Real Genius
List Price: $9.98

Our Price: $5.97

You Save: $4.01 (40%)


Product Description

An underrated little picture, Real Genius offers a rare college comedy that doesn't rely on gross-out humor--and a look at Val Kilmer before he turned into a star. A high school whiz kid (Gabriel Jarret) arrives at a brainy college, where the cr¨¨me de la cr¨¨me of the science students are marshaled under an ambitious professor (expert villain William Atherton). Unbeknownst to them, the kids are working on a weapons system that the prof plans on selling to the government. The star student, and chief rabble-rouser, is played by Kilmer, in good early form as a cocky genius who hasn't lost touch with his goofy side. The director is Martha Coolidge, whose Valley Girl was one of the brightest (and most unexpected) of '80s comedies; she keeps the movie perking along and never worries about dumbing down a film that just happens to be about smart people. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews:

  • Not just for nerds!
    This movie brings me back to my teen years when I would watch it alongside my brothers. It's not just for boys because I enjoy it very much still! Val Kilmer's character is refreshingly contradictory of a typical nerd. We can all identify with a young boy who discovers that life is not all about others' expectations. And, of course, there's a little bit of mystery, some good versus evil, and good ol' college fun, too. This movie is great for all the geeks out there, but it is also fun and rewarding for everyone to watch....more info
  • Classic
    Every science geek has heard the many phrases that originated from this cult classic. Kilmer gives and excellent performance as the laid back genius who tries his best to avoid doing any real work. Classic lines such as "This? This is ice. This is what happens to water when it gets too cold. This? This is Kent. This is what happens to people when they get too sexually frustrated." make this movie well worth the time. It is definitely a classic that was largely overlooked in the 80's....more info
  • Early Val Kilmer
    I could only give it a 4 star because of the hair style of some of the characters. Otherwise I love it, much better than its then contemporary "My Science Project" this one is funny, yet realistic. It's a good watch....more info
  • Quotables On Parade!
    Oh, the 80s. This indefatigably defining 80s movie definitely deserves to be on your list of guilty pleasures. Val Kilmer plays a genuis-slacker who delights in wreaking havoc and using his brain power to concoct ways to outsmart the vending machine. He attends an MIT or CIT like school and is given a 15 year old, stiff-as-a-board super genuis as a roommate. Kilmer's character, Chris Knight, takes his new roommate, Mitch, under his wing as they create a laser for an advanced class, though the professor may have ulterior motives (William Atherton, deliciously type cast as the two dimensional sycophant).

    The real genuis of this movie is its one liners:
    "I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, when he said, 'I drank what?' "
    "I want to see more of you around the lab." "Fine, I'll gain weight."

    Give it a try when Dour documentaries and political pieces are too taxing for your brain to handle and you desire a bit of clever fluff. ...more info
  • "Welcome To Pacific Tech's Smart People On Ice!"

    Prof: "Why do you wear that toy on your head?"
    Chris Knight: "Because if I wear it anywhere else, it chafes. ... I didn't what to seem too stuffy. Y'know, all brains, no penis."
    Man: "You are Chris Knight aren't you?"
    Chris: "I hope so. I'm wearing his underwear."

    'I remember the immortal words of Socrates who said, "I drank WHAT?"'

    "This? This is ice. This is what happens to water when it gets too cold. This? This is Kent. This is what happens to people when they get too sexually frustrated."

    There are so many really good memorable one-liners, as well as visual effects (re: bunny and crow slippers and an 'I "heart" Toxic Waste' t-shirt, etc.) in this film that it's hard to recall them all... and Val Kilmer delivers most of them himself with perfect timing. He seemed so natural that you forget he's acting... and isn't that the mark of a good actor. Unfortunately for the rest of us, and in this reviewers eyes his best role to date.

    Along with another '80's "B" comedy, Running Scared (I wish that Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines had done more comedies together while Hines was still alive,) Real Genius is one of my all time favorite movies, though "Genius" has a much better ending. It's so watchable. I've seen it literally hundreds of times myself. It's an intelligently written and performed little comedy produced by Martha Coolidge, Real Genius has since become something of an icon. It contains both the subtle and the non-subtle. Though dated, the script, which is very well written, and most of the soundtrack holds up well under the test of time, I think.

