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Real Genius
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Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer

Chris Knight
Gabriel Jarret

Gabriel Jarret

Mitch Taylor
William Atherton

William Atherton

Prof. Jerry Hathaway
Jon Gries

Jon Gries

Lazlo Hollyfeld
Patti D

Patti D'Arbanville

Sherry Nugil
Stacy Peralta

Stacy Peralta

Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades

Daniel Ades

Laser Ray Victim


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Neal Israel

Neal Israel

screenplay
Pat Proft

Pat Proft

screenplay


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Hip Nerds

7 years, 9 months ago at Nov 28 20:24
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I think I have a soft spot for any comedy to come out of the 80s. But to be quite honest, Real Genius is more than that, it's a good film in its own right. Val Kilmer heads a pack of really hip nerds to the top of the science echelon of the famed MIT. The comedy is as brilliant as the characters and the ensuing revenge is worth the entire hour and a half of preceding foreplay.
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Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.
Release date: 7 August 1985
UPC: 043396077348
Comedy (11), Sci-fi (6), Romance (6), College (5), School (4), 1980s (4), 1985 (3), Drama (3), Geek (3), Revenge (3), Campus Life (3), Teenage (3), Usa (2), Female Director (2), 80's (2), Students (2), Science Fiction (2), Inspirational (1), '80's (1), Popcorn (1)
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" This movie tends to get overshadowed because it came out the same year as Weird Science, which is too bad because I think this one is better."


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" Directed by Martha Coolridge Starring Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Jon Gries, Patti D'Arbanville, Dean Devlin, Ed Lauter, Beau Billingslea, Charles Parks, Robert Prescott, Joe Dorsey and Deborah Foreman "


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"May 28 "You know, um, something strange happened to me this morning..." "Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?" "No..." "Why am I the only one who has that dream?" I don't get why this movie isn't that talked about compared to the more popular teen movies of the 80's. It's funny as hell, has some good characters and it captures the style of John Hughes' movies so flawlessl"


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"Pacific Tech Pacific Tech is named Pacific Tech because Caltech was already taken, and it's the place where a campus legend and a boy genius joined forces to work on a laser. All of the students at Pacific Tech are nerds to some extent, but that doesn't mean they're lames. Leave it to a bunch of geniuses to figure creative and efficient ways to have dorm fun, from an apparatus that makes skating and sledding indoors possible, to indoor waterslide party. If that weren't enough to make your unde"


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"The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations. - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader What the film needs, instead of these familiar teen-movie trappings, is a cleverness and eccentricity to match that of its characters. For the most part, these are qualities that it lacks. - Janet Maslin, New York Times"


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"The film was inspired and based loosely on actual events at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. The "liquid nitrogen" coins have baffled viewers for many years, and are considered by many to be a goof. However the very first draft of the script shows that it wasn't an error. The thermos contains liquid nitrogen, which in turn contains a column of super-cooled CO2 (dry ice), which is what Chris uses in the vending machine. When Hollyfeld sends in a large number of "


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"I really thought college would be like this, I really, really did. Man, what a disappointment, Just a bunch of drunk idiots and no lasers. My future disillusionment aside, I still think this is a great movie, truly an 80's classic. Great cast, fantastic soundtrack and hilarious 80's highjinks. "


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" Plot: Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser. Genre: Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi Director: Martha Coolidge Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, William Atherton -----} Trailer Story: 6 | Story Idea: 6 | Acting: 6 | Score: 5 | Visuals: 5 Overall: "


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