Why is the buffon getting the hot chick the norm, rather than the genuinely dorky girl (ie: me) getting a superhot guy? And beautiful female celebrities wearing messy hair and glasses for the first half of the movie doesn't count.
What's the name of that sitcom where the wife is intelligent, attractive, and witty, and the husband is an overweight buffoon?
I think The Honeymooners got that particular trope rolling.
A guy like Ralph getting a hottie like Alice gives guys like me hope
Men are pigs. Women aren't. The problem for Hollywood is: how do they create a product that won't alienate a large portion of the audience on either side? If they don't give the pigs a pretty girl, they'll lose them. A guy doesn't care about story or personality, they either need big explosions or an attractive woman. Women, on the other hand, being vastly superior to the pigs, do indeed like eye candy, but will nonetheless settle for other things (a love story, a good story, an interesting character, etc.) So Hollywood gives the pigs the pretty girl, and tries to keep the women happy with other stuff. It's just a theory... but I'm pretty sure it's based on facts (e.g. men are definitely pigs).