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Dinner With Cupid

Romantic comedy

Will their silver screen-ready story have a happy ending?

Joe Anderson and Christine Corley.

Joe Anderson and Christine Corley.

JOE ANDERSON

28 / SOFTWARE COMPANY OWNER

WHO WOULD PLAY HIM IN THE MOVIE ON HIS LIFE? Ryan Gosling from The Notebook

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What makes him a catch? I open doors for women and walk them to their cars.

CHRISTINE CORLEY

27 / AUDIOLOGIST

WHO WOULD PLAY HER IN THE MOVIE ON HER LIFE? Julia Roberts — she’s a redhead like me.

WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH? I know myself well and know what I want.

8 P.M. RUSSELL HOUSE TAVERN, HARVARD SQUARE

PRETTY WOMAN

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CHRISTINE I picked out my outfit the night before. The outfit is a key factor in how the date will go!

JOE I arrived at Harvard Square an hour early.

CHRISTINE I came home from work, changed, did makeup, and downed a nip of Fireball whiskey before leaving.

JOE Would I like her? What would she look like? These were the questions running through my head.

CHRISTINE At least I would come out of it with a good story. I arrived early and he was already at the table.

JOE I ordered nothing until she arrived. I never want my date to feel rushed. The hostess walked her [over].

CHRISTINE I had to tell her I didn’t know him, so she’d have to bring me over. She laughed at that.

JOE She was in good shape, with a nice smile and a pretty face.

CHRISTINE He was tall, slim, and had dark hair, which is usually right up my alley.

MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING

CHRISTINE He didn’t ask me anything about myself for the first five to 10 minutes.

JOE She kept the conversation going, which I liked.

CHRISTINE I’d ask him questions about himself, and he wouldn’t ask me in return. I figured he wasn’t interested in my answers.

JOE As she loosened up, she smiled more. She looks great when she smiles.

CHRISTINE I am someone who likes to have drinks. He said he doesn’t drink often, but would get a glass of wine.

JOE I think Cupid did a good job of matching us.

CHRISTINE The more I realized we didn’t have much in common, the less attractive I found him.

JOE She goes to so many weddings! I’ve never been to one.

CHRISTINE We were talking about friends getting married.

JOE I said I’d be a good wedding date because I know how to dance. I’ve competed in ballroom and swing.

CHRISTINE He asked me about my dream wedding, which I found really weird.

JOE After dinner, I felt that I liked Christine.

CHRISTINE He is really just not my type.

BLUE VALENTINE

CHRISTINE We exchanged numbers, which I honestly did out of politeness.

JOE She would’ve received an A+ for a goodnight kiss.

CHRISTINE He told me he would give me a better review if I gave him a kiss.

I told him I don’t kiss on the first date.

JOE I’ve always wondered what the big deal is. I feel like kissing should be done right away.

SECOND DATE?

JOE I’d like to see her again.

CHRISTINE He’s a good catch for someone, just not me.

POST-MORTEM

CHRISTINE C+

JOE A-

— Compiled by Steph Hiltz

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