    Without the advent of HBO and Cinemax in the '80's that played it over and over and over, this film might have been missed by many, including this reviewer. Though expensive for a twenty year old movie, it is well worth it in my opinion. You won't be sorry unless you insist on watching mindless comedies ("Dumb and Dumber" comes to mind. The title says it all here.)
    There are lots of movies that fit that description. If so, don't see Real Genius.

    I hope this review helps you, and Good Luck with your own dreams.

    ...more info
    This is the best comedy ever!!! I don't even remember how many times I've watched it...I had it on tape and watched it so many times that the tape broke. Now I finally have it on DVD and can't wait to see the extras. I'm an 80's child (spent my teen years during the 80's) and to this day I still find myself randomly repeating quotes from this movie. Watching it can make any bad day a whole lot better!!!

    A MUST HAVE for any comedy fan...more info
  • Val Kilmer Party Dude
    Val Kilmer is the ultimate party dude who happens to be a genius. Fun and crazy....more info
  • movie
    it took awhile to ge in the mail but once it got it i was very happy!...more info
  • Real Genius IS Real Genius
    Real Genius is an awesome 80's movie if you are looking for the classic story of the little guy getting even! The movie features a young genius heading off to college and having to deal with the 80's college scene. When the chips are down and all looks lost, the little guys get even! This a a feel good movie that everyone will love!...more info
  • Nerd Humor
    What others say about this movie is all true. It is a clever plot with the brainy, socially inept nerds triumphing over evil in the end. But the characters are all crafted brilliantly by this very underrated cast. Kilmer is superb as the glib, irreverent leader, but the honest earnestness of Gabriel Jarret as Mitch is hard not to like. Not mentioned in the other reviews is Michelle Myerink as the hyperkinetic Jordan who drives her roommates insane and does floor sanding to combat insomnia. She is outstanding in her role here. This movie is also totally riddled with California Polytechnic in-jokes, but honestly you need a guide to spot them. Even without knowledge of those, you have to love the witty dialog and eccentric character portrayals....more info
  • Soundtrack
    This was an excellent movie! But I', curious if there was ever a soundtrack to this movie! The past two years I've been searching for it. If Anyone knows or seen were one is. Please let me know, it would be greatly appreciated ...more info
  • Excellent underrated classic from the 80`s
    Real Genius is one of the best and most underrated movie ever made in my opinion. It is one of those movies you never get tired of watching. The humor in it is very funny in a more intellectual manner, which is a change from the usual gross out humor in most college movies. In fact seeing the pranks in it increased my interest in science.

    The standout performer in the movie without question is Val Kilmer. In the last few years, he has become known for more darker roles, but he really shows his comedic talent in Real Genius. Kilmer perfectly portrayed Chris Knight with great irrelevance and biting snarkiness. Chris is one of my favorite characters ever created. He`s one of those guys that you instantly want to become best friends with when you spend a few minutes with him. I really enjoyed seeing the relationship with him and Mitch throughout the movie.

    Another aspect of Real Genius i liked was the brillant political commentary on the government and military getting or i should say hijacking a project created by young geniuses, who never meant for it to be used as a weapon, which was very subtle, but at the same time doesn`t come off as preachy. In fact it`s still pretty relevant today. After all you never know if a science project at a local college could be the next secret weapon.

    So in closing Real Genius is a great underrated classic that i highly recommend to everyone....more info
  • Classic Val
    Do not be fooled by the cover, this is the funny film you remember featuring Val Kilmer. It is still as enjoyable to watch as ever. It is not to be missed if looking for classic Val movies from the 80's....more info
  • It's a laser beam, Bozo!! But what's it for?
    The best movies, in my opinion, are not merely entertainment. The best ones also make you think about the deeper questions in life. "Real Genius" is a triumph in this regard- it's funny, it's got a good story, there's tons of memorable dialogue, and it does make you think.

    In this film, a group of college kids at Pacific Tech are working on a powerful laser, and their supervising professor plans to sell it to the government. One thing that really rings true here is that the kids don't really realize WHY such a laser might be dangerous in the wrong hands- all they really want to do is make it work!

    And this is the essential failure of scientists. We invent something because it can be invented, and we pretend that moral issues aren't relevant.

