Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dating George Clooney

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My review:

Maureen Driscoll captures the action on the big three playing fields, religion, politics, and movies. With her subversive humor she shows us how power doesn't necessarily corrupt it just bends and warps. Lauren Butler lacks people skills and has no brakes on her mouth. Divorced and at that magic age of 42 when you should have your act together but don’t, Lauren takes a job as speechwriter for a scandal-ridden, numbingly narcissistic congressman after she is fired as head writer for a game show.

As the days lead up to the congressman’s election and the tension builds, Lauren escapes to a fantasy world where George Clooney is smitten with her. He joins her at times when his tenderness is most needed, as in shopping at Costco. He pushes the cart and chats lovingly to the stressed-out Lauren.

One of the real howlers is The Finisher, A hit man with an IQ of ten and the focus of a Doberman Pinscher suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.

Lauren's fantasy world with George Clooney left me in tears of laughter. Get this... Mark Walberg serenading the couple as George Clooney purposes to Lauren while placing a giant pink diamond on her finger. This would make a super funny film.

Maureen Driscoll is an Emmy-nominated writer-producer in Los Angeles whose credits include "The Dish" on the Style Network, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Nickelodeon's "BrainSurge." She was also a recipient of a Walt Disney Studios screenwriting fellowship, where she wrote a romantic comedy based on her rather painful divorce. The script didn't make it to the big screen, but it did teach her a few things about happily ever after.

Before moving to Hollywood, Maureen spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. Her novel DATING GEORGE CLOONEY is a political satire inspired by her time there.

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