This week marks the release of Disney's 'Prom,' just in time for –- you guessed it –- prom season. It's hard to resist a solid high school movie, and this one appears to have all of the classic elements: a brooding bad boy (Thomas McDonell), a pretty blonde overachiever (Aimee Teegarden), a beautiful prom queen (Kylie Bunbury), a popular jock (De'Vaughn Nixon) and, of course, a nerdy nice guy (Nicholas Braun).
No high school movie would be complete without a nerdy nice guy (not to be confused with abrasive geeks, like Napoleon Dynamite or 'Rushmore''s Max Fischer). After all, lovable dorks have become some of the most memorable characters in high school movie history.
It's hard to pinpoint why nerdy nice guys have become such an enduring high school movie fixture. Maybe it's because they're so relatable. Maybe it's because the screenplay writers are dorks themselves. It could also be attributed to the underdog factor. Everyone wants to see the nerd rise from obscurity to get the girl!
Or it could be that lovable dorks may be a necessary device to teach us all a lesson. Y'know, a lesson about not being distracted by the dazzling good looks of popular jocks or brooding bad boys who turn out to be jerks. Besides, if high school movies have taught us anything, it's that sometimes nerdy nice guys grow up to be hunks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt or McDreamy.