We’ve never hid it before and we’re not hiding it now: We love a good movie nerd. Not sure what it is, because so many of them fit these rigid stereotypes that we’ve seen time and time again. We’ve got the goofy nerd. The socially inept nerd. The high strung nerd…we’ve seen them all and could probably critique how inaccurate and static these tropes are but we still love them to death.
And honestly, I’m more likely to identify with the nerd of a movie than anyone else.
Here are 10 movie nerds that you love, some of which you might love to hate.
Brian From The Breakfast ClubPoor Brian. There's being a nerd and then there's being a nerd who is so overwhelmed by the pressures of maintaining academic perfection that it drives them into a deep depression. Sometimes I wish we had a follow up movie, just to know where this kid ended up. Source: The Breakfast Club/Universal Pictures
Josie From Never Been KissedShe's the only one who really got a chance to do high school over again in an attempt to drop her nerdy past. Well, that doesn't exactly pan out for Josie but she gave it a good shot. Still, there's no shame in being a nerd and Josie learned that the hard way. We love her because she learned a lot about herself and how to treat others and still managed to crack us up at the same time. Source: 20th Century Fox
Fern Mayo From JawbreakerNerdy outcasts are my favorite nerds. But this stereotype is really turned on its head in Jawbreaker, when Fern Mayo gains acceptance into the popular clique after the murder of one of its members. Fern's weirdness never quite abandons her, really, which is why she remains so endearing from start to finish. Source: Jawbreaker/Tristar Pictures
Hermione Granger From Harry PotterSure, we got to see Hermione's nerdiness a lot better in the books than in the films, but she was still lovably neurotic and bookish. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros
Kevin G From Mean GirlsOne part math nerd, one part rap genius. Kevin G was probably one of the best things about Mean Girls, let's be real. Source: Mean Girls/Paramount
McLovin From Superbad...He called himself McLovin on his fake ID. Nuff said. Source: Superbad/Columbia Pictures
Peter Parker From SpidermanThe ultimate super hero nerd. I mean, I wasn't the only one who found him attractive, right? In a peaky, rarely exposed to the sun kind of way. But when he wasn't fighting crime he was a lovable boy next door. Source: Spiderman/Columbia Pictures
Laney From She's All ThatOkay, so she wasn't the typical nerd. She wasn't the brainiac of the class or bragging about her GPA. But she was still put into the nerd trope in this ridiculous (but classic) makeover fairytale BS movie. Source: She's All That/Miramax Films
Taylor From High School MusicalTaylor didn't get enough love if you ask me. She was captain of the Decathalon team, class president, editor of the yearbook and then went off to Yale to take political science. She was like queen of the nerds but in a way that wasn't socially inept and awkward. I wish we saw more nerds like this in movies, honestly. Source: High School Musical 3/Disney
Mark From The Social NetworkOkay, he's more of a favorite in a this-dude-is-the-worst-but-he's-entertaining-as-hell-because-he-is-the-worst kind of way. Source: The Social Network/Columbia Pictures
Who was left out of this roundup? Which movie nerds can you relate to? Tell us in the comments!