Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Jerk Theory (2009)

Number Rolled: 68
Movie Name/Year: The Jerk Theory (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 93 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Scott S. Anderson
Writer: Scott S. Anderson, Abraham Taylor
Actors: Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewan, Lauren Storm, Derek Lee Nixon, Jesse Heiman, Anthony Gaskins, Jaci Twiss, Abraham Taylor, Danny Bonaduce, Tom Arnold, Josh Aker, Lily Smith, Andreau Martin, Jasmine Shaw, Maria Carr, Yolanda Wood, Meagan Rudd, Amanda Garrett

Adam is a musician that knows exactly what to do with women. After his girlfriend left him in the bitchiest way possible, he learned his lesson. Women want jerks. So, he reshaped his image. No more bringing flowers, holding doors open, remembering those pesky names… it’s all about self-involvement after that moment of pure embarrassment. Until he meets Molly, anyway. Then he’s forced to reconsider his theory.

This is a highly underrated movie. If I would have judged by the nearly-bare rotten tomatoes page and the stupid cover, I would have told you I expected nothing less than an hour and half of too-old actors rubbing up against each other on my screen. Ok, that’s kind of what I actually expected, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Set to the soundtrack of a pussy (pop) punk band, this movie explores the well argued idea that nice guys finish last and girls will always go for the jerk. A lot of movies explore that idea, sure, but this movie does it while taking reality into the argument. They show the other side of things. The side that says men only go for the easy girl and the girls who want respect finish last. It’s actually kind of cool to see the subject from a more rounded perspective.

The script was hilarious. It definitely followed a recipe, but with the aforementioned perspective revision, it feels a little fresher than it would have otherwise.

I adored it, and wasted no time suggesting it to a friend the main character reminded me of.  

Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

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