COMEDY ROMANCE FUNNY ADVENTURE
LOGLINE: When you’re officially middle-aged and the world thinks you’re past it . . . past love, past sex, past writing contemporary journalism, you head down a black hole of depression, or you change, fight back and become the hottest date in LA.
Set in the cut-throat world of magazine journalism, and with a primary theme of female empowerment, Love.Com has the potential to become The Devil Wears Prada of the 2020s. Lucy-Anne Skylark reinvents herself as a 'cougar columnist', posing as a hot 'cougar' to keep her job and find her soulmate
Lucy finds her soulmate, empowers middle-aged women and becomes an icon. She has encountered an incredible journey; one of self-discovery. And learned the greatest lesson of her life. That when we find ourselves… our soulmate finds us.
Los Angeles & Las Vegas
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message,Happy Ending
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Lucy-Anne Skylark
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Clumsy,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Leader,Underdog,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Educated
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Badass,Villainous,Narcisstic,Sexy,Power Hungry,Skillful,Leader,Sarcastic,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Adam Grant
Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Sexy,Blunt,Decisive,Educated,Leader,Outspoken,Skillful,Sophisticated
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Outspoken,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated,Skillful,Adventurous,Decisive,Confident,Blunt
Dating on-line in middle-age is the new life-changer of the twenty-first century where a large number of our population can explore, identify with and experience. LOVE.COM is a lighthearted comedy with an inspirational, contemporary theme. It's set in the glamorous world of fashion with characters who display a gamut of emotions which would capture a wide adult audience in its adaptation to film or a TV series. This is a fun story of how the media perceives dating exclusively for the young and beautiful. And of one woman's fight to instill acceptance and inspire confidence in the hearts of single, middle-aged women who dare to date. There are many wonderful middle-aged female actors - ie: Sarah Jessica parker, Sandra Bullock – who would portray Lucy's search for her soulmate along the rocky road of on-line dating in middle-age. The story is economically set in LA with a brief visit to Las Vegas.
COMEDY, ROMANCE, DRAMA
Lucy realizes she has half her life left and doesn't want to spend it alone. She is determined to find love after society says its acceptable at fifty. She uses her writing skills to create the brand Ms. Cougar. After becoming a viral sensation she goes on countless public dates but still struggles to finds mutual respect and attraction with someone. Eventually she gets lucky outside of her sports-like dating in finding love.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes the profile does reflect the narrative by including all of the important characters and summary of the main plot. Something in the pitch that might be better to explain as other than "dare to date" is why Lucy's dating without reservation is refreshing rather than brave. Dare tends to suggest that she is being revolutionary in the same way the body positivity movement can error for drawing attention to the "bravery" of bodies simply existing outside the beauty standards set in place by the media. In placing the conflict on society rather than Lucy's age as "brave" this will better align with the lesson of the story.
Draw of Story
Lucy's proactive nature is a tour de force. Her insight into herself and what she wants out of life and learning to get others to love her how she wants to be loved and respect her is a nice inner conflict transformation until eventually her expectations meet her reality.
Lucy's dates are static or flat and her perception of them in anticipation and reflection can verge on hypocritical at times. The branding of cougar is fine but the exclusion of certain dates doesn't align with how she wants to be perceived.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Lucy uses her dating life to fuel a renaissance in her writing career, and both are mutually beneficial until they get in the way of true substance in her life. It is an example of achieving plastic goals only to realize everything that is needed was there from the start.
With more inclusive lessons, this could definitely have a huge audience given that the romantic comedy queens of the 90s are now the correct age to play this type of character with this type of dilemma, thus making for a winning combination of nostalgia and refreshing conflict.
Given its genre this is unlikely to have awards potential in prestige categories, but this could win in popular award categories.
Similar Films/TV Series
SEX AND THE CITY, THE PROPOSAL, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, UNREAL, ENOUGH SAID, GRACE AND FRANKIE, IT’S COMPLICATED
What’s New About the Story
The older female protagonist embracing her age and ownership of her time is a love story about herself rather than a focus on romance with a gentleman. The romance is a subplot and this is a story about self-love. Making the themes stronger about self-actualization in the inception of ms. cougar could help clarify the scope and intent of the articles sooner.
Lucy is learning to respect herself and properly communicate her needs. She starts out as determined, but insecure and blossoms into a self-assured woman who is open to true love.
Uniqueness of Story
This has a lot of potential but the side characters lack certain dimensions and the themes need to be clarified at certain key moments to really help the story shine.
Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Network, Cable, Streaming Unscripted
WORK IN PROGRESS
While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.
Tips for Improvement
There are a lot of great themes that aren't always resolved when it comes to adult life and choices such as career over relationships and making time for friends over love. The spectrum between Lucy, her boss and Anne is a nice spectrum and it might be less complicated to either focus on their journeys and or on just the dating as the themes can get muddled. The dating themes of being a cougar can feel a bit hypocritical at times so clarifying Lucy's intentions would help the emotional investment stay consistent. Also providing depth to the side characters in the dates would increase emotional investment in their success and or failure.