if your prom date showed up with green hair and a shark-fin on his outlandish
car? What if you discovered your book club date spent his mornings making
gross body sounds as a DJ for an alternative rock station? What if the
stress of selling your business made you oblivious to the fact that your
boyfriend had a diamond ring in his pocket?
Clay Essig makes an extraordinary directorial
debut with Fortune Cookie - a bold, fresh take on romantic comedy which
continually surprises and delights with its candid and poignant commentary
on dating and romance. Scripted by Rob Thomas (Dawson's Creek, 20th Century
Fox's Drive Me Crazy, Space Ghost: Coast To Coast, creator of ABC's series
Cupid), Fortune Cookie, his first screenplay was instrumental in launching
his film and television career. The story brilliantly explores dating
rituals of teens, X'ers, and mid-lifers in the modern world.
Welcome to The Empire, an offbeat Chinese
restaurant, where in one serendipitous evening, the three couples converge
for dates that will, in varying ways, shake their assumptions about who
and what they're looking for. Their views of life and love are tested
against the whims of a cynical but insightful fortune cookie writer. By
handwriting witty, often prophetic fortunes from the descriptions given
him by a sardonic waiter, each couple is unknowingly nudged toward romantic
reward or emotional ruin.
Fortune Cookie suggests, modern men and
women still hunger for total-immersion love, even if they can't quite
bring themselves to take the plunge. It offers audiences a lighthearted,
tender look at romance as we experience it today; a fool's paradise where
even with confirmed reservations at The Empire, the smartest men and women
find themselves tangled in the comic web of modern love.