Just Mattie

Victoria Castanela

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GENRE

COMEDY ROMANCE

    Core Theme

    THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT A GIRL WHO IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS AND, WHEN SHE TRIES TO BECOME SOMEONE ELSE TO PLEASE OTHER PEOPLE, THINGS END UP GOING WRONG FOR HER.

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    NEW GIRL; MISS CONGENIALITY.

    CHARACTER LIST

    MATTIE. 33. LEAD. CLUMSY, BADLY DRESSED, HIDDEN BEAUTY.

    SARAH. MATTIE'S FRIEND. 33. SARCASTIC, JEALOUS, CRITIC.

    MELISSA. MATTIE'S FRIEND. 33. LOVING, UNDERSTANDING, FUN.

    MR. WALTER. 50+. MATTIE'S BOSS. RUDE, SEXIST, PHILANDER.

    MICHAEL. 35. MATTIE'S LOVE INTEREST. HANDSOME, CANDID, HONEST.

    LUCY. 30'S. MATTIE'S COWORKER. ATTRACTIVE, FLIRTY.

    Logline

    Mattie loves herself but is challenged everyday by her peers. Mattie's best friends decide that a make over would help her blend in with everyone and find love. Mattie realizes that change might just not be for her and if her friends are her real friends.

    Genre

    Comedy,Romance

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54,18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    New York

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Starting Description

    Time: Mattie in her adulthood, current time Place: Mattie at her workplace (real estate). Mattie is the receptionist Mattie is seen in her place of work. The beginning will show how her boss and peers view her and treat her. Mattie does not dress like your average girl. She isolates herself and be

    Ending Description

    Mattie has been faced with many challenges from the way she has been judged, her make over and her long time crush taking the step further. Her friendship has hit its all time high when one of her friends crosses her because her crush is her friends brother. Mattie finally stands up for herself

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    Pitch Adaptation

    SUMMARY: Real Estate receptionist Mattie Wilson has been comfortable the way she is her whole life. Mattie just lives her life day by the day with her best friends Melissa and Sarah by her side. Even though she is comfortable, Mattie’s tends to become more and more insecure with her looks due to how her co-workers and her boss treats her. Mattie’s best friends feels that Mattie needs more “fun” in her life and it all starts with a makeover. Mattie was against it and did not want any part of it even though she agreed. Mattie sees her crush Michael who is Sarah’s brother. They all grew up with each other. Mattie becomes extremely nervous as he is there to see the house that she is viewing. After a small moment of what she believes to be flirtation, everything went downhill when her co-worker joins and starts flirting with Michael. Mattie feels as if she became a nobody once again and heads back to her car in anger. Mattie calls her friends to let them know that she is up for the makeover. Mattie did not want it after a while because she felt that she did not need to change for the sake of a crush but after a horrible night out and not getting any attention she realized that she is in need of the makeover. Mattie transforms to something out of a magazine (Ms. Congeniality). Mattie starts to go out with her friends and experience life as a beautiful women. She loves and hates the attention. Things start to go on roller coaster for Mattie

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    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Mattie Wilson

    Age: 33

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Insecure

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    Genre

    COMEDY, ROMANCE

    Brief

    Mattie is constantly criticized by the way she looks. Her life changes when she goes through a makeover, but even though she is stunning, everything goes wrong. When Mattie goes back to being her old self she realizes Michael, her schoolgirl crush, always loved her by who she was on the inside.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    SCRIPT

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Script Profile reflects the script accurately, however there are sections missing.

    Draw of Story

    This is a relatable, pleasant story about how trying to change who we are in order to make others happy can lead to pain and frustration. The reader can readily see themselves in that situation.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The lines are good and story is easy to read, however there is a remarkable lack of originality. The sexist boss, Mr. Walter, is clearly portrayed as an abuser and it is a bit disturbing how the story is supposed to show a happy ending but he isn't punished properly.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The hook of this story is its protagonist, Mattie, a spontaneous girl who is comfortable being herself even though she is considered weird by almost everyone around her.

    Fanbase Potential

    It could have a large fanbase if adapted because the protagonist is very relatable and other similar movies have been immensely successful.

    Awards Potential

    It could have awards potential if adapted if originality aspects are properly developed.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    NEW GIRL, MISS CONGENIALITY.

    What’s New About the Story

    This story could be worked on in order to make it more unique, as storyline is recurrent in romcoms in general. It could be developed in terms of characters or love story. The sexist boss should be punished properly.

    Lead Characters

    Mattie is a spontaneous girl who is relatable, vulnerable and is in a position many women relate to: of being overly criticized for not fitting into a standard of beauty and behavior considered feminine.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It is a nice story with a nice character arc however it requires more creativity and originality in order to create an unforgettable narrative.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Streaming, Studio

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    It should be considered because it has potential, however characters and storyline should be better developed in order to become solid.

    Brief

    A story about an eccentric girl who was comfortable in her own skin but was forced to try to be someone she was not after being constantly criticized by people around her.

    What We Liked

    This is a pleasant story about how trying to change who we are in order to make others happy can lead to pain and frustration.

    It's also a fun story with a happy ending that brings along the message that we should be true to who we are, and that there is also happiness for the 'weird' ones.

    This is the type of story people are sure to love and remember, as there are classic elements of success in romcoms, such as: an average girl turning into a stunning woman after a makeover; a handsome guy who is genuinely interested in the girl more because of who she is than because of her looks; girlfriends who want to see the protagonist happy; a love story that almost goes wrong and then a happy ending. If worked in a way to craft more original characters and a more creative storyline, it could be a huge success.

    Key points: Funny lines; fun side characters; relatable protagonist; girl makeover; happy ending.

    Synopsis

    Mattie is a clumsy girl working for an unpleasant boss, Mr. Walter, and living her average life comfortably, even though some love seem to be missing.

    Her two best friends, Melissa and Sarah, who constantly criticize the way she wears, convince her to go through a makeover - which transforms Mattie into a stunning woman, turning men's heads wherever she goes.

    After this, she gets an invitation to go out from her schoolgirl crush, Michael, Sarah's brother. They have a perfect date and fall in love, but Sarah, who is overprotective of her brother and jealous of Mattie, is not happy about it.

    Mattie also gets the attention of her sexist boss, Mr. Walter, who hits on her constantly and is several times rejected by Mattie.

    One night, Sarah sets up for Michael to walk into Mattie's house when Mr. Walter is there, and Michael sees when Mr. Walter tries to kiss her. Michael breaks up with her.

    Mattie goes back to being her old self and is at home depressed when her two friends go visit and apologize. Sarah says she's jealous of Mattie because she is brave enough to be herself.

    Sarah explains what happened to Michael, who goes after Mattie and explains he always loved her because of who she really is. They live happily ever after.

    About The Author

    Victoria Castanela started writing when she was in Iraq with the United States Army. Being away helped her focus on what she really wanted to do. “It's a great feeling to see my ideas on paper and would be great to see them on screen.”