I was just watching Fanboys. Not a great movie, but it had it’s moments. One part that bothered me though was the idea that Kristen Bell would be in any way interested in Jay Baruchel’s character. I’m just not buying it. It got me thinking, that is a pet peeve of mine. The unbelievable pairings of interesting attractive women with losers. The eighties was full of this.
Can you guys think of any movies where it’s within the realm of possibility that in real life the guy would get the girl? By guy I mean nerdy/fat/annoying. and By girl I mean attractive AND interesting.
The only example I can think of is The Tao of Steve and I think this is only because he wore her down. But It was at least believable.
The guy was attractive…if a bit dense. Molly Ringwald was cute and certainly interesting, but I never saw her as completely nerdy. I guess because she played the princess in The Breakfast Club, but it was always hard to see her as undesirable.
Knocked Up seemed believable because of the situation. Katherine Heigl’s character only sleeps with Seth Rogen’s because she’s drunk. Then, when she gets pregnant, she allows him to be in her life, and he just sort of worms his way into her affections. Normally, she never would have given him the time of day.
Clerks II. Kevin Smith commented in the credits that Rosario Dawson’s acting was so amazing, even he thought she’d have fucked Dante!
Blaze. Granted, the shlubby guy was played by Paul Newman, but he was an old Paul Newman. Lolita Davidovitch, at the peak of her babe-o-liciousness, looked about right as Blaze Starr and Newman, old and craggy as he was at that point, still looked a lot better than the real-life Gov. Earl Long.
I actually thought that it wasn’t that unbelievable in Fanboys; the way Kristen Bell is portayed during the film doesn’t make her look especially hot or unreachable (while she is by no means ugly or anything) it is only in the last scene (yeah the Leia one) where the combination seems unlikely and I think they even use that when the brother of the carsales guy (too lazy to look up names, but Roy from the Office) says somithing like : How did you get to hit that?