She’s single-minded

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / October 30, 2010

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Studies show there are more single women than ever in the US, but who are they? The media would have you believe all these footloose females fall into one of two categories: career-oriented women who don’t have the time or the inclination to get hitched or gals who are desperately seeking Mr. Right. Because neither one of these stereotypes rings true with Michelle Cove , she took a camera to the streets of Boston and asked single ladies why they don’t want to put a ring on it. The result is an entertaining documentary, “Seeking Happily Ever After: One Generation’s Struggle to Redefine the Fairytale,’’ which won the Audience Award at the New York United Film Festival and drew huge crowds at a screening in D.C. On Wednesday, Cove will finally host a screening in Boston. (It takes place at BU at 7 p.m.) “I just wondered ‘Who the hell are these women?,’’ because I couldn’t name a single woman who fit one of those two categories,’’ says Cove, who married when she was 32 and now has a 6-year-old. “Women are nuanced and complicated on this topic. What we learned is there’s definitely a group of women who have no interest in marriage.’’ Cove considered including a famously single celebrity — Charlize Theron or Jennifer Aniston, say — but she worried that the travails of a Tinseltown type might turn off ordinary women. Instead, there are pearls of wisdom from Greg Behrendt, coauthor of “He’s Just Not That Into You,’’ and Patti Stanger, host of the Bravo show “The Millionaire Matchmaker.’’ Cove doesn’t yet have a distributor for the film, but she does have a companion book, also called “Seeking Happily Ever After.’’