Friday, December 7, 2012

Making Mr Right

The blurb for this 2008 Lifetime TV movie sounded really interesting, a fresh spin on a make-over story,with all the makings of a flirty Riva/Kiss novel. Instead, it was dull, dull, dull.

I can't blame the actors, since Dean Cain and Christina Cox have proved themselves quite capable in other roles. The blame, I believe, lies very firmly with the writers, who really should know better. The story was so predictable that I kept waiting for the moment when they'd add the twist that would make this story unique ... I waited right to the very end. In vain.

Basic idea: a magazine editor makes a bet she can take any guy and turn him into 'Mr Right'. The chosen guy is a scruffy homeless man. She makes him over into Mr Right and they end up falling in love. He finds out about the bet, gets upset, then they make up.
Really. That's it.

Where was the conflict? What were the characters stakes? I kept shouting at the TV "dig deeper!"
The writers really should read Debra Dixon's Goal, Motivation, Conflict, or Blake Snyder's Save the Cat.

Making Mr Right had so much potential, but it was as though the writers just couldn't be bothered to make the effort. (Or the producers or director, for that matter). This was clearly a case of everyone taking their pay check and running.

Maybe I'll give the idea my own fresh twist sometime soon. Once I finish gouging out my eyes to clear the image of Dean Cain transforming from scruffy to gentleman by the simple elimination of a beard and long hair.

Yeah, this is what scruffy homeless dudes look like

So take my advice. Even if there's nothing better on TV, don't waste an hour and a half of your life watching this movie. If you're looking for a great make-over story with a fresh twist, then rather read Leah Ashton's A Girl Less Ordinary, which I reviewed here.

Are there any other make-over stories you recommend?

1 comment:

  1. I tried to watch that movie but never finished it - just didn't grab me.