    This is a hilarious movie, and I think it's one of Val Kilmer's best, and it really does make you think a bit. There are a lot of college kids out there, working under a research professor, who don't stop to think about the practical implications of their research. Hopefully this movie helped some of them to wake up....more info
  • This was "Genius"
    I have seen this movie several times and each time I laugh just as hard as the first time I saw it. Val Kilmer in this role was very good. The other actors and actresses were a good mix and together gave very good performances. I recommend this movie to anyone who just wants to have a good time and lots of laughs!...more info
  • Love this movie...
    I'd highly recommend watching this movie.. it's pure genius (no pun intended). It's funny (even for 80's humor). I never get tired of watching it. It's especially great to watch before finals/tests cause it motivates me to study. go buy it now!...more info
  • Really Genius
    Real Genius was the 1st time I saw Val Kilmer. He is very funny. At a school for genius young people, you see how some of them cope with their skills. Val was once a very serious student & almost went brain dead. Now he copes by being a funny goof-off. I enjoyed the antics & behaviors that are brought out of these real genius's....more info
  • Free Coffee.
    Three words: Goldfish, Jello, and Beauticians. Any and all three are strongly represented; the viewer leaves with a better knowledge of himself and the world around him. Not just a zany 80's flick, but also a commentary on the human condition....more info
  • Real Genius
    Val Kilmer is a real genius in this movie. He plays his part expertly. The movie is fun and a "must see" for all who enjoy a well made comedy....more info
  • Does ANYONE know if there is a musical soundtrack for this m
    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS A MUSICAL SOUNDTRACK FOR movie "Real Genius," starring Val Kilmer?
    The music on this film is excellent and I would love to know where I could get a copy of a musical soundtrack. Your help is greatly appreciated. info
  • Geek to the max
    Where have you been? Havnt seen this movie yet? You probably will not appreciate it, but it is one of my favorite movies of all time. Who knows why. Cheezy one liners, [bad] special effects and spotty acting by the younger cast members make a poor movie right? NOT SO!

    Its charming, funny, and witty with a plot only a geek could savor. Enjoy!...more info

  • Rare laserdiscs-dvds Movies Collector.
    Real Genius's one of my 80s greatest movies,'tis A Must See for Val Kilmer's wont regret it :))))

    ...more info
  • You must buy this film - it's a moral imperative
    "Real Genius" is a story about Mitch Taylor (Played wonderfully by Gabe Jarret), a 15 year old genius who is accepted to Pacific Tech (Cal tech) for the winter term, the only student ever admitted for the winter term, whose Laser ideas on fluorescent compounds are the most original Professor Jerry Hathaway (played wonderfully smug by William Atherton) has ever seen. All Mitch really wants, other than to do his work is to be accepted by his peers. He meets Chris Knight (Val Kilmer at his best) a genius like Mitch who becomes his friend and mentor, and a love interest, Jordan Cochran (played exquisitely by Michelle Meyrink) who shows Mitch how to love and strip hardwood floors; it's a shame you never really see girl characters like Jordan in films ("I think most guys are intimidated by me. I'm Brilliant, I'm eighteen, I'm hyperkinetic, and possibly if I stopped to think about it I might be upset").

    However, there are also the cautionary characters that Mitch meets (the, "don't let this happen to you people"): Professor Hathaway, the pompous `Carl Sagan' like professor exploiting his student genius' for his own benefit ("You took Advantage of me"). Lazlo Hollyfeld (played incredibly by Jon Gries), the genius from the 70's ("smarter than you and me put together") who lives in the steam tunnels. And lastly Kent Torokvei (Played to a perfect obnoxiousness by Robert Prescott), the brown noser, suck-up, teacher's pet, that no one likes cause he is just so annoying and will stab you in the back if given the chance. These are the obstacles and lessons Mitch must over come if he wants to make it at Pacific Tech.... and in life.

    "Citizen Kane" is the film that I tell everyone is my favorite (Or "Woman of the Dunes" if I feel like being esoteric), but secretly, it is "Real Genius". Hands down one of the best comedies with the best lines, I actually like watching this movie with closed-captioning on, there are some lines you don't hear but show up on the closed captioning. Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but this film has been incredibly influential to me and my life -- strange, huh? But with characters like Chris Knight ("he's a Legend in the National Physics Club"), Mitch Taylor ("You know they stuffed me in a mail box in high school, did I tell you that?"), Lazlo ("You want to borrow my Pajamas?"), Ick ("Now if we can only keep it from exploding"), Jordan ("Do you have a bed, cause if you didn't I was going to make you one"), Kent ("I'm not insane... or am I?"), and Professor Hathaway ("Hi, I'm Jerry Hathaway with 'Everything'"); it's almost like some bizarre Beckett play that seems just funny on top but is tremendously meaningful and profoundly insightful underneath. I'd recommend this film to everyone: family members, friends, in-laws, out-laws, and random strangers on the street.

