Weird Science

August 2nd, 1985


Weird Science

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Still of Anthony Michael Hall and Kelly LeBrock in Weird ScienceStill of Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock and Ilan Mitchell-Smith in Weird Science

Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.4/10 (28,242 voted)

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness.

Anthony Michael Hall - Gary Wallace
Kelly LeBrock - Lisa
Ilan Mitchell-Smith - Wyatt Donnelly
Bill Paxton - Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyder - Deb
Judie Aronson - Hilly
Robert Downey Jr. - Ian (as Robert Downey)
Robert Rusler - Max
Vernon Wells - Lord General
Britt Leach - Al Wallace
Barbara Lang - Lucy Wallace
Michael Berryman - Mutant Biker
Ivor Barry - Henry Donnelly
Ann Coyle - Carmen Donnelly (as Anne Bernadette Coyle)
Suzy J. Kellems - Gymnast

Taglines: It's all in the name of science. Weird Science.

Release Date: 2 August 1985

Filming Locations: Black Lagoon, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Gross: $23,834,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?

Shermer-ville was the original name of Northbrook, IL. Home of Glenbrook North High School featured in the outside school shots for Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The village of Shermerville was incorporated in 1901 and renamed Northbrook in 1923.

Continuity: When Gary and Deb are being chased by the cop, and cross the railroad tracks, the train changes direction between shots.

[the woman that Gary and Wyatt created is looking for a name]
Garry: How about Lisa?
Lisa: Why Lisa?
Garry: Why not?
Wyatt: He used to like a girl named Lisa.
Lisa: [smiles] Oh yeah? Old girlfriend?
Wyatt: She kicked him in the nuts.
Garry: [annoyed] Will you shut the hell up?
Wyatt: [sympathetically] Look Gary, it wasn't your fault. All you said was hello to her.
Garry: [annoyed] Look Wyatt, shut up!

User Review

THE 80's comedy

Rating: 9/10

Weird Science is the best 80's comedy that was ever made. I'm saying it. Ghostbusters, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Strange Brew, Gung Ho, Mr. Mom, all of these movies have their place, but none of them can match Weird Science for laughs or pure....eightiesness. Yes eightiesness is a quality. It's a corny, dated quality but one that is tangible and valued by my fellow eighties loving brethren to this day. Come back with me if you will to a time when Anthony Michael Hall was still fielding calls and Kelly LeBrock was French for sexy.

Weird Science has everything that an eighties comedy needs: A least one hot girl, a few actors who are no longer working or who do anything that will come along, plenty of dashing eighties threads, a corny as hell eighties soundtrack,(and Oingo Boingo is as corny and eighties as they get), and plenty of cheap funny jokes.

Undoubtedly the best thing about Weird Science is Bill Paxton, who plays Wyatt's older brother Chet. Chet is the worst big brother ever to grace a movie screen and is a role model for all big brothers everywhere, me included. Chet delights in extorting money and valuables from Wyatt in exchange for his silence about Wyatt's activities. The best part in the movie is when Chet gets turned into the toad thing or whatever it is. Man I love that part.

The rest of the cast does a good job of being their stock characters. Kelly LeBrock does a good job of being hot. Robert Downey Jr. shows none of the signs of future drug addiction. The film is unremarkable in the fact that it isn't anything groundbreaking or special. It's just a funny movie. And an eighties classic.

Bottom Line: If you grew up in the eighties and you never saw Weird Science then you must atone for your crimes by going out and buying it right now. Then send me an email telling me how grateful you are that I put you on the path to rightousness and eighties correctness.


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