Geek Charming is a Disney Channel 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 Conversational Troping.
Tropes used in this film:
The Alleged Car: Josh's car can barely hold itself together, let alone run.
Alpha Bitch: Dylan. Nicole as well. Suffice it to say that two Alpha Bitches competing against each other is not a pretty sight.
Almost Kiss: An odd twist on the theme. After the dramatic kiss that upgraded them to Official Couple, they almost kiss right at the end. He stops, looks at the camera, and covers up the lens to kiss her.
An Aesop: 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.
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.
Broken Aesop: 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 gets together with her at the very end.
Fire-Forged Friends: Josh and Dylan. They even become a couple, just like they are in real life!
Follow in My Footsteps: Inverted. Instead of a parent pushing her lifestyle on Dylan, it's Dylan's deepest desire to be Blossom Queen like her Missing Mom. 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.
Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: 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.
Freudian Excuse: 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.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: 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.
Hollywood Nerd: Mostly averted, it even averts going into the Geek Reference Pools (The characters are film geeks and are obsessed with actual classical movies and their discussions always center around that).
Humiliation Conga: The first part of the movie comes off as this for Dylan, causing her storm out while the people around her laughed at her. Too bad she didn't stick around for the rest, because he actually painted her in a really positive light.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: 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.
Jerk Jock: The volleyball team and by extension, Asher.
Last-Second Word Swap: 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".
Nerd Glasses: 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 Blind Without 'Em.
The Other Rainforest: 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.
Pair the Spares: Caitlin and Steven; Amy and Ari. In the book, Hannah and Ari; Lola and Steven.
Pragmatic Adaptation: In addition to the Bowdlerization the movie ends differently than the book: Originally, the story ends with Josh dating Amy and Dylan getting completely kicked out of the popular group but learning to live with it.