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Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.
Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.
Also SPOILER WARNING.
Last night I went on a date with a jerk — err, I meant Josh Henderson. *swoon* Is it me or does aging actually make him look better? Compare his Dallas role to his 2009 role in The Jerk Theory (aka my ‘J’ movie).
Shall we get to chopping?
Triggering event: Adam’s breakup with his gf of three years really puts a dent in his spirits. When he decides ‘nice guys DO finish last’ he changes his attitude and becomes a popular jerk rockstar, not an artsy-fartsy, soulsy-soupsy musician.
Setting up the problem: Adam meets Molly, and sparks fly. Only Molly is signing off of jerk guys after her ex (also Adam’s archenemy) and she have a big breakup. On the music front – Adam has a band with his two best friends and they’re being scouted by some agent or producer guy. This guy likes their style, but he tells Adam and his band that they need variety, like more love songs. Thanks but less on the teenage wangst tracks please.
Turning point #1: Though enjoying Adam’s flirtatious banter, Molly has been stonewalling his efforts to get her number and take her out on a date. She finally caves when she learns from Adam’s ex that Adam’s jerkiness is just an act – that he’s one of the sweetest, nicest, most romantic guys at their school (and probably most of the teenage male population — KIDDING). Adam writes his first love song (at least in the movie) and he’s singing it for Molly at a party…indirectly, of course (but we know where your eyes are at, bub).
Recovering from the problem: So she accepts Adam’s date, and the two are not putting up a struggle against each other. Adam is determined to stick to his new jerk-y ways and Molly is determined to draw out the sweet guy inside. Eventually she breaks the bad boy in and he’s suddenly picking her up at the door, opening the car door, acting like a gentleman on their dates and bringing her roses, etc.
Midpoint: Molly and Adam are out celebrating their 3-month anniversary and they almost have sex (le gasp!). Adam is really digging her. A first since his gf tore his heart out with their very unmutual breakup.
Deepening of the problem: Adam is somewhat back to being a nice guy, but his friends (and some other classmates) rile him up with locker room talk about banging his Molly, ‘sealing the deal’ and whatnot. Adam starts to worry that they need to have sex, but Molly isn’t having any of it. Adam lets it go until Molly’s ex decides he’d like to take Molly to the upcoming school dance/prom, so he makes it seem like Molly is hooking up with him behind Adam’s back. BTW the whole reason Adam’s gf broke up with him is because she momentarily fell in lust with this guy, Adam’s archenemy/Molly’s ex. All in all, bad deja vu for poor Adam.
Turning point #2: Pissed off, and not wanting to be waiting around for Molly’s blow about their breaking up, Adam decides to push her away…by pushing sex on her. Molly flips and runs off, breaking up with him. Adam tells himself it’s mutual and he goes back to writing his angry music. He has a blowout with one of his band friends, and that’s when the truth comes out about Molly’s ex’s ploy to break them up.
Resolving of the problem: Adam can’t believe that he messed up, and he runs over to Molly’s to apologize but she’s still angry at his stunt. Not knowing that it was her ex’s fault, she ignores Adam and goes to the dance with her ex. Adam plus friends plus co-conspirators orchestrate a plan that involves locking Molly’s ex out of the gym where the dance is taking place while Adam takes the stage and serenades the crowd with a love-regret ballad for Molly. Molly tears up and runs onto the stage and they embrace (declaring their undying teen insta-love, KIDDING sorta).
Resolution: Adam and Molly are dating again. Adam has impressed the producer or agent guy and he’s interested in signing them. As the credits roll Adam is singing a song for Molly called ‘Molly’ or something like that, and it’s all very sweet (no, I’m not being sarcastic. Josh Henderson is too hot for my sarcasm).
Annnnnnd because the movie poster doesn’t do him justice… *fans self*