Four years ago, screenwriter Tess Morris e-mailed me from England to tell me that my rom-com book had helped her write a screenplay, beginning a correspondence that bloomed into a friendship, I'm happy to say. I'm especially happy to have watched her project grow from being "this script I've just finished" to "OMG this movie's getting made!" to this weekend's UK release of Man Up, starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, directed by Ben Palmer, which has opened to glowing reviews (check out these tomatoes).
It's great when you can see something that's been created by a friend and you don't have to make up something nice to say about it. In this case I can honestly report that in seeing Man Up I laughed, I cried, and I'm chuffed to see it again when the movie comes out in the USA - should be in the Fall. In the meantime, Living the RomCom readers may be amused to find Writing the Romantic Comedy's praises sung in print: here's Tess's thoughts on rom-com craft, and an interview with Ms. Morris and Mr. Pegg.
This being an American-born blog, predominately perused by stateside readers, I can't urge you to go see it tonight, but consider this brief post a kind of whet-your-appetite notice: Man Up provides delightful proof that rumors of the romantic comedy genre's demise have indeed been greatly exaggerated.