Reviewed byA_Different_DrummerVote: 9/10/10
A few hundred years in the future, after our society burns out like alight-bulb and ultimately reinvents itself into a much kinderexperience, there will be those who will study the films of our era and-- it is possible -- these unusual Disney-esque TV treats may just endup being revered in a class (ahem) of their own. Here is the thing.When these high school soap operas work, when the actors and writersare firing on all cylinders, they work really well. I was originallyintrigued by a review in a blog which said that this film was so goodit could have been shown theatrically. Brave words indeed. The truth isthat, until the last 10 mins or so, this is an exceptional work thatcontinually engages and surprises. While the story is not new as such,the actors make it come alive and the director makes it engaging. Sortof --- 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 storyclearly overwhelmed the writers who scrambled against the clock to sortout all the twists and arcs, and it shows. Flawed, but brilliantly so.
Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 5/10/10
Geek Charming is an innocuous but all together impossible tale of thenerd who woos the diva with the technique of making a film documentaryabout her. Matt Prokop is the film geek and Sarah Hyland is the divawhose biggest ambition in life is to be Blossom Queen of her highschool.
Even over 40 years ago I well remember about how high school was soregimented into a caste system of cliques. A lot of kids are going tosee this teen comedy from Disney Studios and start thinking thebarriers are not so impossible. Prokop has his set with other filmbuffs of which I could have been one and hits on the idea of making adocumentary that will gain him a scholarship to film school. He decidesto do a documentary exploring the secret of popularity with Hyland asthe subject. She's thinking this will help her in her campaign to beBlossom Queens which is what they must call Homecoming Queen in herhigh school. The crowning achievement of her life? She reminds me somuch of the equally vapid Mila Kunis in That Seventies Show who saidthat nothing would deter her from her ambition to be a Dallas CowboysCheerleader.
And as these films go both start to change each other just by being inclose association. It's the Disney Studios so their product is usuallylimited in the directions they go.
Propkop and Hyland are decent enough leads and attractive. But nothingterribly out of the ordinary here.
Reviewed bygracehuoVote: 5/10/10
You would think people would make less films displaying American highschool stereotypes by 2011 already, but no, there are still hundredsand thousands of them coming out every year and this is one of them.I'd watch this when I'm really bored because it does have its fun,emotional and touching parts like good movies. But overall, it's justtoo normal, too unoriginal, and the message that they are sendingacross is basically grouping high school kids into bunches withstereotypical labels, it makes the "geek" kids feel inferior, andworthless and that they can only be cool and accepted when they hangout with the popular kids. So the movie does end in kind of asemi-positive way but it still doesn't set the message straight. Anywayto sum it up, its too clichéd and too unoriginal and just like mostother movies about American high schools out there.
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?