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Real Genius (1985)

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Starring (View all)
Val Kilmer Val Kilmer
Chris Knight
Gabriel Jarret Gabriel Jarret
Mitch Taylor
Michelle Meyrink Michelle Meyrink
Jordan Cochran
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


Written by
Neal Israel Neal Israel
screenplay
Pat Proft Pat Proft
screenplay


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15 years, 7 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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Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even.
Release date: 7 August 1985
UPC: 043396077348
Tags: Comedy (12), Sci-fi (6), Romance (6), College (6), 1980s (5), School (4), 1985 (3), Campus Life (3), Drama (3), Teenage (3), Revenge (3), Geek (3), Usa (2), Female Director (2), 80's (2), Students (2), Science Fiction (2), Laser (1), Hi-jinks (1), (1)
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"First viewing - Mar. 29th I wish I'd seen Real Genius when I was a teenager, as I suspect I would've loved it then. Watching it now, it's fine. There are some really funny moments, but some of the jokes fell flat for me. And there's only one female character that exists beyond being an object of desire, which bugged me. I'd also say it's fairly obvious where the plot is going, but they do enough to keep it entertaining along the way. I'm glad I finally watched it, though I probably wouldn't sit"


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