Lucas (1986) is a coming of age drama written and directed by David Seltzer about Lucas, a bookish, small-framed teen from the poor side of town who wants to win the affections of a classmate, Maggie (Kerri Green), by joining the school’s football team, while being oblivious to the affections of his friend, Rina (Winona Ryder).
Just because you like someone does not mean they will like you back.
Maggie: “Lucas, you and I were just friends.”
Maggie: “What do you mean ‘why’?”
Lucas: “I mean why just friends?”
Maggie: “Because that’s all we were … Well, you’re fourteen … I don’t know Lucas. There are certain people you like in a certain way, and others you like as a friend. I don’t know why. You know about science, do you know why?”
Lucas: “Yeah. Actually I do. It’s called the process of natural selection. You ever heard of Darwin. Well, the males who demonstrate physical prowess are the most attractive to the females, and by breeding with the strongest males the females ensure survival of the species.”
Maggie: “You know how wonderful you are?”
Lucas: “Yeah, but it doesn’t turn you on, does it?”
Maggie: “Lucas, I want you to be my friend.”
- Lucas (PG-13) (rogerebert.suntimes.com)