Jennifer Armstrong
December 01, 2009 AT 04:09 PM EST

The Office‘s Mindy Kaling is co-writing a big-screen romantic comedy called The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, and this is very good news indeed. If we must endure this genre being called “chick flicks,” the least we can do is get smart women to write them — and to make them, you know, actually insightful about romance and/or actually funny. I trust half of Subtle Sexuality to do just that. She’s no airhead like her onscreen alter-ego Kelly Kapur — she started her career co-writing and co-starring in the hilarious New York stage show Matt & Ben (she played Ben Affleck), and she writes a lot of The Office‘s more romantic episodes, including the highlight of this season, Jim and Pam’s wedding. But I’m getting a little worried about her, too. Not only does she play the hilariously, pathetically desperate Kelly on The Office, but with this new script seems to be developing a pattern: It’s about a woman with such little regard for herself that she dates a string of losers. Things do turn around for poor Lizzie when a dude who’s a serious catch suddenly starts pursuing her. But, Mindy, we really hope you know that you yourself are good enough, smart enough, and gosh darnit, we like you! And that you don’t need Ryan or some hot guy to tell you that.

What do you think, Pop Watchers? Are you psyched for a Mindy Kaling romantic comedy? Could she be the next Tina Fey? Did you (like me) use this news as an excuse to listen to “Male Prima Donna” again?

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