    Don't blame me if I sound crazy (blame the voices in my head) but this film is strangely addicting. It's a good day when this movie is on, and recently, it has been on at least 10 times a month; which I try to watch all 10 times. I know what you are thinking, but don't judge me until you've watched this film (or, hopefully, bought it); with all its' great lines, characters, settings and pathos.

    The Greatest Quotes:

    Jordan: I never sleep, I don't know why. I had a roommate and I drove her nuts, I mean really nuts, they had to take her away in an ambulance and everything. But she's okay now, but she had to transfer to an easier school, but I don't know if that had anything to do with being my fault. But listen, if you ever need to talk or you need help studying just let me know, 'cause I'm just a couple doors down from you guys and I never sleep, okay?

    Chris Knight: If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want... Well, that's where you're right. But - and I am only saying this because I care - there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.

    Kent: You're all a bunch of degenerates.
    Chris Knight: Oh, really? Well, what about that time I found you naked with that bowl of Jell-O?
    Kent: You did not.
    Chris Knight: This is true.
    Kent: Yeah, well I was hot and I was hungry.

    And drum roll Please, the Best quote is:

    Mitch: The weirdest thing just happened to me.
    Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
    Mitch: No...
    Chris Knight: Why, am I the only one who has that dream?

    Well, now I have that dream too -- and I like it!

    Maybe you will too?
    ...more info
  • Jiffy Pop
    The imagination and quality of Hollywood movies in the early and mid 80's had regressed back to the pre "Bonnie and Clyde" days (the early and mid-60's being the worst ever period of American movie-making).

    Fortunately there were a few gems like "Real Genius" to sustain audiences. Any film that features a memorable moment like Deborah Foreman's articulation of her standards for a male companion, a memorable character like Michelle Meyrink's hyper-kinetic Jordon, and the memorable sight of a house exploding from the force of a giant Jiffy Pop container can never be forgotten.

    And who doesn't feel good just watching the neighborhood kids play in a mountain of popcorn to the sound of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World".

    Although "Real Genius" has not totally escaped the ravages of the past 20 years, it has held up reasonably well. Now it can even be appreciated as a sort of time capsule, demonstrating rather strikingly the complete computerization of the applied sciences that has occurred during the relatively short time period since its 1985 release. Other than Kent's incidental use of an early computer in his dorm room and a mostly decorative monitor in the lab, these now essential machines are essentially absent from this techno film. Amazing!

    Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child....more info
  • Never Gets Old
    This could have been a complete disaster. I think only the creative casting of some very talented actors and the fact that it is a light-hearted romp of a comedy keeps it from nose-diving into the contrived climax. It's occasionally corny, but fun. Oddly, it doesn't seem too dated. There are period references, but can easily taken in historical context. I was probably 17 when I first watched Real Genius, probably at a hotel or at a friend's house on cable. I can say that this movie has withstood the test of time for me. It's as funny today as it was then. Michelle Meyrink is an excellent counterpoint to the typical bimbos in teen movies. I'd have like to see her in some more films. Val Kilmer must have been trying to break into Hollywood here. He's really the movie's heart. Don't expect A Beautiful Mind here, but played back-to-back with Weird Science would be a great 80's retro geek fest....more info
  • Good movie for the 80's nostalgist
    I remeber watching this movie in the 80's remebering it as Val Kilmers platform to stardom, I always wondered what happened to the little dude in the movie.Then sex and the city came out and everybody was talking about Sara Jessica Parker, I honestly think that little dude is a pre-op Sara Jessica Parker, the faces are identical! And where did that little guy go? So anyways I like this movie escecially for the popcorn scene at the end, but now I can't share any of my friend's "fondness" for Sara Jessica Parker. He's a She....more info
  • Best 80's Movie!
    This movie is absolutely the best movie of the 80's! At least for the coming of age movies (or whatever they are called). Kilmer is hilarious in it and the rest of the cast is just as good! Definetly recommend it for anyone of any age!...more info
  • From the wonderful folks at...Cliff Notes science
    To balance the reviewers who never heard of radio or George S. Kaufman, this is a no-brainer, flat-out cult movie. Period. The film that haunts Val Kilmer in his pin-up phase. Okay, nerds have their night-out, too, but how many times do you have to say that? Reagan's "Star Wars" theory gets its parody here, but it never reaches the heights of "War Games" seriosness. Overblown, over-acted characters, stiffen this superficial take on science, with short interludes of human sensitivity, not enough to save this from the scrap heap of 80's Failures-to- achieve.It starts as a "War Games"hybrid, then segues into "Animal House," when a lone ingenue steals the farce with touching humanness, then it scoots forward for the revenge of the nerds.This is simply a patchwork of other work. Had the writer known anything about Richard Feynmann's life, these stressed-out nerds could have been grounded in truth instead of ludicrousness. Minor scenes, minor characters beg for exploration, but under pressure, the characters "get even" by being predictable. I subtracted 3 stars for being derivative instead of original....more info
  • Getting even
    Geniuses don't have to be stuffy or boring. Val Kilmer plays a wacky cut up who still manages to be brilliant. The story wraps around a quest to build an extremely powerful and portable laser under the direction of an egomaniac. Once the laser was achieved, the brilliant minds discovered that they were duped. The only thing left to do was get even. It was a moral imperative....more info
  • One of the best movies ever!
    Okay, we have two main stars and they happen to be geeks, one geek ... one guy is an up and comer named Mitch (It's been awhile since I've seen it but oh how I love this movie) and the other is named Chris. Mitch is pretty smart, and he looks and acts the part. A classic definition of the word (GEEK)! While Chris looks and acts nothing like the part but he's smarter then Mitch!

    Their main job is to build this laser see. (The equations are wrong by the way) and Mike in failure comes up with the perfect solution but it's not really about the laser, there is so much more to this story. There is love, there is revenge, there is learning to fit in and most importantly, don't take things too seriously.

    After seeing this movie, I try to ask myself the question. "WHAT WOULD Chris DO!" or WWMD for short!

    Here is a sample of the funniest scene in this whole movie (my humble opinion)

    Chris: After leading the gang to a beautian party

    Look around, they are from juilet school of beauty!

    Nameless guy/ Geek friend one:

    They are beautians?


    Yes, look ... Given the type of guys you are and the lives that you lead ... This maybe your only chance to have ... SEX, ever!

    and everybody goes and joins the party!

    But there is more in store if you buy this movie, believe it!...more info
  • Real Genius
    Great movie I like the last few scenes with the giant pop corn popper. It is a really funny movie....more info
  • I bought the DVD to replace the VHS version
    It's a great movie. I had always hoped that it would come out on DVD to take advantage of the enhanced SOUND & VIDEO qualities of DVDs in my home theater system. Alas the DVD looks like it was copied from the VHS tape. There is NO performance increase. The only advantage is the storage space saved in my library. ...more info
  • The Official Movie Soundtrack Listing from the Credits
    The Official Movie Soundtrack Listing from the Credits:

    1. All She Wants to do is Dance - Don Henley
    2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
    3. I'm Falling - The Comsat Angels
    4. Number One - Chas Jankel
    5. One Night Love Affair - Bryan Adams
    6. Pleasure Seekers - The System
    7. Standing in Line - The Textones
    8. Summertime Girls - Yesterday and Today (Y & T)
    9. The Tuff Do What? - Tonio K.
    10. The Walls Come Down - The Call
    11. You're the Only Love - Paul Hyde and the Payolas
    12. You Took Advantage of Me - Carmen McRae

    This ST doesnt exist for sale that I know of, but you can always round up, each song individually, and put it together yourself. The most memorable of songs for me, is the last track in the movie, from the popcorn scene. track 2 on my listing 2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears, which is on tears for fears 2nd album i believe called,
    Songs From the Big Chair,
    which you can actually buy, and listen to part of right here, check it out, im getting the cd right now, it seems like it would be a good cd. ~Chad Bling Aim:Masonice2k4...more info
  • Real Genius
    Val Kilmer is terrific in this early comedy, as he shows that he can play eccentric very well....more info
  • A must see!!!
    This is such a great movie. It's a very 80's movie, but who doesn't like them. There are some sexual conintations, but their not too bad. And who can forget the guy who lives in the dorm closet?...more info
  • A 1980's cult comedy classic...
    The breakout film for Val Kilmer's career, Real Genius is one of the first films to portray the "nerd" as someone cool rather than as the taped-glasses, plaid pants clich¨¦ that dominated most of the 1980s. Evolving over time into a cult classic, this can be classified as more of a generational film. Most of the people I know who grew up in the 1980s have seen it. As such, it meets the criteria to be defined as a must see movie...

