--> "I was wrong about that [[ChekhovsGun cats and dogs]] stuff!"
--> --'''''Dylan, nicely summing up the entire movie.'''''

''Geek Charming'' is a DisneyChannel Original Movie starring Sara Hyland and Matt Prokop, originating from the novel of the same name written by Robin Palmer.

Dylan is the most popular girl in school and couldn't want anything more! Well, aside from being crowned Blossom Queen at the Spring Formal. But she's unlucky enough to have an actual opponent, Nicole. She decides that she needs to find some sort of edge so she can pull ahead.

Josh is a film geek who wants to win the upcoming Film Festival, so he's looking for an interesting topic. After saving Dylan's purse, he has a great idea, make a movie about Popularity starring her. They strike a deal, Dylan thinking that this is exactly the edge she needs over Nicole.

What follows is an unconventional love story involving a lot of ConversationalTroping.

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!!Tropes used in this film:
* ActorAllusion: Viewers might find Dylan talking into the ConfessionCam to be [[ModernFamily strikingly familiar]].
** It's also a little coincidentally odd that Dylan is the name of Haley's boyfriend.
* TheAllegedCar: Josh's car can barely hold itself together, let alone run.
* AlphaBitch: Dylan. Nicole as well. Suffice it to say that two {{Alpha Bitch}}es competing against each other is not a pretty sight.
* {{Adorkable}}: Josh is called this by one of Dylan's GirlPosse following his makeover.
* AlmostKiss: An odd twist on the theme. After the dramatic kiss that upgraded them to OfficialCouple, they almost kiss right at the end. He stops, looks at the camera, and covers up the lens to kiss her.
* AnAesop: Popularity means more than just dressing the right way or hanging out with the right people. It means having actual friends you can count on.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Surprisingly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Although Josh gets a Makeover and start hanging out with the populars, he never [[TookALevelInJerkass becomes a jerkass.]] In fact, his geek friends actually act more like {{Jerkass}}es about it at first before they become more accepting later on.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: Dylan.
* BastardBoyfriend: Asher.
* BlandNameProduct: Alexander Sanchez, the designer who makes a lot of Dylan's clothing and even a fragrance for men.
* BlindWithoutThem: Dylan usually wears contacts, but when she loses them, she has to pull out her glasses. She tries to go without them, but that doesn't work well.
* BollywoodNerd: Ari.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The original book had references to underage partying and sex. An example of this includes Josh and Dylan sneaking into a college frat party, where Dylan later gets drunk. Naturally, since this was a Disney movie, they were written out of the script.
* BrokenAesop: In the book, a point of the story is that you can't have a relationship with someone based on just appearances if you don't really know the person you're with (ie: Dylan and Asher) Yet Josh has a crush on Amy based only on what he ''percieves'' her to be even though he barely knows her, and it just turns out that everything he thinks about her is true when he [[LastMinuteHookup gets together with her at the very end.]]
* CanonForeigner: Caitlin, who isn't in the original book.
* ConfessionCam: In the movie, the scenes would sometimes cut into the character's confession cam.
* ConversationalTroping: Dylan and Josh do this a lot.
* CoolCar: The Dylish mobile.
* CoolLoser: Averted, the film geeks can do nothing but discuss tropes present in classical movies.
* TheChick: Caitlin's this for the "Nontourage".
* ClosetGeek: Dylan has hidden smarts.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The History teacher will repeat a phrase at least three times.
* DisappearedDad: Josh's parents are divorced.
* {{Disneyfication}}: See {{Bowdlerization}} above. Also, the relationship between the two leads is altered to be more in-line with DCOM expectations.
* DissonantSerenity: After Dylan chases after Asher for thinking she kissed Josh, she does this to throw off her friends.
* DisposableWoman: The populars treat Dylan like this.
* TheDitz: Lola.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Dylan and Asher are mentioned in passing in Robin Palmer's first book, ''Cindy Ella'' (which takes place in the same high school)
* ExtremeDoormat: Dylan when it comes to Asher.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* FireForgedFriends: Josh and Dylan. [[spoiler:They even become a couple, just like they are in real life!]]
* FollowInMyFootsteps: {{Inverted}}. Instead of a parent pushing her lifestyle on Dylan, it's Dylan's deepest desire to be Blossom Queen like her MissingMom. Of course, given that her Mom is dead, we never to get to hear her opinion on that, but one would assume she would only want her daughter to be happy.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Amy to Dylan. Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, Amy bears no resentment towards Dylan for ditching her in favor of popularity and in fact, never stopped seeing her as a friend.
* FreudianExcuse: Dylan wants to win Blossom Queen because her mother did. Averted with Josh, who seems okay with his parents divorce.
* {{Geek}}: Film geeks. Both the protagonists, yes, Dylan too. Josh's Clique and even Dylan's dad.
* GeekPhysiques: Josh is very tall and gangly.
* GeekyAnalogy: A lot of the film society's dialogue.
* GirlPosse: Hannah and Lola for Dylan, bonus points for their names rhyming.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Kind of the point of the story.
* GranolaGirl: Amy, although in contrast to the typical portrayal of this trope, she is played as very reasonable and down to earth.
