I’m genuinely intrigued by this script DreamWorks just picked up called Good Looking, described as romantic comedy meets Minority Report. From new-ish screenwriter Chris McCoy (a grad of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts who sold a college comedy pitch to DreamWorks earlier this month), it chronicles a future dating service touted as foolproof because it aggregates Big Brother-ish data collected by surveillance cameras and matches people accordingly. “It would totally subvert Match.com and eHarmony, [where] I think people lie about who they are or they say what theythink people will want them to be,” McCoy says in The Hollywood Reporter. “But ‘Good Looking,’ my service,knows who they are and can put them together.” The plot apparently turns on the one dude with the gall to turn down his alleged “perfect match.”
Granted, I’m getting way too excited about this way too early, but here’s why I’m allowing myself to get psyched about a project from a dude no one’s ever heard of: First, I’m all for any remotely interesting romantic comedy at this point. When the bar is set at the height of 27 Dresses and Confessions of a Shopaholic, it’s easy to get excited about almost anything. We need to talk about love in films – it’s kind-of a big deal in life – and they don’t have to be deadly serious to be articulate on the topic. Second, it makes me think of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (pictured), one of my favorites of all time, in the way it examines the juxtaposition of technology and romance (without being, you know, You’ve Got Mail). Third, I welcome anything that takes down eHarmony.
So what do you think, PopWatchers? Is my premature excitement warranted? Could Good Looking fulfill all my hopes and dreams? Or am is my irrational hope embarrassingly similar to the way we feel about our online dates…before we actually meet them in person and they dash all our faith?