Stacey Colbert, a young freelance writer who has worked for the "Village Voice," runs into Ned Dorsey by chance at a restaurant bar. Ned is a successful advertising account executive who is bombastic, pompous and definitely more than a little off-center. In the course of a brief conversation she is totally turned off by him. Stacey sees her sister Amanda, who hopefully will be able to introduce her to a nice guy, but she's horrified to find out that Ned is the unlikely best friend of Amanda's husband Eric, who works at the same ad agency as Ned. During the dinner conversation Stacey is outraged by Ned's amoral, ruthless attitude toward his work and life in general and she gives him a piece of her mind before stalking off, ending their blind date. At his job, Ned's boss Spencer tells him he can't award him a promotion because he's not married (their conservative clients like "family men.") Ned lies to Spencer, saying his own wedding is planned for a short time later. Ned gets his promotion he wanted instantly. A few days later, as Stacey suffers through a night in front of the television with her parents, she is shocked to see an underwear commercial, the copy for which is a word-for-word quote of her rant to Ned a few evenings before. Fuming, she goes by his apartment to tell him off. In the middle of her rant she notices how wonderful his centrally-located Manhattan apartment is. She says she desperately needs a place like this to operate out of to advance her writing career. Ned then makes a totally unexpected offer: marry me. He explains that his situation to her, but gives her scant time to think about it, because if she doesn't say yes, he's planning to go out that night and find someone who will. So despite the fact that the two don't like each other's personalities, beliefs, ideals, etc., they agree to a two-year marriage of convenience in which Stacey will fulfill the role of a businessman's wife at various functions, but it will be a genuine marriage in no other way except legally. Ned hands Stacey a front door key, a laundry room key and an engagement ring, then leaves the apartment--with an admonition to her not to lose the laundry room key. The two are wed in a rather uncivil ceremony. But Stacey's parents, especially her mom, are ecstatic about their long-unmarried daughter getting hitched to an up-and-comer like Ned. But after the ceremony a distraught Stacey is convulsed with sobs. She tells Ned (about to leave for a date with a server he met at the reception!) she can't go through with this sham, she wants a divorce. Ned angrily tells her he's holding her to her commitment. In their ensuing argument he lets it slip that despite their seeming incompatibility and maybe even loathing of each other, he might still like her. Ned decides to stay in and watch the Knicks game, and the incongrous pair wind up seated on the couch staring at the TV, Stacey still clad in her wedding dress.moreless
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