"I want a guy who can play 36 holes of golf, and still have enough energy to take Warren and me to a baseball game, and eat sausages, and beer, not lite beer, but beer."
"That's my ad, print it up," concludes the Cameron Diaz-played sweet-and-sexy title character, and big sister to mentally challenged Warren, in the hit romantic comedy There's Something About Mary.
Hold the presses! Mary's would-be personal ad has some makings of a great dating pitch — it gets high marks for honesty and humor — but Mary could stand to sell herself a little: What makes her such a catch that she's worth the effort to contact? (For starters, she's down-to-earth, gorgeous and undyingly loyal to those she loves.)
In real life a personal ad — or its online dating equivalent, the personal profile — can be a terrific tool to endear the right person to you. "The personal ad route can be a good idea because it gives you the opportunity to meet people outside of your little circle of friends and co-workers," says Toni Coleman, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in McLean, Va.
But the way you write a personal profile matters: it could mean the difference, in fact, between hooking the love of your life and falling flat.