Their meeting transforms into an augmented first date, the scenes of which are sprinkled with their resulting issue plagued relationship. Jack is a happy-go-fortunate regular fellow, a sitcom author whose credits incorporate My Two Dicks (it’s not as filthy as it sounds). Maria, of Portuguese plummet, is profoundly religious and superstitious, not making any important choices without the info of her fortuneteller who, obviously, doesn’t consider much Jack.
Nor is Maria’s family particularly inviting, with her father (de Almeida) exclaiming to his daughter, “Are you attempting to execute me?” upon first setting eyes on Jack.
The couple’s personal styles also contrast greatly, with Jack being a lazy pig (signal the argument over his not changing his underwear, which one can just trust isn’t a plot component roused by real life) and Maria being a fanatical neat freak (prompt the jokes about Pottery Barn and Martha Stewart).