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Overall Rating
4.43

Awesome65.22%
Worth A Look: 21.74%
Average: 5.8%
Pretty Bad: 5.8%
Total Crap: 1.45%

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Weird Science
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by Chris Parry

"The quintessential 'geek comes good' movie."
5 stars

How times have changed. Back in the day this was made it would have cost maybe $10m, made $40m and everyone would have counted it as a great success. These days it would cost $50m, be filled to the brim with CGI effects, have non-actors in the main roles (probably someone from Dawson's Creek or Party Of Five) and there'd be a Billy Crystal cameo thrown in somehwere. But I digress. This movie kicks freckle.

Take the quintessential geek, Anthony Michael Hall, put him with another geek (who was so geeky he basically never worked again), throw in some tit (Kelly LeCan'tAct) and the sibling only a mother could love (Bill Pullman) and what you have is a great 80's movie.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The computer age was upon us and War Games had just shown Hollywood that, surprise, surprise, people identify more with geeks than pearly-white-infused jock pretty boys. Revenge Of The Nerds, Ferris Bueller and Police Academy were coming, Breakfast Club had rocked many worlds, the Hughes revolution was in full swing.

And thus came Weird Science. The story of a couple of geeks who, with the aid of their home computer, make their dream woman come to life sounds pretty feeble. Sounds even worse when you hear she has special powers and that they use those powers to have the biggest par-tay of the year. But the greatness of this film is it's total embracing of the ridiculous and it's cool script.

There really is no better geek than Anthony Michael Hall. After making the physics club cool in Breakfast Club, he was the perfect choice for this role. The funny thing is that after this movie soared to fame, Hall rejected the male lead role in Pretty In Pink because he didn't want to be typecast as a geek. After the success of that film, he again rejected a lead role in a Hughes film, this time it was the part of Ferris Bueller he didn't want. He was a serious actor, dammit! Which begs the question 'why did he do a season of Saturday Night Live'?

If you forget the fact that he went straight to Corey-land after Weird Science and just enjoy the film for what it is, a fun story where the jocks get their cans kicked and where Robert Downey Jnr's hair get's more screen time than he does, you'll get an enjoyable few hours in front of the tube out of the whole deal.

Bill Paxton acting like a jerk and Kelly LeBrock's career up in flames. What more could you ask?

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originally posted: 10/18/98 20:35:25
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User Comments

10/11/11 Heather Furmanek A cult classic! 5 stars
2/23/10 PAUL SHORTT TASTELESS, SEX OBSESSED COMEDY 1 stars
1/17/10 Dane Youssef Fine for it's time, but just plain doesn't hold up. TV episodic by today's standards. 3 stars
8/11/09 CTT Really crude, but still memorable stuff 4 stars
2/11/08 karen very funny and entertaining 5 stars
12/21/07 David Cohen Thought it was great as a kid, now I'm not so sure 3 stars
12/06/06 David Pollastrini boring, dull, etc. 2 stars
5/27/06 Sheena crazy...sexy....cool 5 stars
11/21/05 Frank Rountree Excellent movie, very funny, great casting! 5 stars
8/12/05 ES Loved this film, still love this film, despite Bill paxton being in it 5 stars
5/21/05 hl a cult classic 5 stars
2/05/05 peter classic 80's flick good fun 5 stars
1/17/05 Jeff Anderson I have two words. BILL PAXTON!!! He alone saves this film in an insane, funny performance. 3 stars
11/04/04 Josh Standlee Best line: "You die, she walks out of here with a severe limp!". 5 stars
7/12/04 trina aguilar it's a whacky combation of a sex pot and 2 nerdy geeks 5 stars
5/10/04 altafur rahman This film takes the hilarity and reality and create a duality. 5 stars
2/07/04 Joe Domico Favorite part...has to be the Bar Scene...Classic 80's...Fats man let me tell you my story. 5 stars
12/10/03 Samuel a pretty funny movie!! 3 stars
9/06/03 scott summer best film ever 5 stars
8/07/03 marc_ian_a Very funny ! (5 stars) :) 5 stars
1/29/03 Pinkline Jones Much funnier than Angela's Ashes 5 stars
9/08/02 AshFan "If you're gonna fart, squeeze cheese!" 4 stars
11/29/01 HM3 "Good mornin' turdbrain" "Why don't you shut up, bitch!" 4 stars
11/23/01 Andrew Carden Hall Is A Teen Idol To Me, but In This He's Just Not Funny. 2 stars
11/22/01 Mike Lyond On Dutch TV tonight. Pretty 80's, pretty bad. :-) By the way, B.Pullman is not B. Paxton! 2 stars
9/04/01 Butterbean Cool as hell! There should be a remake with Elizabeth Hurley 5 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Wouldn't it be COOL to make a woman....make 'er as sexy as you want???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
8/07/01 E-Funk It's all about Chet...Paxton rocks, LeBrock rocks, this movie rocks. 5 stars
8/05/01 Robert Lee Ramey Liked it as much as Lady in Red 5 stars
7/31/01 the scarecrow shut up Andrew Carden, this is a classic 5 stars
4/15/01 Gary GREAT! 5 stars
3/30/01 rrhunter77 Reminds me of BeDazzled with Elizabeth Hurley or viceversa. 5 stars
3/10/01 tttone69@hotmail I wannnnnt Kelly labrock after this movie 5 stars
8/02/00 Bender Hilarious dialogue really makes the film. 4 stars
4/13/00 Rita John Hughes rules. What else is there to say? 5 stars
4/06/00 Tyler Blase Another great that came out of the 80's 5 stars
2/07/00 steve layne Not Hughes' best all around teen movie but it has the best one-liners. 4 stars
4/19/99 SciFi Good flick. Run don't walk to rent/buy it 5 stars
4/11/99 Alonzo (alc311@hotmail.com) one of the awesome 80s teen movies. plus it has a classic oinga boinga song 5 stars
4/06/99 Michael Grimm 2 words: Kelly Labrock, 2 more: Thank You 5 stars
11/26/98 Mr.Pink PUH-LEAZE!!!!!!! 2 stars
11/09/98 Lord Of The Dunce A great example of 80's teen angst nerds aagainst the world comedy. DOWNEY JR WITH BIG HAIR 5 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob 'Why do you always have to fuck with a fantasy?' Just enjoy it! 4 stars
10/19/98 Johny Goofball 80s teen film 4 stars
9/30/98 {{{OZ}}} Fair movvie, but Kelly LeBrock pisses me off. Early Bill Pullman is funny. Disbelief city. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Aug-1985 (PG-13)
  DVD: 01-Nov-2005

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Australia
  02-Jun-1985




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