While I am yet to watch it, several of my Japanese friends
filled me in on a remarkable tale from Japan
: the story of the Train Man (Densha Otoko
). This movie, supposedly based on a true story of a Japanese otaku
(nerd or geek, especially if obsessed with anime
, manga, or even computers/video games
) who resembles our 40 Year Old Virgin
. Knowing what the Internet is capable of
, he gets enormous help from his online buddies on 2Channel
, a bulletin board in Japan. These friends help him all the way from making the first contact with the woman he likes all the way to going on a date and making love
. My friends tell me that they think that the guy is real because they know people like him (despite never-ending speculation in the country).
The "Boyfriend School" (also called "Don't tell her it's me") is a similar story. With no A-list stars, it is a romantic comedy
that is fun to watch, even if you don't like Harlequin romance books
. Gus Kubicek (Steve Guttenberg) is a nerd who has had extensive radiation therapy. He doesn't look or feel great but his sister Lizzie Potts (Shelley Long) wants him to date a journalist Emily Pear (Jami Gertz), who is really not interested in a guy with poor manners and no hair on his head
Lizzie, who is writer of those trashy romance novels, is convinced that she could use her imagination to transform Gus into a stud. With The Swan type makeover
, Gus is now Lobo, who has long hair (apparently he got hair extensions
), rides a Harley Davidson
, speaks with an Australian accent, and instead of pleading with women, has a huge attitude that makes Emily lose sleep over him. Like most chick-flicks
, it has a happy ending.
Some think that the original book by Sarah Bird is so much better. I found the movie to be funny but there is nothing outstanding or remarkable about it.
Labels: anime, boyfriend school, mami gertz, manga, movie reviews, otaku, romantic comedy, shelly long, steve guttenberg, train man