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Blast from the Past Movie Review – “Weird Science” (1985)

March 4, 2012

Sorry for the absence fellow readers, a lots been going on; freelance editing projects, work, work, and work. There hasn’t been a screening in a while so not much in the early reviews department. I’m sort of on a tight financial budget, so going to the movies as a patron has been sort of limited on my part, hence no review on “The Lorax” (don’t worry, I’ll review it this week though). But, I still got some NEW Blast from the Past Movie Review & Streaming Monday heading your way. I got my first Blast… email request from a young lady by the name Kristy from Telluride, CO. She wanted me to review…“Weird Science”.

“Weird Science” was the third installment of John Hughes’ Brat Pack films. Hughes favorite, Anthony Michael Hall stars, along side is the [then] oober sexy Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, with a very young & may I added extremely douchey Robert Downey Jr. (credited as Robert Downey). Writer/director, Hughes is the voice of the youth, back then at least. His teen movies had this great emotional connection to its demographic; sometimes the films were melancholy (“The Breakfast Club”), others sweet (“Sixteen Candles”), and a few down right fun (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”). “Weird Science” however takes those kind of high school movies and, forgive the cruelty, fucks them sideways. It’s unorthodox approach, it’s often looney tunes humor, gross out gags, and heavy use of sexuality makes “Weird Science” Hughes’ most complex movie ever, in my oppinion at least.

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary (Hall) and Wyatt (Mitchel-Smith), fail at all attempts to be accepted by their high school peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to a wild idea. After a night of watching the 1931 Universal classic “Frankenstein”, Gary’s brain is struck by a lightning of an idea; create the perfect woman. The pefect body, the perfect face, perfect attitude, perfect sexual desires, but also, the perfect brain. All this is conducted via Wyatt’s computer. As soon as the world around is literally turned upside down right in front of them, during the creation process, their creation is a living and breathing sex-bomb named Lisa. Lisa’s 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, leading to an all out insane party.

One of the major benefits this movie throws out is the all-around silliness. It’s goofy, wild, and a tad rambunctious. The visual effects, for 80s standards, are pretty good, not dated so much, but for what it is it works. Hall & Mitchel-Smith are the perfect pairing of high school losers. Kelly LeBrock has a certain punch to the gut style while still maintaining that seductive temptress guys want in a woman. What I couldn’t get enough of was a young (then druggy) Robert Downey Jr. Today we’re so used to seeing RDJ as this action hero who’s made a career comeback, when you watch him in this movie it’s sort of…odd I guess, but a funny kind of odd.

I think my only issue with the movie was the beginning, they rushed into Lisa’s creation all too fast. I don’t think we got a very in-depth look on how bad Gary & Wyatt’s lives are. Sure there’s the PE incident and Wyatt’s dickhead brother, but that’s all we get. I just felt short chained by the introduction of our heroes. Other than that, “Weird Science” is a down right awesome sci-fi 80s comedy classic. It’s a cult hit amongst the masses and it only continues to get more and more popular by age.

GRADE: B+

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2012 11:21 pm

    The TV series is a pretty fun compliment to the movie as well even though it came out over a decade later.

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