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Directed by: Martha
Written by: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Peter Torokvei
Starring: Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarrett, William Atherton
Look for it at the video store under: comedy
Watch it when you’re in the mood for something:
dumb but fun
Fifteen-year-old physics genius Mitch Taylor is
the second-youngest student ever to be accepted at prestigious Pacific
Coast University. He’s
been personally recruited by the smarmy Professor Hathaway to join a
small team of the brightest young minds in physics as they work on a
project to develop a high-powered laser. One of these fellow geniuses is
the legendary Chris Knight, an eccentric, wise-cracking junior who now
spends as much – if not more – of his time devising novel ways to
have fun as he does working in the lab.
Chris apparently sees a little of his younger self in the
socially-inept, bookish Mitch, and takes it upon himself to teach Mitch
that brains can be used for a lot more than succeeding at schoolwork.
Soon Mitch finds himself getting distracted by dorm-hallway ice skating,
Tanning Invitationals -- a makeshift pool party that the physics
students have put together in one of the big lecture halls -- and a
hyperkinetic, but strangely charming sophomore named Jordan. Meanwhile,
Dr. Hathaway's getting more than a little impatient that his laser
project -- secretly funded by the military to be used as a powerful
weapon-- isn't quite near completion yet, and begins putting the
pressure on the students, who haven't a clue that their work will be
used to such evil ends.
Review A long, long time ago, before movie-viewers were
ever tortured with such cinematic atrocities as The Saint, The
and At First Sight, Val Kilmer was one very funny guy.
Just rent Real Genius if you want proof. The script, while
providing little in the way of an interesting plot, provides plenty of
hilarious one-liners for Val to show-off his comedic timing and
irresistibly cocky grin (my brothers and their friends, all of whom
watched this video at least once a year growing up, seem convinced that
there is no situation in life that can't be summed up by a Chris Knight/RG
quote.) But what made Real Genius such a great movie to
watch when we were pre-teens/teens -- and particularly, smart
teens -- was that it made geekdom seem fun, way before geek became a
fashion statement. These geeks enjoy life, not by trying to live up to
someone else's definition of cool, but by
being themselves. They make dumb inventions, stage elaborate parties,
and play amazing pranks. They're always using their brains ...
though you won't have to when you revisit this fluffy but fun 80s teen
comedy. True, I suspect you have to have a little geek in you to truly
appreciate this movie, but even us geeks like a little bit of mindless
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