    When fourteen-year-old Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) receives entrance into a highly prestigious college program at Pacific Tech, he's put to work by his mentor Professor Jerry Hathaway (William Atherton) on a highly experimental and difficult project - the development of a specific type of laser. But Mitch's studies are hindered by his more laid back roommate, Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), who would rather use his genius brain to have fun rather than be used by people. Explaining that he used to be just like Mitch, he one day learned that you can't through all of life with your nose in a book.

    Garnering great influence with Mitch, Chris and the rest of the students engage in some crafty shenanigans (such as turning the dorm room floor to ice - ice that turns from solid to liquid). But Chris and Mitch are foiled by the Prof. Hathaway kiss-up, loser Kent Torokvei (Robert Prescott) who is always shadowing their activities and telling Hathaway. When Mitch meets up with Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) at an auditorium where the orchestra pit has been turned into a pool, the two develop a romance. But the party is crashed by Hathaway who threatens to send Mitch home.

    With the military applying pressure on Hathaway to complete the laser project, he threatens to fail Chris. With Chris and Mitch working around the clock, the project makes great progress. But the team has to enlist the help of Lazlo Hollyfeld (Jon Gries), an eccentric former student who lives in their closet, before they make the breakthrough discovery that gives them an operational laser.

    Celebrating out on the town, the team ponders the implications of the laser they have created. Realizing that it will be used for assassinations, they run back to lab only to find the laser missing. When they unleash a plan to get revenge on Prof. Hathaway, Kent and the professor's house become part of a great popcorn experiment...

    Rife with a number of hilarious scenes, one of the more hilarious is when Mitch, Chris, Jordan, and their friend Ick gas Kent and insert a microphone in his mouth. They then speak to Kent, pretending to be God. The entire movie is worth that scene alone, but there are countless others in this popular teen classic. If you like clever comedy, Real Genius is one film that can't miss...

    The DVD Report...more info
  • Real Genius
    I like shows with Val Kilmer and this was no exception. I like seening it everytime I watch it....more info
  • Genius of a film, but keep ad libs that follow the story
    The cast is fine in this smart comedy where 15 year old Gabe Jarrett comes to college to participate in a science project, not knowing its director(William Atherton) is using it to develop a secret weapon for the government. This lazer weapon can hit a human target from outer space.
    I found some of the sexist humor to be distracting, i.e. one of the science students in the lab tells the other guys, "Let's go, girls!" and at the weapons testing site a female general commands attention from the brass who are running the project. Humor is welcome if it seems to have something to do with what is going on in the scene. Special effects and the hilarious popcorn scene were all worth watching again. Debbie Foreman from "Valley Girl" has a bit part and seems to have been taken off the major studio casting call list when she refused to wear a few less clothes....more info
  • Great smart comedy
    This is a must for any Val Kilmer fan! I purchased this on VHS in the mid-80's then finally gave in to the inevitable and got the DVD.

    This is a smart little comedy that shows how a kid genius can grow into a cynical but still extremely smart student that learns how to work the system in a prestigious technical institute to the chagrin of his fellow classmates and disappointment of his snobby professor. William Atherton nails his role as the professor with a God complex as does the actor who plays ultra-preppy suck-up student Kent.

    Although the technical references in this movie may be a bit dated now for those hi-tech geeks out there, the movie holds up very well for what it was intended to be and the message it makes. It is also fun to see how "smart people" act when they have some free time in between classes and studying as well as what happens to one particular former burned out student (Lazlo) who became a little insane with his obsessive knowledge and lives below the school in the steam tunnels plotting his revenge on society.

    Kilmer's deadpan comedy and antics alone are worth watching....more info
  • *Great 80's Movie!*
    Yes,it's one of those 1980 movies.I love them.This is a very good one indeed.Smart and funny.Anyone who enjoys the 80's movies will enjoy this.It was great seeing Val Kilmer in this.Watch it and enjoy....more info