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The Secret Lives of Dorks -- When cheerleader Carrie realizes that dorky Payton's crush is likely to last 'til middle age, she sets him up with a dorkette from school. Sadly, Payton is a dating disaster area.
The Secret Lives of Dorks -- Payton (Gaelan Connell) is a pathetic dork, a comic book geek whose high school career is one hopeless faux pas after another. Yet he’s a dreamer and madly in love with the head cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who he is determined to win over.  But she is wise to his desperate advances, so to get off his radar she creates a plan to push him into the arms of a dorkette at the school, Samantha (Vanessa Marano).

In this high school equation: Peyton wants Carrie; Carrie wants Peyton to instead hook up with Samantha; Samantha wants Peyton.  But even the simplest formula can equal disaster when a cheerleader tries to play matchmaker to a dork and a dorkette.  After a chance encounter with Carrie’s football player boyfriend Clark (Beau Mirchoff), Payton is brought into their social circle and doesn’t really care about their motives; he’s just happy to be near Carrie. She tries to improve his social skills in order to ask Samantha out and her plan just might work, but this is Payton we’re talking about.

With adult wisdom imparted by the likes of Payton’s dad (Jim Belushi), his teacher (Jennifer Tilly), and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, who offers his own brand of "Ditka On…" self-help lessons, Payton’s life shifts into high gear from lonely misery to utter disaster.
The Secret Lives of Dorks -- Clip: Payton Hearts Carrie
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Gaelan Connell ... Payton

Vanessa Marano ... Samantha

Riley Voelkel ... Carrie

Beau Mirchoff ... Clark

Jim Belushi ... Bronko

Jennifer Tilly ... Ms. Stewart

William Katt ... Mr. Thomas Gibson

Kay Lenz ... Mrs. Susie Gibson

Seymour Cassel ... Principal

Charlie Stewart ... Ollie

Mark Daugherty ... Chester

Escher Holloway ... Matt Kinsella

Andrea Bogart ... Jessica

Daina Gozan ... Anya

Emily Wilson ... Karen

Tyler Steelman ... Herbie

Kara Taitz ... Bernice

Fortune Feimster ... Janitor

Nikki Hahn ... Gale Sara Ralph
Matthew Von Der Ahe ... Andy

Morgan McClellan ... Stoner Kid

Thushari Jayasekera ... Girl in Diner

Suzy Vaughan ... Flo
Karen Fuchs ... Teacher
Shannon Ring ... Police Officer

Jessica Gardner ... Lunch Lady
Landon LaVigne ... Corndog Boy
Krys Baioa ... Fruit Cup Boy
Krystel Labrousse ... Cheerleader #1
Cecilia Rose ... Cheerleader #2
Sarah Leners ... Cheerleader #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dave Bean ... Additional Voices (uncredited)
Teagan Berger ... Geek (uncredited)
Silas Briton ... Jock #2 (uncredited)
Benjamin R. Brown III ... High School Student (uncredited)

Lindsay Bushman ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Charles Chen ... High School Student (uncredited)

Joe Filippone ... Long Haired Dork (uncredited)
Corin Grant ... Football Player (uncredited)
Jack Grimmett ... Zombie Prom DJ (uncredited)

David Harris ... Thunder Downunder (uncredited)
Sapphire Lichelle James ... High School Student (uncredited)

Elaine Kratofil ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Amy Mader ... Student (uncredited)

Melanie Manooki ... Student Friend (uncredited)

Chanel Marriott ... Tahlia (uncredited)

Brian Metran ... High School Student (uncredited)

Dawn Meyer ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Krystina Ptasinski ... High School Student (uncredited)

Nicole Sadighi ... Student Lisa (uncredited)

Monda Scott ... Student (uncredited)

Christopher Troy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Myles Tufts ... High School Student (uncredited)
Mary Wang ... Dork Girl (uncredited)
Caitlin Rose Williams ... Popular Girl (uncredited)
Wilson Wong ... Student (uncredited)

Nicole Wright ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Salomé Breziner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Brandt  written by
Johnny Severin  story (uncredited)
Johnny Severin  written by

