This isn’t a personal story but I was appalled by the movie I found scrolling through my channels on a slow night – on ABC Family no less – called My Fake Fiance. The guide description, ‘A man and a woman fake an engagement and wedding to receive presents and money’, didn’t pique my interest in actually watching the movie, but I felt compelled to check Wikipedia to see if it was as bad as that blurb made it sound. Nope. It was worse (full description can be found here).
Apparently the aforementioned man and woman decided to get married as a scheme to pay off his gambling debts and furnish her house and, in the process of conning their nearest and dearest ACTUALLY fall in love and decide to give the fake marriage a real go. There are some awful subplots about kids being denied college to pay for the sham wedding, an uncle who gifts them money that could have been used to pay off the gambling debt in the first place, and more general awfulness.
I guess this was the logical conclusion of all those gift hungry couples featured on this site, but played out as romantic comedy. I’m not sure the person who thought that this would be a good plot for a movie is in any way familiar with the concepts of ‘romance’ or ‘comedy’.
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