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Spencer, playing as Johnson's Bravestone, is supposed to be the emotional glue that holds the team together.But he's rather aimless as far as moral compasses go.Fridge's big moment of clarity comes when he, in character, de-fangs a snake using Finbar's innate zoological knowledge.Realistically, he saves somebody simply because he has the presence of mind to worry about other people.At this point, we run head-long into a standard problem with brain-dead coming-of-age stories: weird-ness is considered to be an inherent value, while self-confidence is often considered an expression of vanity and self-absorption.Never mind that Spencer could probably learn a thing or two from Fridge about how to talk to Martha, or how to behave in a way that will make him feel so good about himself that he doesn't need to date a girl to like himself.Which self is Martha supposed to believe in: the scantily-clad, karate-chopping stereotype that reeks of unexamined sexist values or the sassy teen girl whose character flaws are magically fixed as soon as she accepts milquetoast Spencer's generous offer to date him?
It would be even more impressive if Spencer, the main character that Fridge is used to prop up, weren't such a bore.
No, what really rankles here is that Martha's defining pre-Jumanji attribute is her gentle leaning toward non-conformity.
What do we even know about this kid other than she hates gym and thinks popular kids are dumb? More specifically: Martha pre-emptively pushes people away because she doesn't like herself, as Bethany diagnoses in one scene.
Fridge hasn't learned anything, so why should Spencer, a character whose big lesson seems to be, "Stop living in your friend's shadow and ask a girl to date you"?
No, seriously, Spencer's lack of self-confidence is cured simply by asking out Martha, a girl who, at the beginning of the film, he only seems attracted to because she mildly tells off her gym teacher.