Produced by
Emma Collin .... executive producer
Rob Deege .... co-producer (as Robert Deege)
Chris Hazzard .... co-producer
Scott Hyman .... co-producer (as Scott G. Hyman)
Dominic Ianno .... producer
Stephen Israel .... producer
David Lawley .... executive producer
Stephen Margolis .... executive producer
Jethro Rothe-Kushel .... line producer
David Tice .... executive producer
Steven J. Wolfe .... producer
Jason James .... co-producer (uncredited)
Chris Mirosevic .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jeff Cardoni 
Cinematography by
Mark Mervis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jacob Chase 
David Heinz 
Casting by
Katie Piel 
Production Design by
Michael Fitzgerald 
Set Decoration by
Siobhan O'Brien 
Costume Design by
Liz M. Schroeder 
Bonnie Stauch (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist: pickup shots
Natalee Castillo .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Dahl .... makeup artist
Judy Staats .... makeup department head
Lexx Staats .... key makeup artist
Felipe V Castillo .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Natalee Castillo .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
David Charles .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Jasmin Robles .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dominic Ottersbach .... unit production manager
Jethro Rothe-Kushel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Cohen .... first assistant director
Chris Debenedetto .... first assistant director
John David Denison .... first assistant director
John David Denison .... second assistant director
Quincy Gray .... second assistant director: second unit
Jack Grimmett .... first assistant director: pick-ups
Jack Grimmett .... second second assistant director
Diego Hallivis .... second assistant director
Joshua A.C. Johnson .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Joshua Bramer .... property master: additional photography
Kody Busch .... art director: pickup shots
Rodrigo Cabral .... production designer: pickup shots
Joanna Beray Ingco .... set dresser (as Joanna Ingco)
Samson Kellman .... construction coordinator
Jessica Mahnke .... set dresser
Shawn McKinney .... assistant art director
Erica Wernick .... graphic designer
Sam Widaman .... property master
Sound Department
Fletcher Alliston .... sound mixer
Phillip Barrett .... foley mixer
Adele Fletcher .... adr editor
Adele Fletcher .... dialogue editor
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Blair Jollands .... sound designer
Robert Kennedy .... sound mixer: additional pick up
Felix Lee .... boom operator
Felix Lee .... sound
Kath Pollard .... re-recording mixer
Danny Reeves .... adr recordist
Johnathan Rush .... re-recording mixer
Josh Salinas .... boom operator
Ian Shedd .... dialogue editor
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
David Turner .... sound studio manager
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Rudy Zasloff .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Alex Hill .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Stephen Dyson .... visual effects artist
Brent Tyler .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Brett Carleton .... swing
Louis Chernovsky .... additional second assistant camera
Chad Courtney .... first assistant camera
Michael Di Ricco .... electrician
Robert Grower .... grip
Danny Grunes .... director of photography: second unit
Danny Grunes .... first assistant camera
Matt Hingstman .... dolly grip (as Lank Hingstman)
Alexander Iravani .... digital imaging technician
Joseph Joyce .... second assistant camera
Kyle Kimbriel .... second assistant camera
Joe Kocsis .... digital imaging technician
Darrin P. Nim .... additional first assistant camera
Jeff Nolde .... additional first assistant camera
Erica Parise .... still photographer
Cameron Riddles .... additional first assistant camera
Michael Roy .... gaffer
Sarah Schulte .... key grip
Bill Sloggatt .... best boy electric
Drew Valenti .... additional best boy grip
Yvgeniy Zhuk .... key grip
Animation Department
Ben Bjelajac .... director of animation
Casting Department
Susan Johnston .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nance Billington .... wardrobe: pickups
Editorial Department
Jon Bruce .... on-line editor
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering
Matthew Locke .... post-production coordinator
Rob O'Connor .... assistant editor
Music Department
Emily C. Kwong .... music editor
Kyle Mullarky .... score mixer
Derek Syverud .... music editor
Andrea von Foerster .... music supervisor
Other crew
Renetta G. Amador .... additional script supervisor
Whitney Avalon .... adr actor
Nathalie Chandler .... legal counsel
John Cleland .... production coordinator
Mike Deas .... production assistant
Austin Harpole .... additional production assistant
Carlisle Huson .... production assistant
Kett Kettering .... assistant accountant
Joe Kocsis .... dit
Gints Krastins .... production accountant
Jordan Kurtzman .... production assistant
Justin Plummer III .... production assistant
Karah Prokay .... assistant to director
Rachel Riegel .... production assistant
Savannah Scott .... production assistant (as Savannah Collins)
Jenny Siff .... script supervisor
Warren Upson .... production assistant
James Yantis .... production assistant
Schuyler Evans .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, and for language
91 min
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
I cried for Jennifer Tilly, 9 February 2014
Author: zif ofoz from United States

A painful flick to watch!

I used the 'pickup lines' (which are the funniest part of the movie) as band aides for my wounds.

I adore Jennifer Tilly and why she gets bad roles is just a mystery -- she has the best role in this mind numbing flick. Certainly a movie made for the tween and early teen group.

The laughs and plot line are so thin in the story it's an ordeal to write a review. It's a high school 'in group' = stupid kids vs the 'out group' = smart kids. An out group kid likes an in group girl - she both ignores him and pities him. Football guy is a jerk!

End of story!

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