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Weird Science (1985)

  Directed by: John Hughes
Written by: John Hughes
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton
Links: Weird Science on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"My creation! Is it reallll?" - a review by andy-j

So this is another in the series of John Hughes' zany 80's brat-pack movies. Familiar face Anthony Michael Hall, who plays Gary, and new-comer Ilan Mitchell-Smith (playing Wyatt) star as a couple of unpopular geek boys. One night, bored, they decide to make a simulation of a woman on their computer, so that they can practice pickup lines and the like with her. But, needing more power, they hack into some big Government computing resource, and unleash an unreal force that actually causes their dream woman to materialise. She's beautiful, intelligent (as denoted by her British accent), possesses magical powers, and is highly attracted to both the geeks. So, with the gorgeous girl in hand (whom they name Lisa), the pair set out to prove that they are, in fact, a couple of worthwhile dudes after all.

Look, there are a few things wrong with this. First is Anthony Michael Hall's haircut. Second is Ilan Mitchell-Smith's voice. He sounds very much like zany sidekick Vinnie Delpino from the late 80's smash hit TV series Doogie Howser, M.D.. But seriously, what's really wrong with Weird Science is that it is completely over-the-top but it isn't particularly entertaining. I attribute this to the lack of decent humour, which was what made Sixteen Candles (1984) so watchable. There were only a couple of scenes that I really liked - Gary's drunken rantings and Wyatt's explanation as to why his brother could not remain a hideous monster.

The whole thing sort of goes on and on and grows fairly tiresome. Of course, being a John Hughes movie, you pretty much have a good idea of where it's going to go, and it doesn't stray from the formula. Important lesson learnt and shoved down our throats, just in case we miss it. And being a 1980's John Hughes creation, there are plenty of 'teens only' references that, at the time, were probably 'hip', but now are laughable, embarrassing, cringe-worthy, and endearing all at the same time. I guess it's what made the 80s the 80s, but Hughes really seems like he's trying way too hard at times. It's interesting to see what the internet looked like back then, though. It's kinda like the start of Get Smart, where he goes through all those doors. Much more interesting than the movie review sites and rants-about-song-lyrics sites that make up the bulk of Today's Internet. Oh and the special effects were actually quite spiffy for a movie like this that's 20 years old.

Anthony Michael Hall doesn't get much of a chance to show his talent, which is a waste. The rest of the cast don't particularly stand out that much, except perhaps for Kelly LeBrock as Lisa, who brings quite a presence to her scenes. Notable also is Robert Downey Jr., only for the fact that he is credited as 'Robert Downey'. What's the deal with that? Was it only in his later years that he discovered his father had the same name as him?

Mrs Downey: Robert, your father Bob and I have something to tell you.
Robert Downey: What?
Mr Downey: Son... I don't quite know how to tell you this.. but 'Bob' is actually short for 'Robert'
Robert Downey Junior: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

andy-j gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 10 Oct 2005

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