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Geek Charming (2011)

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To win a school popularity contest, a high school diva permits a film club classmate to record her popular life, but the film starts documenting her decline instead.


Jeffrey Hornaday


Robin Palmer (based on the novel by), Elizabeth Hackett (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Hyland ... Dylan Schoenfield
Matt Prokop ... Josh Rosen
Sasha Pieterse ... Amy Loubalu
Jordan Nichols Jordan Nichols ... Asher
Vanessa Morgan ... Hannah
Lili Simmons ... Lola
David Del Rio ... Ari
Jimmy Bellinger ... Steven
Lilli Birdsell ... Sandy
Andrew Airlie ... Alan Schoenfield
Kacey Rohl ... Caitlin
Andrea Brooks ... Nicole Paterson
David Milchard ... Mr. Farley
Brenda Crichlow ... Ms. Guthrie (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Erica Van Briel ... Amber


Dylan Shoenfield is the pink princess of the upscale Woodlands Academy. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new it bag that everyone covets, but when she accidentally tosses her Serge Sanchez bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog - self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan's bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan's so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life and her social status comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan win the Woodlands Academy Spring Formal Blossom Queen crown? Can Josh win the Woodlands Academy 5th Annual Film Festival? Can Dylan, with Josh's help, pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after? Written by rooney galian

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Matt Prokop and Sarah Hyland had been dating for several years when the movie was released. See more »


Dylan Schoenfield: [splattered with food] You... you GEEK! This is designer!
Josh Rosen: No, it's tuna noodle casserole.
Dylan Schoenfield: You are so gah-ross!
Josh Rosen: "Gross" is just one syllable.
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The William Tell Overture Theme Music
Written By Gioachino Rossini
Performed By The Orchestral Academy Band Of Los Angeles California
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Flawed ... But Brilliantly So
22 August 2013 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

A few hundred years in the future, after our society burns out like a light-bulb and ultimately reinvents itself into a much kinder experience, there will be those who will study the films of our era and -- it is possible -- these unusual Disney-esque TV treats may just end up being revered in a class (ahem) of their own. Here is the thing. When these high school soap operas work, when the actors and writers are firing on all cylinders, they work really well. I was originally intrigued by a review in a blog which said that this film was so good it could have been shown theatrically. Brave words indeed. The truth is that, until the last 10 mins or so, this is an exceptional work that continually engages and surprises. While the story is not new as such, the actors make it come alive and the director makes it engaging. Sort of --- for those that like to deconstruct film, which is most of us -- a high school Julia Roberts vehicle (if JR had ever done a Disney, which of course she did not). The only flaw is the ending. The story clearly overwhelmed the writers who scrambled against the clock to sort out all the twists and arcs, and it shows. Flawed, but brilliantly so.

-------------Addendum July 17

Because I have been doing a few "Lists" for members, I felt compelled to have a re-watch of this one. Conclusion? Sarah Hyland's amazing performance -- playing two sides of the same coin, as it were, and using her eyes like weapons -- almost but not quite raised this film to greatness. Once again, on second viewing, I saw how rushed the writing team was at the close. It was almost like the studio had given them a checklist of items that had to be covered in the ending and, until that point, they were having too much fun writing the story to care. The ending still sucks. The movie is still much better than the IMDb rating. And Hyland's performance is a joy.

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11 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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