Did anyone else think Carly was unneeded? The beginning of the movie seems like it's trying to portray Sam as a loser with no job, no purpose, and mean parents. I can feel sorry for him, but it's kind of hard when he's living with a hot girlfriend in a mansion. Does anyone else think so? Here's my idea: I think it would've been much more effective if the movie played out pretty much the same, but instead of just a medal, he got some money and lived in a small apartment. He'd work for Dylan because it's the only job he can get and he's hired so he can be watched by the 'Cons. Maybe here he would meet Carly and flirt with her in a scene similar to the one in the White House. Sam would still seem like a loser, and since he only just started dating Carly he hasn't moved in with her or anything. She'd still get captured by Soundwave, and Sam would still have a purpose to go to Chicago. Carly and Sam had little chemistry. He'd still date her, but most of the scenes where she did nothing could have Sam alone. For instance, in the scene where Sam is looking for Agent Simmons and fights that guard Carly pretty much just stands there and tolerates it. It would make more sense if Sam went alone, angry and with nobody to hold him back. It would also allow more closure for Mikaela, if she died it would make Sam's new relationship more meaningful, not just something after he breaks up with a "world-class hottie" who spent most of the previous movie trying to get him to say the L-word.