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Singled Out

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Twenty-somethings are pranked when a married couple sets up their single friends.
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Heading back to the dating scene is hard enough after a tough break up but cell phone cameras and reality television make it even harder.

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SINGLED OUT
Twenty-somethings are pranked when a married couple sets up their single friends.

Getting back into the dating game doesn’t always come easy after divorce. But having friends with good intentions helps. Sometimes….

But sometimes not.

Rick Hansberry’s “Singled Out” gives us a comical view on what goes through the mind of a nostalgic divorced guy when he’s urged by his married BFF to visit a single’s bar for “his own good”.

INT. RYAN’S HOUSE / BEDROOM - NIGHT

A different 80’s classic rock tune PLAYS. Ryan walks in front of the mirror, inspects a different look, mimes his internal dislike by the following reactions:

SERIES OF QUICK CUTS:

Jacket and tie - What am I thinking?

Business casual - Too geeky.

Tossled hair and open shirt - Who are you kidding?

Hollister - Doesn’t cut it with a mid-thirties waist line.

Sweater vest - Tags still on. Who gave this to me?

GQ - Straight out of a magazine ad.

After years of married “bliss” (or otherwise), can Ryan even pick out come-hither clothes….?

Let’s find out. Fast forward to a jumping nightclub scene:

INT. DIG’S NIGHTCLUB - MOMENTS LATER

Ryan strides toward the bar, gains confidence with each step. He claims his stool. The BARTENDER approaches.

BARTENDER
Are you kidding me with this GQ wannabe look? This ain’t Halloween.

The girls poor Ryan encounters next seem all-too-eager to shoot him down. Worse than the Bartender’s fashion critique, their words cut like a don’t-go-there knife:

- Make room. Desperate Man walking.

- My eyes are up here, Marco Polo.

- Looks like somebody forgot to DVR Jeopardy again.

Dating’s never easy, even in one’s prime. But have Ryan’s moves become this lame? Will he ever find his groove? What limbo level of relationship hell has his friends lure him into… and can they fish him out?

If you’re looking for a fun and lively short with a… happy ending, approach “Singled Out” with confidence. You just might find your perfect match and mate!

Review by Linda Hullinger
Submitted: December 30, 2018
Last Updated: December 9, 2019

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The Writer: Rick Hansberry

Rick Hansberry is an award-winning screenwriter with more than 20 years of industry experience. With several produced credits on his IMDb page, Rick has written, produced and directed several short films. 2017 saw the release of two feature-length films, "Alienate" and "Evil In Her." 2018 brought the release of another award-winning short film, "My Two O'Clock" and a second micro-short, "Missed Stop" was released late in 2018 and is still screening in certain world-wide festivals. In 2019, Rick debuted his first web series pilot, "Clean Slate." This past year also featured the release of his creative contribution to a documentary, "This Is My Home". In 2020, Rick will be marketing an action... Go to bio

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