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Review: Not your usual geeks in 'Secret Lives of Dorks'

Review: Not your usual geeks in 'Secret Lives of Dorks'

The setup of "The Secret Lives of Dorks" may be familiar: Comic-book geek Payton (Gaelan Connell) is in love with cheerleader Carrie (Riley Voelkel), who already has a jock boyfriend, Clark (Beau Mirchoff), while fellow nerd Samantha (Vanessa Marano) pines for Payton. But from there, Johnny Severin and Nicholas David Brandt's otherwise clever and original script takes an unexpected turn at nearly every intersection, resulting in a funny and big-hearted coming-of-age romance.

For one thing, the voiceover narration isn't limited to Payton, slipping into Carrie's point-of-view as she decides to help him woo Samantha, mostly to divert the dork's attention from herself. But...