Release year: 1985
Director: John Hughes
Screenwriter: John Hughes
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler, Judie Aronson
Inspired by Frankenstein and unluck with the girls at school, high school nerds Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) decide to create the perfect woman on Wyatt’s computer. But something strange happens and suddenly they have created a real life perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock).
Though John Hughes didn’t direct many movies (but wrote a lot) the ones he directed are some of the most beloved teen comedies of the 1980’s: The Breakfast Club (1985),16 Candles (1984) and this one, to mention some. Playing like an eighties version of Dr. Frankenstein with sex on his mind, the movie introduces us to two geeky losers, the girls they secretly admire, and the bullies in their life (among others a young Robert Downey Jr. and deliciously obnoxious Bill Paxton) before a touch of magic brings their rescue in form of well shaped Lisa with full lips and an attitude. LeBrock (The Woman in Red, 1984), who began her career as a model, is brilliant as Lisa with looks that ranged near perfect in the 1980s and manages to convince when Lisa pulls out the claws to protect her boys. From the moment the camera travels up her perfect legs she brings out the same open-mouth-reaction that hits the boys even today (though some of her clothes are a bit too eighties for today’s eyes) and whenever she is in the picture your eyes naturally wander to her. Hall (National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1983) and Mitchell-Smith (The Chocolat War, 1988) both do a good job, especially a very game Hall that particularly excells in the drunken scene at the bar. The two of them represent anyone who has ever felt left out, awkward, or uncool perfectly, and instantly gains our sympathy making the arrival of Lisa that more pleasurable. Though not the masterpiece The Breakfast Club is, Weird Science is still entertaining and not just recommendable for those who were teens in the 1980s, though they would probably especially enjoy the trip down memory lane this film is.
According to Bill Paxton, Chet’s line “How about a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?” was based on something his father used to say to him when Bill was hungover from a night of drinking.
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