The scene: the cafeteria of a typical suburban high school, 1988. The camera pulls in close on a young Rivers Cuomo, a sensitive, frail, artistic boy with a tender and delicate soul. He is a secretive little enigma/poet who writes elliptical love songs to the unnamed girl of his dreams. Hunched over his spiral notebook, he is all but invisible in the crush of students. But today will be different. Today he will be recognized for his special nature.Palms sweating, mouth dry, argyle sweater-vest iron-lung-tight enough to keep his breathing shallow and rapid, Rivers approaches her from behind. He mentally runs through his 800-plus-page songbook, rejecting all his previous work. Today he will speak from the heart, letting the words of love and longing pour forth untamed. His eyes dewy with anxious fuzzy yearning, he clears his throat, and she turns towards him, seeing him, really seeing him for the first time, with his tousled hair and smudged... More >>>