If you pay close attention to the movie industry, you tend to notice trends.
For example, vampires are big right now. Any script that gets passed along featuring a vampire will get a lot of attention. Because with the movies, it’s all about making money. So the big executives are trying to cash in on the vampire craze and push out as many vampire movies as they can until the fad dies out. And if you ask me, it can’t come soon enough.
Also, superhero movies. I feel like we are on the tail-end of that fad… Spiderman is the film that made them extremely popular again, and Iron and the Dark Knight have somewhat revived it… but trust me, they’re dying.
But you know what else is popular right now? I speak of a certain character. A character that appeals to the general audience because of their likability, their naturalness, and their ability to entertain.
I am speaking, of course, of:
The funny yet socially awkward, quirky guy that has trouble with girls.
Michael Cera, Jesse Eisenberg and Jay Baruchel have made a living off of this character.
And let’s face it, we are all guilty of liking them. What’s not to like? They’re funny, nice, good-intentioned… yet their awkwardness and lack of social skills gets them into all kinds of crazy hi-jinks and makes for some funny dialogue.
In other words, they are the lovable losers.
The lovable losers that have a crush on the popular girl, yet the popular girl doesn’t even know that they exist. But somehow, by the end of the film… they end up together.
Girls that usually look something like this:
I just realized that I distributed that perfectly as one blond, one redhead and one brunette. That was not intentional. But which is your preference? That might have to be a subject of a future blog. But that’s for another day.
It’s characters like that that make me think I can be in the movies. I’m quirky! I’m socially awkward! I… nah, nevermind… I’m too good at getting girls to play that character. Plus I lack curly hair. That’s integral.
Either way, it’s just a funny observation. Here is a normal dialogue that takes place in these type of movies:
Hot Girl: Hey!
Quirky Guy: [looks over shoulder] Hey… hi! I mean… are… are you talking to me?
Hot Girl: (smiling, revealing that she doesn’t judge people by appearance and letting us know that not only is she hot, but she’s a good person… and obviously she’s single) Yeah, of course. You dropped this! *hands him a pencil*
Quirky Guy: Oh, right! Yeah! Totally! That is indeed my pencil. Thank you… thank you so much!
Hot Girl: Don’t mention it… So are you a Star Wars fan?
Quirky Guy: What? Star Wars? Oh… no, not really. I mean, a little. Why do you ask?
Hot Girl: …it’s a Darth Vader pencil.
Quirky Guy: Right… yeah, that’s just… random. I don’t know. I mean I like the movies, but I’m not like a uber fanboy or anything! I don’t fantasize about Yoda or anything (closes his eyes and frowns in realization that he said something embarrassing]
Hot Girl: *Laughs* Well, I like Star Wars too. I’ll see you later! (Turns around and immediately starts talking to her friend, who is also hot)
Quirky Guy: (watching her walk away with deep longing) …bye!
(Quirky guy’s equally quirky friend who’s less self-conscious about his quirkiness approaches him)
Quirky Guy: (still staring at Hot Girl) I just talked to [Hot Girls’ name]. She handed me my pencil.
Quirky Guy’s friend: Wait… [Hot Girl’s name] actually touched that? Give it to me! (grabs pencil and smells it)
Quirky Guy: Please stop smelling my pencil.
And that’s usually how it goes. The contact between the Quirky Guy and Hot Girl has been established, and they now have a connection to base any future contacts off for the rest of the movie. First the quirky guy will befriend the girl, then he’ll reveal his love in his own quirky way, and the girl will realize that at the end of the day, quirky and nice is the way to go.
Just like how it is in real life. Right? Maybe not.
Anyway, that’s my observation of those characters. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go purchase a Darth Vader pencil. And make some moves.