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Hi RR, good, clever story. I liked it. However, I have found some dialogues too long to be real. Difficult to express without interruptions. Maybe, you should break them into two or three sections. I love the ending. Good luck with it. Best, Fausto
My minor gripe would be that it’s tricky to follow in places. It doesn’t help that Matt and Emily both ‘read’ similar in their dialogue. As a talking heads piece anything to help distinguish between the two would help.
Aside from that it’s a nice piece. I like how the two compare notes on their profession while dipping in and out of Bonnie and Will’s failed relationship before ending up having the argument that their very hiring sought to avoid.
I’m tempted to say it ran a little long in places, but for the most part the dialogue held my interest thanks to the concept. I wanted to see how you paid it off and I wasn’t disappointed. Nicely done - hope you get some interest.
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1. I liked the beginning. Not knowing exactly why they were there sucked me in.
2. girlfriend not girl friend.
4. boyfriend not boy friend
6. You know, that’s the problem with men. They assume women fixate on looks like men do. -- like "they" do would sound more natural.
I'll say the first 5 pages really nailed it for me. The conversation slows down as they debate hunks, blobs and beefcakes. I wondered where it was going.
7. Oh, come on. That’s hokey, advice column pap. I didn't get this. Might be a colloquialism .
8. Women are blankets. They smother. They latch onto a man of passion and drive, and they bury the flames beneath layers of drama and tears and recriminations until not even a spark remains.
Okay not commenting on the accuracy of that line lol -- but that is really really well written. I really love the back and forth. It's great.
I hear what people are saying about breaking up the lines -- but i found it really enjoyable. It takes a certain caliber of actor to pull it off -- but I think some of the long lines go to the "know-it-all"ness of the characters.
You've got these two people who talk for a living, trying to show off. A filibuster style makes sense. You could definitely drive it home with some interruptions.
Final thoughts: I really enjoyed the set up. The idea is great. Super duper cheap to shoot. I really enjoyed the ending. The only part that slowed it down for me was around page 6 but it picked up again and got me back into it. I personally would love to see this story told with one less page -- or the same length or longer with interruptions throughout.
I wrote a synopsis for a TV movie for Russians about an agency that handles break-ups. It's like that there - you give them a synopsis to read. Possibly they'll ask for the first few pages. Possibly even pay you to write the first 40 or so pages. And then hire you to write the whole thing.
Anyway, it's a very good short. the dialog is very cleverly handled and I loved the ending. Both Matt and Emily and Matt and Amber. But I felt like it went for two long. I had an urge to skip to the last page when I was at page 6. And I did that. Then I went back, reread and saw that I still understood the piece even when if I didn't go back and read those last pages. So, I'm thinking it's a bit long for me. Still very clever writing. Good luck to you with it.