Write Your Own Chick Flick!

Hey there! It’s been a while, no? It’s good to be back. You look great! That color really suits you, and are you doing something different with your hair these days?

Today’s post is inspired by a new movie called “Paris Can Wait,” featuring Diane Lane as une femme d’un certain âge doing what Diane Lane does, this time in the South of France. Alec Baldwin is involved, because Alec Baldwin is always involved. It’s a chick flick for those of us who are north of forty, and as such it hits all the usual beats: fab-looking upper-middle-class female lead, charming dude with an accent, delicious food, dancing with rustic peasant sorts, etc. You know, “Eat and Pray Under the Tuscan…well, It’s Complicated.”

Does that sound appealing to you? Personally, I’d rather live it than see it on screen, and only if my own charming dude could accompany me, of course. But if the movie sounds like your jam, I have good news: Now you, yes, YOU, can put your very own version into development hell! Just fill in the blanks below with one of the choices provided, and you’ll be on your way!

Diane Lane

Our Star.

Let’s start.

DIANE LANE stars as

  1. Eve,
  2. Joy,
  3. Sue,
  4. Ann,

a recently

  1. Divorced
  2. Separated
  3. Widowed
  4. Dumped

But insanely well-paid

  1. Writer
  2. Curator
  3. Artist
  4. Import/Export Executive

Who has just lost her

  1. Job.
  2. House.
  3. Will to live.
  4. Damn mind.

In the company of her free-spirited

  1. Mother,
  2. Best friend,
  3. Sister,
  4. Personal assistant,


  1. Georgie,
  2. Frankie,
  3. Alex,
  4. Wednesday,

As portrayed by

  1. Sandra Oh,
  2. Rebel Wilson,
  3. Diane Keaton,
  4. Judy Greer,
Sandra Oh


She escapes to

  1. Tuscany.
  2. Cannes.
  3. Santorini.
  4. The Cotswolds.

There, she finds new love with a

  1. Vintner
  2. Vintner
  3. Vintner
  4. Chef

Portrayed by

  1. Gérard Depardieu.
  2. Vincent Cassel.
  3. Antonio Banderas.
  4. Colin Firth.

The brie and the Sancerre pair divinely.

But when her ex, portrayed by

  1. Alec Baldwin,
  2. Alec Baldwin,
  3. Alec Baldwin,
  4. Alec Baldwin,

Arrives, she is forced to make a wrenching choice between her old life and her new.

The title of this masterpiece is The ________ of ________ (Choose one from Column A and one from Column B):

Column A:

  1. Taste
  2. Scent
  3. Memory
  4. Folly

Column B:

  1. Clouds
  2. Strawberries
  3. Bluebells
  4. Love

And there you have it! Or as Diane Lane would say, Voilà!


The Folly of Bluebells? The Bluebells of Folly? Is that a cemetery in the background?