Thursday, November 16, 2006

Weird Science

You may not think that there's much to Weird Science other than Oingo Boingo's legendary title track, but you'd be wrong. Actually, no, you wouldn't. While Weird Science is a classic example of an 80's teen comedy, it doesn't hold up to the test of time. It is the story of two young men, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), who use their geek powers to artificially create a supermodel friend who will do whatever they want. In other words, this movie is every teen's fantasy played out.

The boys create Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) in an attempt to become popular and get real girls to like them. She creates a series of events that force our heroes to grow up and stand up for themselves. One memorable scene involves a gang of biker dudes who crash the boys' party, inciting Gary to fire a gun at the ceiling. Looking back now, this is one of the silliest scenes in cinematic history. These biker guys look more like clowns than anything else. The scenes the following morning where Gary and Wyatt finally get their girls are among the cheesiest I've ever seen.

Of course, this movie has to be from the 80's if it stars Brat Pack-er Anthony Michael Hall. In this film, Hall acts high in one scene, one of the earliest times marijuana use was depicted in a teen comedy. I'd imagine the controversy surrounding this film was sky-high when it came out.

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