Comedy - Development 2013

An inept romantic has vivid dreams of a perfect love - then gets his life turned upside down when he meets his dream girl in the flesh and tries to win her love for real.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Romance
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kevin MCLAUGHLIN
    • Writer(s)
    • Kevin MCLAUGHLIN
    • Synopsis
    • Pinch Me! is a smart romantic comedy that revolves around Pete Christenson, a 32-year-old freelance writer who has yet to figure out what to do with his life. One night, he has a vivid dream about a wonderful life shared with the lovely Jennifer, a mystery woman he has never met. He tells her of his love for her, and soon learns that he talks in his sleep. He is rudely awakened by his girlfriend, Sharon, who throws him out for good.
      Pete turns to his friend Dan to put him up for a while as he attempts to finish a novel and get back on his feet financially. In the meantime, he must suffer through a pointless job in a giant corporation where he witnesses the hilarious twisted viewpoint of corporate America. Struggling through the sudden changes in his life, he continues to have happy dreams of Jennifer, whom he is sure is a real person -- his dream girl.
      To everyone’s surprise, Pete finally does meet the real Jennifer, only to find that she is engaged to be married to the successful financial analyst Brad. She hasn’t the slightest interest in Pete.
      Meanwhile, Pete must help his new roommate Dan with his own problems. Through an innocent mistake, Dan has become the target of a pair of mob hit men. Jennifer goes on with her own life, striving to make her mark as a painter, a vocation for which her fiancee has little respect. When Pete learns that Brad is cheating on Jennifer, he must find a way to make her see for herself that she belongs with him and not Brad. She is unconvinced -- until she starts having some dreams of her own.
      With a nod to “Gift of the Magi” Pinch Me! explores the bonds of friendship and the true meaning of sacrifice. In the tradition of great romantic comedies like “When Harry Met Sally” the story finds a man and a woman who were meant for each other, yet seem destined to remain apart. With a warm mix of humor, romance, and adventure, Pete and his friends search for the careful balance of dreams and reality that leads to happiness.
    • Partners & financing
    • $100k US spent on development, seeking balance of budget.
    • Production schedule
    • 30 days, summer 2013
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2013
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