When I first read Lori Gottlieb’s Atlantic Monthly article “Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough,” it make me think a lot about not settling. Been there, done that.
Now get this: Lori’s article has just been optioned by Warner to become a movie. She got a book deal out of it, too — sold to Dutton for the mid-six figures, to be titled “Marry Him: Finding Mr. Real.” (Do I sound envious? Me? No!)
As you might recall, Gottlieb, a single mother who conceived her child with donor sperm, suggested that rather than continue to date ceaselessly, single women might consider settling for the next decent guy who comes along. Maybe, if you let go of your high expectations, you’ll be happier in the end. Lori wrote:
“Don’t worry about passion or intense connection… Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics. Because if you want to have the infrastructure in place to have a family, settling is the way to go.”
“On the one hand, I could see it as an extremely conventional romantic comedy: Single woman resolves herself to marry the next OK-enough guy she meets, still has to go through a slew of schlubs, finally meets a good one, marries him — and ends up falling hopelessly in love after the fact, living happily ever after [insert eyeroll here].”
But BuzzSugar goes on to wonder “if there’s some kind of movie — heck, even a documentary — that would more accurately convey” Gottlieb’s points.
Let’s hear what you think:
If Warner decides to make a real life documentary on single moms searching for Mr. Right, would you invite the movie crew into your living room?
If “Marry Him” is going to be a sappy Hollywood love flick, what do you think the plot should be?
Hmmm… A single mom who settles for Mr. Drip because she realizes that being cared for is more important than being in love? I’m not so sure.
Photo from LoriGottlieb.com
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