Looks Good on Paper

A strung-out claims adjuster unwittingly denies health insurance to the girl he’s falling in love with.

PITCH

Imagine you’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. You’ve got the same lung cancer that’s poisoning hundreds of the firefighters, cops and survivors of 9/11. But as soon as you need help, your health insurance company refuses to cover your medical bills. Some technicality they say. You’ve been fighting the company for months because you can’t possibly afford the treatment. But the anonymous guy on the other end of the line won’t budge. He’s gonna let you die!

ALEX BASSOS is that guy, the supervising claims adjuster at a national insurance company. Alex knows your entire medical history. It’s his job to screw you out of your legitimate claim and save the company millions. How does Alex live with himself? He pops pills like jelly beans. Too sedated to care, too bitter to change, Alex has given up on life, on happiness, on love.

That’s when GRACE WALKER scrapes Alex up off the pavement and shows him life is full of opportunities that just don’t fit on a corporate spreadsheet. Like salsa dancing. And skinny-dipping. And singing karaoke off-key. Grace bucks the system, she seizes the day, she follows her heart. And a strung-out corporate drone like Alex has never met anyone like her. Alex is falling in love. But when Grace tells Alex she’s a 9/11 survivor, Alex’s line of work begins to haunt him. He’s hiding a terrible secret. And when Grace finds out, it’ll be a miracle if she ever forgives him.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy
SIMILAR TO: Garden State, High Fidelity, When Harry Met Sally

COVERAGE

Looks Good on Paper is a promising romantic comedy with a social twist. Alex Bassos is a character who embodies everything the typical American male lead is not. He’s a prescription drug abuser, his friends are scumbags, his job is nefarious, and he has no plan to emerge from an existence that clearly makes him miserable. Enter Grace Walker, who sees the sense of humor and hidden talent buried beneath the train wreck of Alex’s life. She knows he’s capable of something more, despite his caution and lack of ambition. The script makes a forceful social comment on working for corporate America. The commentary is timely, and the theme is carried throughout effectively. The urban backdrop, especially watering holes like Tabú and the Doug Fir, give the story high marks for hipster appeal.”

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