, and dives headfirst into the underground swinger scene of suburban Chicago. He gets the girl and learns how to live life on his own terms.


Hawaii, Chicago, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Kelly Carson

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy,Insecure,Modest,Obedient,Selfless,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Terri Flynn

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Sexy,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Seductive

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Two years ago, my twin brother wound up in a mental hospital. His anxiety had gotten him to a place where he was considering self-harm and we needed to save him. I'll never forget the day I checked him in. I gave him a copy of All the F*cks I Cannot give because 1. I knew he'd have the time to read it and 2. It's a damn funny book and he was in the most unfunny places of all. He described it as a self-help book disguised as fiction. I think he's right. In this day and age, we need a healthy dose of humor and escapism. That's where All the F*cks I Cannot Give comes into play. Most coming of age stories are written about teens or maybe twenty-somethings. This one features a man in his mid forties who has never, ever, lived life on his own terms. In short, he gives too many fucks. After being unceremoniously fired over the phone while on a business trip, he's convinced to play against type and take a spur of the moment trip to Hawaii. And that's when his transformation from Clark Kent into Superman begins. I see this as a film rather than a series. It will provide two hours of escapism and laughter to adult men and women and will really speak to those who feel as if they are holding themselves back from living a complete life. While they watch Kelly's transformation, viewers will be transported to the beaches of Maui, the concrete jungle of New York, and the underground swinger scene of suburban Chicago—and they will enjoy belly laughs along the way.

About The Author

Michael Carlon is a marketing professional, author, and the host of the Uncorking a Story podcast which features depth interviews with A-List authors as well as personal, motivating reflections from conversations Mike has had with the people he meets. He’s the author of the successful Farrah Graham series of books as well as stand alone novels including Return to Casa Grande, Winning Streak, and the hilarious All the F*cks I Cannot Give.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Michael Carlon (Uncorking a Story)

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available







Kelly is a push over who finds out his freeloading wife is a lesbian and is fired by his crappy boss while waiting for his flight. He meets the beautiful actress,Terri, who invites him on her trip to Maui. Kelly begins to put himself and his needs first which opens his life up to exciting opportunities such as the publishing of his first book.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The tone of the story is very distinct. Kelly is a mild mannered individual who does not defend himself. He knows his wife is a lesbian and plays along with her desire to have an open marriage to keep the farce up for their parents. He is aware she takes advantage of him but still does her bidding. When he finally gets a break from her and his life is he able to reevaluate it and make changes.

Possible Drawbacks

This story goes in many directions. Kelly becomes more confident and writes his book. He becomes very successful. He also becomes involved in the swingers community. The story does not treat the LGBTQAI characters in a kind way. There are many nicknames for Kelly's wife that are derogatory terms that aren't necessary, especially when they come from supporting characters.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Kelly breaks free from his mundane life to live the life he has never dreamed about. The story is very relatable because it shows a person making changes to live their life and not just survive. Most adults do not have life all figured out and there are periods of growth that happen with everyone.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase but it would definitely be geared towards a more mature audience. The story is about someone who did everything right. Kelly has a beautiful wife, a nice house and a stable job. But Kelly is just going through the motions and when everything falls out from under him does he realize that he needs a change. He is almost forced to by a new companion, Terri, but it starts him on a new journey.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. While this shows important moments in Kelly's life when he puts himself first, it is not a deep dive into human psyche. It is more surface level.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

There is nothing truly original about the story except how Kelly finds himself confronted with the state of his life. He takes a spontaneous trip with a beautiful actress to Maui. She challenges him and he grows as a result. The story of a white man living a mundane life and circumstances forcing him to change is not unique. Some diversity in the characters would make this story more unique. Asian characters lack major representation in the media and this story would lend well to an Asian American as the main character.

Lead Characters

The lead character doesn't stand out which is the point of the story. But in the end, he is brave enough to make a change in his life to be happy.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem but an entertaining story about adulthood and the choices we all make in life. The story can be improved with having a diverse cast. There are rich cultures that could be highlighted, respectfully, to add depth to the story.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Streaming

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