People who slate this movie have just never watched it. The script is actually fabulous, genuinely dorky, absurdly funny and potent. Here's one of my favorite scenes between Pfeiffer and Maxwell - in the diner. There's so much in this scene about the nature of duality, coming out of the closet about who you are and the deception of teenage idealism. In a way, it alludes to Pfeiffer's most iconic role (Catwoman) A gorgeous, romantic and very witty scene:
"You know, I don't usually do this bad in English. It's just, I've got other stuff on my mind these days."
"Can I help?"
"No, it's not school. Let's get this stuff over with."
"All right. Where do you want to start?"
"It's this guy!"
"Oh, forget it."
"I'm trying. You're not making it easy."
"OK - I had this idea of Mr Right, which was a stupid idea, right?"
"Then, out of nowhere he shows up, like some dream or something!"
"And the weird thing is that I've seen him twice now and both times, he's wearing these goggles. I don't even know who he is!
"Isn't that kind of weird? Not WEIRD weird but, like, EXCITING weird?"
"So, what's the problem?"
"Well, the problem is that maybe he's just not everything I imagined. What if, underneath those goggles, he's just some ordinary guy?"
"What if he is, eh?"
"What if we get back to the Shakespeare essay?"
"You know, I figured out what Hamlet's big problem is too--no KETCHUP!!"
"He seemed to get along OK without it.
"They never put ketchup on - even when you ask for it. How can you eat a hamburger with no ketchup?! Could you shoot that over here? Thanks. Where were we?"
"You figured out the problem with their hamburgers. No ketchup."
"I mean, you know what his big problem is? No laughs. I mean, the guy's gotta lighten up, right? Bite?
"Uh. No, thanks. Who are we talking about now?"
'Hamlet went nuts when he caught his mother doing it with his uncle'?"
"Not so great, right?"
"Well, you have the right idea. But you could've said, 'Hamlet was tormented by his mother's incestuous relationship with his uncle.'
"Incestuous relationship"! OH GOD! Mason's gonna FLIP when she reads this!!! "lncestuous." You're a really smart guy, you know that? You must think I am some kind of dummy, huh?"
"Actually, I think you're kind of terrific."