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Surely you know Wil Wheaton from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) as Wesley Crusher. And before then, in the coming-of-age movie Stand By Me (1986). More recently, we’ve seen a bunch of Wheaton on The Big Bang Theory, where he plays a fictional version of himself. But, he’s not all that nice to Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and his science-minded friends.

Next up, he portrays a participant of a video dating service in Rent-A-Pal. This time around, his character is beyond nice… probably too nice.

Let’s do a bit of time travel and head back to 1990 where the story is set. We meet David, played by Brian Landis Folkins (Hoax). He’s 40-years-old, lives with his mother and is quite lonely. He turns to a dating service in an attempt to meet a love interest.

As a part of his search, he comes across a VHS tape, labeled “Rent-A-Pal.”

We see Wheaton, dressed in an argyle sweater vest, saying, “Hi! I’m Andy. Thanks for being here today. I have been waiting for this moment for what feels like forever. We’re going to get know each other. Talk about whatever you want. But more than anything, we’re gonna have some fun. And hopefully it’s the start of a beautiful relationship. What do you say?”

Actually, David says out loud to himself, “Sounds weird, Andy.”

Okay, we can give David some credit for having his wits about him. Even so, he may not be able to avoid Andy’s advances:

While it’s just a tape that David is watching, it seems Andy knows what’s going on in David’s life, advising him to stay away from a girl he’s just met, that they only need each other. Uh-oh.

Rent-A-Pal is written and directed by Jon Stevenson, marking this as his feature-length debut.

The movie just released this past Friday (September 11) and is available for streaming via

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By Brigid Brown