Sunday, January 29, 2012

Madlib Romance

This week as promised we’re going to build the ultimate Romantic Comedy together.  All you have to do is choose from the options provided.  Here we go!

Valerie is a
a) Spunky teacher who inspires her students to learn but whose luck with men is uninspiring
b) High powered business executive who has sacrificed her love life on the altar of success
c) Successful writer reluctant to let go of a comfortable long term year relationship with her boyfriend from college

Mike is a
a) New coach for the HS girls' soccer team who is charismatic, incredibly good looking, and full of himself
b) A cattle rancher who helps run his family’s meat processing plant in the heart of Montana
c) Struggling musician who pays the bills by moonlighting in the security business

When they meet Mike is annoyed by Valerie’s
a) enthusiasm and optimistic demeanor
b) ambition and drive
c) seeming superficiality and desire to win her co-worker's approval

While Valerie is put off by Mike’s

a) arrogance and lack of feelings
b) Rural lifestyle and slow pace
c) Opposite views on everything from politics to the meaning of life

Mike and Valerie get lots of opportunities to aggravate each other because
a) The principal assigns Valerie to help Mike connect with his girls and turn the soccer team around
b) Valerie’s boyfriend dumps her right before their scheduled couple’s retreat at Mike’s Ranch, forcing her to take a casual friend  she has no connection with
c) Valerie’s company hires Mike to beef up security due to some vandalism and threatening letters

After some real comedic hilarity and some touching moments too, Mike and Valerie’s blossoming relationship is suddenly torn asunder when
a) Valerie mis-connects the dots and comes to the conclusion that Mike had an inappropriate relationship with a former student and got her pregnant
b) Mike finds out that Valerie’s company trying to put his family slaughterhouse out of business
c) At the instigation of her colleagues Valerie tells Mike he’ll never succeed in his dream and should focus on a “real” career

All hope seems lost until
a) Valerie finds out Mike was only helping his former student get back on her feet
b) Mike realizes Valerie isn’t personally responsible for her company’s actions at the same time she formulates a plan to stop her boss from carrying out his plan
c) Valerie’s brother helps her realize her friends are shallow and she should be encouraging Mike to pursue his dreams, just as their dad encouraged her when she was starting to write and others said she’d never succeed

This sets the scene for a frantic trek to reunite because
a) Mike is about to get fired due to the circulating rumors
b)  Mike is about to sell the ranch to try and save his family’s business
c) Mike is about to bypass a local battle of the bands to start attending night school

Fortunately for us we can finally relax and enjoy the reunion when
a) Valerie stands up for Mike in front of the school board and entire community, exonerating his name and proclaiming her love
b) Valerie convinces her company to call off their actions against Mike’s business through an impassioned speech coupled with a revelation about some underhanded dealings of her boss which gets him fired, then racing to the bank where she arrives just in time to stop the sale and they both profess their love for one another
c) Valerie, with the help of Mike’s band mates and a compassionate organizer of the event, get Mike to the competition in time where he couples a winning performance with a heart rending diatribe before the crowd of how he would do anything to not lose Valerie, who confesses she was wrong to try and keep him from pursuing his dreams and will love him no matter how “successful” he is in the world’s eyes

The End!