Feature Presentation: Geek Charming

Geek Charming Starring Sara Hyland, Matt Prokop, Sasha Pieterse, and Jordan Nichols

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2011. Rated PG

Synopsis: Dylan Schoenfield (Hyland) is a selfish, snobby, popular 16-year-old who wants more than anything to be crowned Blossom Queen at her school’s spring formal. Josh Rosen(Prokop) is president of the school film club and wants to make a film for the local film festival that will win him a trip to Hollywood. Josh need a subject for his documentary for the film festival and Dylan needs a way to help her campaign for Blossom Queen, and after Josh rescues her purse from a mall fountain, the two make a deal. Dylan will be the subject of Josh’s film and he convinces her that it will help her win. After Dylan and Josh have a fight about her behavior, Josh second-guesses his topic choice until Dylan shows up at the screening for a science fiction movie. The two reconcile, and despite the fact that the two dislike each other, they begin to grow closer.

Based on a novel of the same name by Robin Palmer, this movie is part teen drama part romantic comedy. The plot, unfortunately, is largely formulaic: cute popular girl is forced to spend time with a boy who is way out of her league and eventually the two develop romantic feelings for each other. In the background, we have Dylan’s dad dating a woman whom she could care less for, Josh is living in a single parent household after his parent’s divorce, and some long abandoned friendships. Hyland (ABC’s Modern Family) makes a convincing popular girl that is gradually softened by Josh’s geeky nature, and had to laugh at the fact that she was channeling gossip girl characters with her diva-like attitude and apparent helplessness at being unable to do much besides shop without some help. Prokop brings a sort of naivety to his character that makes him both charming an endearing, though he seems to be socially awkward and well, pretty much the polar opposite of Dylan. It is a cute movie that is both touching and humorous that has more to it than just a popular girl fraternizing with a geek.

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