Ronny Miller (Patrick Dempsy) is a geek with dreams. He desperately wants to be in the popular group and get close to the prettiest and most popular girl in school, Cindy (Amanda Peterson). But there has been a great divide between the two worlds of geek and cool; neither shall meet for any reason. Unless, one is getting paid by the other. Ronny saves Cindy by paying $1,000 for her replacement outfit (so her mother never found out that she borrowed and soiled the swede outfit), in exchange for a month of dating. In that time, the two grow closer and Cindy falls for him, just the way he is. When the month is over, he is so obsessed with being popular, that after they “break-up” he becomes morally bankrupt. In other words, he becomes an asshole. It takes a mighty feat for him to come crashing back to earth and going back to being true to himself.
Well, this has got to be better than a John Hughes film, and I say that with great shock and horror. How could this be possible? With a great script. And though the premise seems a little far-fetched (paying $1,000 to become popular) it somehow becomes highly realistic. Each line either cuts to the marrow emotionally or it brings out that smile.
Patrick Dempsey is so young. He practically is bouncing off the walls, it’s like he’s filled with energy and has no way to be still for even a second. And he looks geeky, really badly. A cute geek, but very geeky nonetheless. It gives me a new theory; if a person is geeky in high school then they may turn out very attractive in later years. They just have to grow into their shape and direct their energy properly.
This is filled with several moral dilemmas. But not once does this become a preachy film. It’s an entertaining story that shows problems and how this character or that character deals with them with their limited life experience (teens are collecting the experiences to call upon them in adult life) and in the end they drive the important answers to the questions home with showing. Ronny and Cindy both learn what it means to be yourself and just get on with it, challenging the people around them when things become tense.
I really enjoyed watching this. It’s a good movie. Another one to go out and find for the purpose of watching it over and over again. The whole thing was well done, I can’t fault it for anything, even the fashion doesn’t bother me. The only thing though, the theme song gets stuck in my head every time and I end up with it there for ages.