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Samantha James

Played by Anna Faris
  • The Ace: Inverted: Samantha undoubtedly believes it but she's really very much incorrect - bad singer, average guitarist, bad songwriter, and omni-antagonistic to her company.
  • All Women Are Lustful: She is very lewd and wanton.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • With Chris, Samantha's psychotic lust for him. Due to her abusive nature, becomes unresolved.
    • Mike meanwhile pines for Samantha who, despite snobby indifference towards the teen, uses him for gratification.
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  • Berserk Button: Defy her, dislike her or like someone else, basically anything an overzealous pop parody narcissist would find infuriating.
  • Big Damn Kiss: More on Mike's part, but Samantha initiates it after three days of Mike's nonstop lustfulness towards her.
  • Brainless Beauty: Samantha is beautiful and she is very sexy. However, her first scene showcases her stupidity and the film never stops. Somewhat subverted as she's cunningly manipulative with getting her way.
  • Comical Overreacting: Just about anything that would cause a normal person to be happy or angry makes Samantha really hyperkinetic.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Mike looks at his reflection in the bathroom cabinet, opens it, closes it and BAM there's Samantha ( she appeared there in less than a second is unknown) and Mike shrieks with fright as she grabs him.
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  • Depraved Bisexual: Implied - Samantha accidentally kissed a woman on the lips and later admitteds to liking girls.
  • Disproportionate Reward: Makes out with one of her fans as a quid pro quo. She could've just as easily paid him or hurt him.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Downplayed - her selfishness and egotism borders on malevolence and seems to enhance her appeal.
  • Exposed To The Elements: Averted when outside in the snow, but inside Samantha usually exposes as much PG-appropriate flesh as she desires.
  • Femme Fatale: For better or worse, a gorgeous sociopath. She exploits her body to promote her work and exudes a creepy charisma. When being seductive she sounds and looks slightly...scary, which exemplifies her insanity. It's safe to assume Mike's soooo not the first fan/teenage boy she's manipulated through their attraction to her.
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  • Hedonist: Samantha is very rich, famous, and self-indulgent.
  • Hot-Blooded: Samantha James is a powder keg of overzealous passion. Rude and fanatic, her tantrums are short and quick but very impactful.
  • Lecherous Licking: Samantha's immediate response to seeing Chris is to pounce on and obnoxiously French kiss him and saying she wants to lick his skin off. Then, in a heavily drugged state, Samantha licked Chris's cheek with a toothpaste filled mouth. She later Frenches Mike like she did Chris.
  • Lysistrata Gambit: Inverted with Mike - laying an intense pash on the eighteen year old horndog is what got results.
  • Motivational Kiss: With Mike. He firstly defied her demands for the first time. With no hesitation she plants a big one on him and, again with no hesitation, he complies.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Downplayed, as she showed minor interest in eighteen year old Mike.
  • Narcissist: Samantha's narcissism drives her every scene. Her "everyone loves me/it's all about me" persona is full fledged and never wavers, even at the cost of others' safety (though it's all played for laughs). Samantha's plagued with such boundless, almost supernatural, confidence in herself it's exhausting to be exposed to it. Ever the overzealous, psychopathically domineering madwoman, Chris loving anyone else was enough for her to destroy an entire Christmas party, physically assult Chris and Jaime (destroying the party injured more), threaten to get Chris fired, and presumably steal a car.
  • Proud Beauty: Samantha is aware she's hot, to the point she says "I know" when informed.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: She has a few: "I'm Samantha James, bitch!", pushes Jaime. "That's it, bitch! It's on!", assults a rude crowd member. "Forgive this, asshole!", punches Chris in throat. Parodied - Mike: "I'll never tell you aything!" Samantha: "Oh yeah?", proceeds to make out with him. Not an asskicking, but an act of overpowering someone nonetheless.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Regardless of the scene or situation, Samantha manages to make it all about her career, image and pride.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: Her strip is precisely framed so we don't see below her chest.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Hilariously inverted - Samantha kisses Mike to make him talk.
  • Smells Sexy: Implied and downplayed; Upon meeting her, Mike seems to sniff Samantha's hair.
  • Stalker with a Crush
    • To Chris; crashing his friends Christmas party in spite and letting herself into his L.A house.
  • Stringing the Hopeless Suitor Along: They way Samantha always leaned on the implication of sex towards Mike, but never really put out while knowing of his hankering is both funny and slightly eerie.
  • The Sociopath; Played Straight, Downplayed and Exaggerated but always for laughs: You won't see Samantha kill a person (hopefully) or harm an animal. Theft, arson, breaking & entering and destruction of property she'll do. She personifies all the traits; Utter indifference to thoughts and emotions of those around her, unless they can serve her somehow. Convincingly polite when neccesery but always fused in meerily condescending, god-like complexity.CONSTANTLY dawning close-fitting, sexy tops and shorts and radiating an alluring yet odd charisma. Topped with a gluttonous jealousy for admiration and an arrant contempt for others needs/wants, Samantha's quite the Christmas villain. She's also fiercely, shamelessly manipulative; Notice scenes when somebody foolishly puts themselves between Samantha and something she wants: she'll either raise her voice or, more dangerously...whisper, before claiming her insane victory two seconds later. She always does!
  • Toplessness from the Back: We see her bare back in a few shots.
  • Tranquil Fury; Mike defies her and she dangerously whispers "Oh yeah" before changing his mind in three seconds. It's funnier than it sounds.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Parodied; She'll bulldoze her way through anything that tries to stop her having her way.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In her posters, tv appearances and chronologically to the film, Samantha's pants are exceptionally tiny and tight.
  • It's implied heavily that Samantha, in her own psychotic way, thinks she's in love with Chris. Chris not feeling the same defenitly drives her to fury.

