Call it The Geek's Progress
or My Life As a Weenie
: Based on the novel by Dan Wakefield and directed by MTV luminary Mark Pellington, this coming-of-age story set in mid-'50s Indianapolis hashes over the usual youthful miseries and
epiphanies. The difference: Hero Sonny Burns (Jeremy Davies) is absolutely the most pathetic, uncharismatic, pasty-faced drip imaginable. He's not just naive and confused -- he's a world-class drag, and the book's perversely amusing conceit is that small-town football hero, heartthrob and
all-around BMOC Gunner Casselman (Ben Affleck) mistakes Sonny's miserable self-abnegation and social ineptitude for brainy aloofness and ...