From Sneaky Kid to Comic Creep

Mike White's father says one of his son's big cinematic influences is Woody Allen. It makes sense. Like Allen, the screenwriter acts in his movies and usually plays one of the film's creepiest characters. But in White's case, the creepiness is intentional. In Chuck & Buck (2000), he starred as an emotionally stunted man who so badly wants to reconnect with a childhood friend that he stalks him. In this year's teen comedy Orange County, he was an unctuous, semiliterate English teacher. In The Good Girl, he's a born-again security guard with a crooked grin and a suspiciously relentless evangelism. ("I'm...

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