Mike Brander

Played by Chris Marquette.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms
    • To Samantha's sluty posters, multiple times daily.
  • A Man Is Always Eager
    • Exploited; Mike made it clear he'd do ANYTHING to have sex with Samantha which she shamelessly used against him twice. He was happy.
  • All Men Are Perverts
    • This is true for most men of the film but Samantha later Exploits it with Mike.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me
    • Samantha and Chris are the only two characters Mike interacts with (save for barley five seconds with his mum) and while the former makes advances on him, the latter is usually beating him up. Naturally, Samantha got Mike to betray Chris easily.
  • Badass Boast "I'll Never Tell You Anything!!" was his one such boast and due to the following epic failure became funnier.
  • Big Damn Kiss
    • After laying on Mike's crush on Samantha very thick, Samantha thrusts a massively passionate French kiss on him. It's short but nonetheless hilarious as, one second pre-kiss, Samantha approached Mike with anger and violence.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret; Mike's job was to keep Chris' location secret from Samantha. To be fair, he tried and would have were it not for the ladies insane method of persuasion.
  • Celeb Crush
    • Aside from fighting Chris, Mike' infatuation with Samantha is basically his whole character. Almost all his scenes are him attempting intimacy with her in some fashion.
  • Did Not Get the Girl
    • Parodied somewhat; Mike's ultimate goal is to bed Samantha and despite failing, receives a steamy makeout session instead.
  • Epic Fail: When Samantha aggressivly pounces on him, he originally opposed her, but after a 3 second kiss, he didn't even hesitate to concede (was super gleeful to).
  • Evil vs. Evil: Downplayed and parodied; Mike and Samantha's face off when she tempts him to discloseing Chris whereabouts. They're not typical villains, just two young, horny idiots.
  • Eye Pop: Right after Samantha kisses him, his eyes become unhumanely huge.
  • Favors for the Sexy
    • Mike showers Samantha with complements, drives her places, brings her gifts and massages her "sore" back, all in the hopes she'll put out. Humorously, Mike needn't have bothered as Samantha kissed him to receive further favors, not thank him for others.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager
    • Mike is exceptionally hot-blooded towards his celebrity crush bordering on obsession. Samantha,.said crush, exploits this trope to her advantage at times.
  • It's All About Me: Comically downplayed somewhat; "Me" means "Me leaping into bed with Samantha James" which is literally all he cares about, anything else be dammed. Ninety-five percent of his scenes are him making raunchy advances on the crackbrained pop-star or making it clearthats all he's concerned with. To be fair; Mike is at that age but his mania for Samantha had consumed him, reaching unhealthy status.
  • Likes Older Women
    • Downplayed; he's attracted to a pop-star roughly ten years his senior.
  • Love Makes You Dumb; As is the case with most teens, Mike couldn't see past Samantha's appealing exterior and was oblivious/indifferent to her destructive personality. Plus, he knew the humorous "beating" awaiting him should he fail his brother again, but he was too besotted to care.
  • Lust
    • He's an eighteen year old boy with a crush which consumes his personality.
  • Motivational Kiss
    • Was initially defiant of towards Samantha's demands, but receiving an overzealous one of these changed that.
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery
    • The scene where Mike brings Samantha snacks, magazines and flowers, his motivation was clearly sex.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia
    • For two seconds post-kiss with Samantha, Mike manages to hurriedly whisper four words before collapsing. His manic eye pop in one shot then overly dreamy gaze in the next resembles a shroom trip face.
  • Quest for Sex
    • Basically Mike's whole character arch.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Played straight as Mike's yelps are side-splittingly high.
  • Secret Keeper: It was a role given by his brother to which he nonchalantly agreed, then inverted when he gave the secret up.
  • Sex–Face Turn: Downplayed; Mike is more a neutral character leaning closer towards antagonism and ultimately fails at sleeping with Samantha. However, his attempt at being "good" is instantly over turned by Samantha getting physical intimate with Mike.
  • Sex for Services
    • Downplayed; Samantha tongue kisses Mike very passionately in exchange for information. Earlier she'd seemingly offered sex in exchange for a massage.
  • Sibling Rivalry
    • With Chris. Thier physical and verbal assaults on each other provide lots of the films comedy.
  • Smooch of Victory Inverted, very much so; Samantha did not tongue kiss Mike following his victory, but as a means to achieve a victory over him. If anything, Mike's defeat here is so big it's practically a kiss of pity.
  • Stalker Shrine
    • Not only does Mike have Samantha's poster on his wall, he seems to have them all. Photos too, which he's clearly cut from magazines.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction
    • Samantha's interest in Mike was utterly self-serving. Funnily enough, he didn't care.

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