* GratuitousFrench: Dylan and her GirlPosse use French words regularly for no reason at all (probably to look cool).
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Dylan on Josh.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Blonde-haired Amy is one of the most kind-hearted and wholesome members of the cast. She even completely forgave Dylan for ditching her in middle school, without any attempt on Dylan's part to make amends.
* HiddenDepths: Dylan is [[spoiler: secretly really smart.]]
* HighSchoolDance: The Spring Formal Where they crown Blossom Queen.
* HollywoodNerd: Mostly averted, it even averts going into the {{Geek Reference Pool}}s (The characters are film geeks and are obsessed with actual classical movies and their discussions always center around that).
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Asher and Dylan, it doesn't work out.
* HumiliationConga: The first part of the movie comes off as this for Dylan, causing her storm out while the people around her laughed at her. [[spoiler: Too bad she didn't stick around for the rest, because he actually painted her in a really positive light.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeFashionable: Dylan's way of bonding with Josh.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Even though Dylan seems to be attracted to Josh, she's genuinely supportive of his feelings for Amy. This may be because she blames herself for the end of her friendship with Amy.
** Caitlin seems to feel this way about Josh after watching his movie.
* {{Jerkass}}: Asher.
* JerkassFacade: Dylan
* JerkJock: The volleyball team and by extension, Asher.
* LastSecondWordSwap: When Josh is carrying Dylan, he is about to call her a bitch. Instead, he calls her a diva. Multiple times. Dylan's reaction really brings it home that he was about to say something a lot worse than just "diva".
* LonelyRichKid: Dylan's Mom is dead and her Dad is almost never home.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Dylan, of course. The story revolves around Dylan learning to show her more lovable side openly.
* LoveTriangle: It starts of as Caitlin -> Josh -> Amy.
* MakeoverMontage: Josh gets subjected to one, in a rare male version.
* MeaningfulName: Averted with Dylan.
* {{Meganekko}}: Dylan unwillingly has to be this when she accidentally loses a contact lense. She tries to avert it at first, [[BlindWithoutEm but it doesn't end well.]]
* TheMentor: Josh's Film Studies teacher to Josh.
* MissingMom: Dylan's mom passed away when she was a kid. Dylan's main motivation for winning Blossom Queen is because her mother was Blossom Queen.
* {{Narcissist}}: Again, Asher.
* NerdActionHero: Josh, when he saves Dylan's purse from the fountain.
* NerdGlasses: Dylan has a pair, but typically wears contacts. When she oversleeps and is unable to get her contacts in on time, she goes to school without them, being unable to bear having the student body see her in glasses. Unfortunately, she's BlindWithoutEm.
* NiceHat: Caitlin and Ari.
* OneHeadTaller: Josh and Dylan.
* TheOtherRainforest: Even though it was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, the license plates are all from Washington and Josh is competing in the Puget Sound Film Festival.
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler: Caitlin and Steven; Amy and Ari]]. In the book, [[spoiler:Hannah and Ari; Lola and Steven.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: In addition to the {{Bowdlerization}} the movie ends differently than the book: [[spoiler: Originally, the story ends with Josh dating Amy and Dylan getting completely kicked out of the popular group but learning to live with it.]]
* PreppyName: Asher, Dylan.
--> '''Mell Shoenfield''': [[LampshadeHanging What kind of name is Asher?]]
* PromotedToLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Dylan]]. In the book, [[spoiler: it takes the entire story for Josh to ask out Amy and they end up very happy together, while Dylan ends up with some other guy]].
** The change probably came because [[spoiler: the actors portraying Dylan and Josh were an actual couple, and thus had more screen chemistry.]]
* ProudToBeAGeek: Josh.
* TheRival: Nicole, for Dylan.
* SamusIsAGirl: Josh's mom originally thinks that Dylan is a guy.
* SequelHook: Played with, Josh brings it up but Dylan shoots him down since [[{{Sequelitis}} sequels are never as good as the original]].
* {{Sequelitis}}: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in-universe.
-->'''Josh:''' So, I'm thinking sequel?\\
'''Dylan:''' Sequels are never as good as the original. Everyone knows that.
* ShoutOut: Dylan's best friends, named [[HannahMontana Hannah and Lola]].
* ShownTheirWork: So. Many. Classical. Movie. References.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Caitlin is kind of weirded out by this trope being broken when Dylan starts hanging out with Josh and his friends.
-->'''Caitlin:''' ....I'm supposed to be the only girl.
* SpoiledBrat->BeneathTheMask->SpoiledSweet: Dylan
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers made it out to be a more... conventional story with Nicole playing a bigger part.
* TomboyishName: The female protagonist is named "Dylan". She doesn't act all that tomboyish though.
* TruthInTelevision: Dylan's speech about popularity and expectation.
* TotallyRadical: Dylan's... Dylanisms, they start to rub off on Josh after a while.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Dylan, Hannah and Lola. Dylan treats show shopping like a olympic sport.
* ValleyGirl: Dylan and the other "populars".
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Amy says this to Dylan when Dylan calls her a stranger.
* WildTeenParty: Asher throws one near the middle of the movie.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Brought up in a discussion about ''FlightOfTheNavigator''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Amy has pink streaks.

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