I think the part that throws people off is that the actor is just way too pretty to be believable as a dork who has no experience with girls. Surely at some point in his travels some space chick would have polished his lightsaber... That said, George Lucas' problem was that he wrote teenagers a little too well. Whether it's American Graffiti or Attack of the Clones, he really does hit the mark when depicting how awkward it is when you're trying win over your first crush and you don't have the tiniest clue of what to say or do -or worse yet, you think you know and then you REALLY make a fool of yourself. I enjoyed the "sand, it gets everywhere" scene because despite Christensen being too good-looking to be a believable space virgin, the scene hit home. He's obviously a clingy momma's boy in love with the only other female in his life, tries to make his move and aside from a kiss, gets nowhere in such an obviously romantic setting. The whole scene is constructed to make Anakin look foolish and succeeds. The fact that so many people who watched the scene didn't realize it was meant to be silly amazes me to this day. I mean, the lovey-dovey music stops cold when Padme pulls away*. They couldn't have been more obvious if both actors had turned, looked directly into the camera and winked at the audience. * Which is a nod to The Adventures of Don Juan, where the swashbuckling womanizer is about to seduce Lady Catherine as Max Steiner's violins play romantically in the background and she says her husband will be back soon, and Don Juan says "Husband?" as the violins hit the brakes.