Mandi Bierly
March 24, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Every now and then we read a plot of a film in development and can’t decide whether it sounds good, bad, or so ugly that someone will never work again. That’s when we’ll present the pitch to you — in our spankin’ new category “Dude, THAT’S your plot?” — and let your votes decide for us. Today’s film: Nailed, a romantic comedy from director David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, and Tracy Morgan are in final negotiations to join the cast, which already includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel. So far so good, right? But wait: “Marsden will play the small-town boyfriend of Biel’s characterAlice, a naive waitress who gets a nail shot into her head, causingerratic and outrageous behavior. She heads to Washington to fightfor better health care and ends up falling for a clueless newcongressman (Gyllenhaal) who must summon the political courage tosave her.Keener will play a self-serving Congresswoman. The filmmakers arefinalizing details on Morgan’s character, who will likely be aninjured compatriot of Alice’s who has given up on love.”

Different? Definitely. But in a good, bad, or so ugly way?

addCredit(“Jake Gyllenhaal and Catherine Keener: L. Cohen/WireImage.com”)

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