At least Tobey Maguire was more convincing as an outcast than Garfield who I think was too attractive looking to be an outcast. It's high school. Everyone judges by plain appearance. If your not attractive looking, you'll have no friends. If you look attractive, but a jerk, you'll have tons of friends still. It's how high school works.
obviously you arent familiar with todays trends and obviously you didnt see he made a gadget that freakin locked his door from his computer. what doesnt make him a nerd in that movie? and dont say looks because thats ignorant and theres a lot of good looking kids that dont have girlfriends or boyfriends because people think theyre weird.
the don't need missles, the captain will just ram a threat with his own ship killing everyone aboard. Seemed like no big deal to him or the crew. They didn't even stop to think the lady might have been wrong?