Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)

Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)

TWO HIGH-SCHOOL NERDS COMPUTER-GENERATE A MAGICAL BEAUTY WHO SHOWS THEM HOW TO MEET GIRLS.Yes, that is Bill Paxton as Ilan Mitchell-Smith’s militaristic big brother. And that’s Robert Downey Jr. as one of the in-crowd jerks who makes nerds Mitchell-Smith and Hall’s lives miserable. Fortunately, this is a John Hughes comedy and our smart nerds create the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), using a computer and voodoo. Lisa is a willing sex toy, has magical powers, and just wants to help the boys get even and meet nice babes. She even cleans up. The fantasy ebullience of Hughes is given full rein here and that’s good and bad (mostly good). It’s all aimed at a certain kind of hormone-addled, 16-year-old sensibility; but who doesn’t have a little bit of that in them? –Keith Simanton

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5 thoughts on “Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)

  1. Review by for Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)
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    This DVD tries to suck the buyer in by telling him/her that this DVD contains music from the original score…which it might have, but along with that there comes the added bonus of missing lines that made the movie a classic…for instance the “If there’s one thing I know its female stats…” line is completely gone. There are others but I don’t have enough room to put them here. Not since the latest Animal House with the missing “Have you seen my rolling papers?” line has a DVD release been so disappointing. While these things may not matter to the majority of you viewers, it will to some of you so you have been warned.

  2. Review by for Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)
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    This has got to be one of the funniest movies that came out in the 80s!! Even though the DVD is discontinued I was recently watching a talk show where Bill Paxton stated that he just layed down a commentary track for a special edition of Weird Science so let’s all wait for what will have to be one of the best releases on DVD!!!!!

  3. Review by cookieman108 for Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)
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    Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are two nerdy high school guys with fantasies of popularity and dreams of acceptance. While the reality factor goes right out the window as the movie progresses, I think the core theme of the movie is something a lot of people could relate to, the feelings of alienation at that awkward age, where even minor differences seem so large and significant, and the wanting to fit in, to be accepted.In a twist on the classic Frankenstein story, Gary and Wyatt start out by trying to create a virtual woman on Wyatt’s super computer, but then they push the envelope and venture into the great unknown when they end up creating a flesh and blood woman. Their hair-brained scheme succeeds beyond their wildest dreams whne the beautiful Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) appears. Only problem is Lisa becomes more than they bargained for, giving them what they wanted, and then some.There are so many great lines in this movie, and the casting of all the characters is right on the nose. Could you imagine anyone else playing Chet, Wyatt’s overbearing, controlling, mean spirited brother than Bill Paxton after watching this movie?The once fantasy, now reality, begins to develop complications, as boys must contend with not only their fledgling popularity, but also how to explain the existence of Lisa. Matters aren’t helped any as Lisa decides to throw a gigantic party for the boys (Wyatt’s parents are out of town). Between their fear of Chet, a surprise visit from Wyatt’s grandparents, and the arrival of a gang of mutant party crashers, the boys certainly have their hands full. Will Gary and Wyatt get what they want? Do they even know what they want?While more based in fantasy than Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club, the John Hughes’ touch is evident in his choice of non-mainstream music, direction, dialogue, and the underlying themes of teenage angst and rebellion. There have been some reviewers commenting on how the movie may have been cropped, but I honestly didn’t notice. A big deal was made about how the original theatrical soundtrack was put back into the movie, but I had only really seen this in the theaters, so I am unaware of how previous releases were presented. What was noticeable was the lack of any real extras, like commentaries, production notes, interviews, or other related materials. While it’s understandable that some movies get a barebones DVD release, I would have thought this movie would have warranted more than it got.

  4. Review by William for Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)
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    Another John Hughe’s classic. It falls into the same DVD treatment as ‘Sixteen Candles’ though. It was released poorly on DVD, and is no longer in production. But hold on, there’s rumours that this and ‘Breakfast Club’ and ’16 Candles’ will get the DVD treatment they deserve in time for their 20th Anniversary! Weird Science, although silly at times, is a must-have 80’s classic with some VERY entertaining scenes. Wait for the next DVD release, please don’t pay high amounts for the used early DVD copy!

  5. Review by for Weird Science (High School Reunion Collection)
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    Finally, the big boys in hollywood have been decent enough to grace us with a re-release of one of the great teen flick’s of the 80’s. Starring a young and accomplised Anthony michael Hall (The Breakfast Club) and a host of other 80’s stars, the story follows two 15 year old teens who decide to make a virtual woman on their computer. However, things become more then just virtual as the woman they created becomes more then just a dream, and infact, real!If your a fan of director John Hughes, then this is a DVD you simply have to own. It’ll go nicely with other classics like “The Breakfast Club”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Pretty In Pink” and many more.Oh, one more thing…I’m glad its being re-relesed for 2 reasons. 1) my VHS copy is almost worn out. 2) I wont have to pay for a over priced second hand copy.

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