Slept inDammit! My carefully calculated routine that began every day at 6am with prayer and screenwriting - foiled by a late night last night, and waking up too early when Marie left for work at 5.
So I overslept, which means no screenwriting today. Had to get right into the paying work.
However, during my lunch hour (and a half) I finished off listening to the superb director's commentary on How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days.
I tell ya, that DVD has so many special features they're just about falling off. There's a 5-minute featurette on just about everyone - from the stars to the producers to the location manager! (I guess because, like every film set in New York, "the city is a character", although I never heard that cliche used.)
Thankfully, they had a featurette about the writers, well two of them anyway (Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan, who I gather are married to each other - pretty useful when writing rom-com!). Burr Steer gets credited on IMDb, but nary a mention on the DVD. Ah well.
Great story, though. And another film, like Wedding Crashers, that uses a lot of improv. Funny, funny stuff.
Interesting seeing PG-13 How to Lose... straight after R-rated Wedding Crashers. The How To... story is just as racy (give or take) and yet manages to tell its story in a way that's safe for the wider audiences and presumably higher box-office takes you get from PG's.
Let's see if I'm talking through my ass:
How to Lose... released 2003, worldwide gross $177,085,826. Tomatometer 42% - oh dear!
Wedding Crashers, released 2005, worldwide gross $285,176,741. Tomatometer 74%.
I am talking through my ass. Don't listen to me.
Still, I liked How To Lose..., and my notoriously fickle movie-watching wife was transfixed as well. It kept her from her study, no less! :)
A couple of writerly points...
- Because Kate's character does such a dastardly thing in the central plot (snares a guy only to deliberately try and drive him away), the writers go out of their way to make her sympathetic. She's a girl with a heart of gold, helping her friend Michelle come to work in order to save her career. She's got a political conscience, and she's blocked in fulfilling her dream - which is always compelling.
- Strangely, there's not as much evidence to show us that Matthew's character is really nice. Maybe society has double standards with how we view males and females?
- Black Sheep attracts buyers at Cannes. Congratulations!