Wives Without Borders (Rom Com/Buddy Movie)
Genre: Rom Com/Buddy Movie, Rated R
Theme: Wives Without Borders is an unconventional comedy about friendship and forgiveness.
*Based on my short story of the same name.
Logline: A never-been-married, single woman (39) poses as a psychic medium in order to meet eligible widowers. She successfully fakes her way through conversations with their dead wives, falls in love with a handsome doctor (50) whose younger, newly-deceased wife shows up in her kitchen one night and warns her that he killed her.
Opening Sequence: Maddie (39 - swarthy, voluptuous, quick-witted and self-deprecating) attends at a week-long, silent meditation retreat and unleashes her inner dialogue with her demons (her mother, Gypsy (60), her ex-boyfriend, Stevie (35), and a slew of other inner critics and comedic diatribes that reside inside her psyche. When another woman at the retreat, Sobbing Sofia is visited by a strange apparition of an older woman with a heavy Eastern European accent and Koolaid Red hair, Maddie is the only one who sees her. She instructs Maddie to tell her daughter about the odd locations where she hid her jewelry before she died unexpectedly. At the end of the week, Maddie shares this information with Sobbing Sofia, hoping to disprove her theory that the week of silence stressed her into Schizophrenia. Sofia finds the jewelry and a closeted psychic is born.
As she drives toward her small town in Northern CA, she discovers that her home has been ravaged by wild fires. With no job, no boyfriend, no kids, and now no home, she gives in to her mother’s pleading and agrees to move back to Chicago to start over. Her mother, Gypsy a Femme Fatale (pretty, petite, fair, and enhanced in all the right places) has been married five times and is determined to get Maddie married before she’s forty. Maddie’s laid back temperament is peppered with bouts with neurosis and angst and very different DNA. As close as Maddie and Gypsy are, they’re an odd duo.
Maddie moves back to Chicago with all her physical and personal baggage. Her former boyfriend was having an affair with a man and contracted HIV, which is one of the reasons why he refused to impregnate her. She takes over the job of a therapist who worked at a ‘cosmic’ bookstore without realizing that she has also worked as a psychic medium. Maddie doesn’t really have this skill (or does she?), but runs with it and starts advertising with grief groups. This strategy proves lucrative and yields far better dating prospects than her recent online dating experiences.
She meets Harvey (50) , a sexy ER doctor. They chemistry between them skyrockets. She falls for him instantly. She also meets several others from his Grief Group and fakes her way through the psychic readings, becoming somewhat of a celebrity. Word spreads.
She hears strange noises in her kitchen at night and discovers the ghosts of women eating and drinking her food — Jessie (Harvey dead wife) and Pat (another patient’s dead wife). They truly are Wives Without Borders and are there for a reason… Jessie warns Maddie that Harvey really killed her.