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Geek Charming



Sweet story models positive relationships among teens.
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  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is meant to entertain rather than to educate, but there are plenty of worthwhile messages about respect and self-esteem.

Positive messages

An image-obsessed teen comes to terms with the hurtful effect of her actions and changes her attitude toward peers she once treated with disdain. Unexpected friendships emerge that cross traditional lines of social status among teens and challenge preconceived stereotypes of groups like "geeks" and the "in crowd." There's some nastiness directed at the less-popular students, but it's not excessive and serves to underscore the movie's positive messages. Body humor includes a burping contest.

Positive role models

Dylan evolves from a self-absorbed popularity queen into someone who learns to see past first impressions and appreciate her peers' diversity. Other teens experience similar changes of heart. Adults are great role models, encouraging traits like honesty, expressing feelings, and taking responsibility for your actions.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff

The story's focal romance culminates in a few kisses.


No cursing, but there's some name-calling like "nerd" and "geek."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this feel-good movie based on the young adult novel by Robin Palmer is rich in social themes about friendship, respect, self-confidence, and denouncing stereotypes. The family-friendly content ensures that Geek Charming's positive messages will reach kids and tweens alike. The main character initially treats many of her peers with contempt and calls them "nerds" and "geeks," but kids will recognize how her attitude changes over the course of the story. The teens are surrounded by strong adult role models who encourage them to behave responsibly and hold themselves to high standards. There's an emotional storyline surrounding a parent's death that occurred before the movie's start.

What's the story?

Dylan Schoenfeld (Modern Family's Sarah Hyland) is proud of her status as Woodlands Academy's most popular girl, and with the school's Blossom Queen competition on the horizon, she's determined to take home the coveted crown and seal her place of honor. But when an unexpected encounter with self-proclaimed film geek Josh Rosen (Matt Prokop) leads the two to team up for his latest film project, Dylan crosses social boundaries and invites him into the life of the "populars" for the purpose of his documentary. Josh intended his film to be a hard-hitting expose about the high school popularity system, but the more time he spends with Dylan, the more he sees her true nature hidden beneath the cool-girl façade. Dylan, too, finds herself drawn to Josh, despite the heat she takes from her inner circle about fraternizing with a "social outcast." As both the competition and the film deadline draw near, Josh and Dylan wrestle with their emotions and re-evaluate both their relationship with each other and their definition of popularity.

Is it any good?


GEEK CHARMING is very sweet, a little sappy, and superbly crafted. It tackles the notion of what it means to be atop the social hierarchy and how the pressure to conform to peer pressure complicates teens' relationships. There's a fair amount of exaggeration when it comes to Dylan's personality (at least, you have to hope that her pretentiousness isn't entirely realistic), but her emotional evolution is what will stand out for viewers. Even so, some of the characters' tribulations over trying to fit in or feeling pressure to conform may ring true with your kids, so it's a great opportunity to talk about these issues with them.

Perhaps the best message to emerge from this movie, which is based on a book by Robin Palmer, exists in the balance of Dylan and Josh's culminating relationship. Both characters experience personal growth and learn important lessons from each other, which allows them to build trust based on mutual respect. Their unlikely partnership inspires others to think harder before following preconceptions, and it can have the same effect on your kids. It's a great reminder for every viewer that things -- and people -- aren't always what they seem, and that seeing past what's on the outside can reveal a surprising inner spirit.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about popularity. How is popularity determined, and how is it portrayed in the media? Are there different levels of popularity among your peers? Does the issue of bullying affect you at school or among friends? Is it plausible to stand up to the social structure?

  • Kids: Why is it important to show respect to other people? Does everyone deserve your respect? How can your preconceptions of someone cloud your judgment?

  • What other shows or movies have you seen that are based on books? What can TV shows offer that books can't? Has there ever been an instance in which you've preferred a book to its onscreen counterpart?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:February 7, 2012
Cast:Matt Prokop, Sarah Hyland
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Great girl role models, High school
Character strengths:Communication, Integrity
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byjoannie6 January 22, 2012

I enjoyed it

The movie overall is a bit cliche, but it is a Disney Channel movie. It was cute though, dealing with the issue of relationships with teens, not just dating but also between friends and others that are not your friends. There is kissing in the end, but they are teenagers. Teenagers kiss in real life too. And Disney cartoon movies show kissing too so its not exactly a shocker. The rating of "no one under 17" is a bit harsh considering the fact that the main characters only kiss twice at the end and the biggest insult is calling someone a "diva". Not exactly hard core stuff. Overall, it teaches the positive message of liking others for who they are, and getting to really now people. Being popular is not the most important when you have true friends. I really liked Sarah Hyland in the movie, she was bratty and likable at the same time. Its an alright movie for kids to watch.
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Adult Written byDisney-all-day January 14, 2012

Fun with a slice of life

The ideas in this movie are often found in reality but are somewhat over exaggerated for dramatic and cinematic purposes. However, that aside, the overall themes were clear and important for all people to learn. Most notable in this TV movie was the value of discovering and appreciating the values and contributions other people may possess. Furthermore, Geek Charming shows that though we may be different there are many things we can learn from each other and experiences in life offer a great opportunity for personal reflection (in that we can be successful and define who we are and what is good opposed to following the status quo, especially when it is clearly socially unjust). In respect to concerns others have discussed about the sexual content (some kissing) I feel this movie is useful for parents as an opportunity to discuss such issues (or even be used as a substitute for such discussions) with their children. Sexuality exists in reality, i.e. for parents I presume kissing occurred at some point in their life if they had children. Instead of waiting for children to passively (and possibly in a negative way) interact with themselves, others, and sexuality, it is more beneficial to help children see that such issues can be positive, there are appropriate times in which it can occur, and very much a part of human interaction. These are some ways this movie can help others understand these ideas but in large these issues need not necessarily be discussed and can virtually be ignored (as I'm sure most people just saw the kissing as a realistic occurrence-you cannot avoid reality as it is the world you live in, here, today, everyday, and now). Overall, Geek Charming was a good movie that I found at times to be light, emotional, and funny. There are good lessons to be learned (that many people will encounter in their lifetime) and they were presented in an entertaining way. I would watch this movie at least one more time given the opportunity.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byfashionmodelgurl November 13, 2011

Honest Review

I watched this movie the other day because it reminded me of one of my favorite book series, The Clique. It was a little boring for the first maybe 10-15 minutes but after that it got pretty good. It has positive messages about being yourself and that popularity doesn't matter, you can hang out with "nerds" even if you aren't one. It really does a good job with speaking out that you should just be who you are and be around people who make you happy. This is more towards the end of course, but I would recommend this movie, especially if you have read The Clique. I think that's it's silly that people are saying that this movie is inappropriate for kids/teens under 17. If anyone thinks that the bullying is bad in this movie, you clearly have not either seen many movies, or have never been bullied. The bullying in this movie is basically that the "geeks" can't sit with the "populars" and saying nerd or geek maybe twice. It's up to you if you want to watch it or have your kids watch it. Remember, it is a Disney Channel movie, and since Disney is geared towards kids it must be somewhat appropriate. Oh, and the kissing isn't bad at all. They don't makeout in the movie so it's all good!
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