Posted by Alex on February 13, 2013
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Southern California public radio station KCRW featured author/screenwriter Liza Monroy and her mother Peggy, the inspiration behind Five All in the Fifth's feature film project, "The Profiler," on this week's Unfictional broadcast.
In "Cracking the Love Code," the duo explain Peggy's long history of "profiling" Liza's boyfriends. Per the show description:
Whenever Liza would get in a serious relationship with a man, she would introduce him to her mother. Liza's mom Peggy, like many parents, would quickly offer unsolicited advice about whether the guy was a suitable match for her daughter. The frustrating thing for Liza was, her mother was almost always right. That's because for 26 years Peggy had been a foreign service officer for the State Department, interviewing visa applicants. She was a profiler with a finely honed ability to detect lies and hidden motives within 2 minutes of meeting someone. Eventually mother and daughter decided to use Peggy's ability to Liza's advantage, so they set up a system... Now the men who wanted to date Liza had to submit to being profiled FIRST.
Liza first wrote about "The Profiler" in her New York Times Modern Love column, "When Mom Is on the Scent, and Right." Five All in the Fifth is developing a romantic comedy spin-off of Liza's novel-in-progress based on a similar, but fictional storyline.