What happens when a young kid genius skips five grades and goes to college not only as a student, but also a physics professor? He becomes a social outcast among the kids his own age and among the college students he learns with and teaches. When he sees a cute girl ice skating, he comes up with the ingenious idea to create a second alter ego. Charlie names his alter ego, Chaz, and enrolls in the junior high school where the girl, Clair, goes to school. Instead of being a science genius like he always has been, he decides to be a bad boy, because that’s who he thinks girls like.
That plan starts to back fire when his junior high science teacher plans a meeting for the class with none other than Charlie. Put between a rock and a hardship, Charlie has to figure out a way to be in two places at one time. Of course he has to run back and forth between being bad boy Chaz and science wiz Charlie.
When he’s playing hockey as Chaz with his friends, he sees a nerdy kid sitting on the sidelines like he used to before being a college student. Feeling bad for him, he pretends to be winded so that the nerdy kid can take his place and actually play. Clair notices that he did that and tells him it was impressive. Then she goes off to skate and he follows her. She tells him that she used to be a tomboy who wanted to be a hockey player like her dad, until she saw her ice skating mom one day and decided she wanted to do that. She describes her mom’s skating as “the most beautiful thing” she’s ever seen; then he smoothly says, “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” Then they almost kiss until a little girl throws a snowball at them.
A college aged student named, Mike, who had previously been harassing him decides to play nice and asks Charlie to tutor him. He agrees as long as Mike will tutor him in how to get the girl. Both start to succeed in their endeavors, so Mike gives Charlie a hockey jersey of his own because he knows he’s a huge hockey fan. In exchange, Charlie gives Mike an idea on how to beat the rival team. The coach of the hockey team is Clair’s father. When Charlie goes up to see a few minutes of the game that Clair is at, Chaz’s friends notice Charlie hiding and call him over. Then Clair notices him and calls out to him so he can finally see the boy she’s been telling him about. Charlie ditches the game to avoid being seen by Clair’s dad who knows what Charlie looks like but not Chaz. Then the Dean finds him and takes him to sit with the team. Clair finally gets her dad to see Chaz whom he points out is Charlie. Naturally, Clair is hurt and upset and starts lecturing him until he remembers he left a particle accelerator on that completely destroyed the ice under which the lab is.
She never wants to see him again. When he calls her, she hangs up on him. Then he’s kicked out of junior high school. His friends won’t talk to him either. When he can’t think of any other way to talk to them, he interferes with the school intercom so that he can publically apologize to all of them.
To make up for everything, Charlie comes up with a plan to keep the opposing team from cheating. He can’t succeed on his own though, so he recruits his junior high school friends to help him. Clair and Charlie are going to use tiny microchips to keep the other team from cheating. When they flip the switch, when Clair and Charlie move the other players will be forced to move the same way. Without a hitch, it works perfectly. Not only does the hockey team when, but as was the goal the whole time, Charlie and his mentor are able to defy gravity. While they’re in the hair due to anti-gravity, Clair and Charlie kiss. While Charlie and friends are on the ice outside, Mike and the hockey team show up and offer to play with them.
I must say; this movie was MUCH better than I was expecting it to be. I’ve seen it before, but it was so long ago I didn’t really remember anything about it. I think it’s a great way to tell kids and adults alike that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are. Weird is only weird if you don’t embrace it! So embrace who you are, no matter who you are!