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Weird Science (1985)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 12

Hardly in the same league as John Hughes' other teen movies, the resolutely goofy Weird Science nonetheless gets some laughs via its ridiculous premise and enjoyable performances.

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Hardly in the same league as John Hughes' other teen movies, the resolutely goofy Weird Science nonetheless gets some laughs via its ridiculous premise and enjoyable performances.

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John Hughes's third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play the wannabe hipster Gary and his nebbish weak-willed best friend, Wyatt, a pair of high-school geeks who are hapless with members of the opposite sex. Using Wyatt's computer, they create what they believe is the ideal woman. A lightning storm brings that woman to life, and she takes the form

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Oct 10, 2000

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (12) | DVD (9)

Weird Science veers off into a typical coming-of-age saga without exploring any of the psychological territory it lightly sails over in the early going.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is ordinary stuff that's aged about as well as Mitchell-Smith's clunky computer.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Even 14-year-old boys may find it heavy sledding.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Weird Science combines two great traditions in popular entertainment: Inflamed male teenage fantasies and Frankenstein's monster.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Watching Weird Science again in the harsh light of my 20s was like catching up with an old friend who I had recalled as a raucous party animal, but was now clearly a shaky meth addict with no teeth.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Bouncy and charming, anchored by Hall's finest comic turn for the director and LeBrock's disarmingly easygoing turn as a self-satisfied sex goddess.

October 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Throw in an infectious Oingo Boingo title tune, LeBrock in the finest fashions the Reagan-era could offer, and intoxicated tales of large-chested, knee-happy ex-girlfriends, and you have yourself one delectable adolescent comedy.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Le Brock plays her character with a sense of style and wit, something the rest of Weird Science largely lacks.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A mildly dirty reworking of love, popularity and wild times, this is John Hughes' scrappiest film to date, but it redeems its tastelessness and stupidity by being fairly funny most of the time.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Weird Science is an odd mix of risqué shenanigans, puerile pranks and dubious gender politics. It also happens to be very funny.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Feels like something that Hughes slapped together over the course of one weed-filled weekend. It's a novelty flick, but a fairly funny one ... for the most part.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

All those who pine about John Hughes not making teen movies any more should be forced to watch this one again.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Explores some playful male adolescent fantasies.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Amusing teen trifle on its own merits.

July 8, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Guilty pleasure classic. Anthony Michael Hall's character's drunken rambles hold a shining place in the pop culture hall of fame.

December 19, 2002
Needcoffee.com

...hormonally driven juvenile dribble.

December 17, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

It's great, if you're 13, and living in the 80s, and have a crush on Kelly Le Brock.

November 22, 2002 | Comments (2)
Juicy Cerebellum

This film is so cheesy, but in a fun, entertaining way.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Classic 80s flick! Ridiculous fun!

August 23, 2002
Supercala.com

There really is no better geek than Anthony Michael Hall.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Weird Science

"Weird Science" is as dumb as it's title suggests, but in the best way possible. John Hughes, before making the classic films that he did, strted off with this film, and to me, it hit much more than it missed. As two unpopluar high school boys decide to build the perfect girlfriend out of a computer, all hell will eventually break loose. I thought this film was extremely fun for what it was, but the script was pretty lame at times. However, for that reason alone, I actually lied the movie even more. I will never call this a great film, but I did really like it. It's humour is juvenile, it's plot is just the same, and the performances by the kids are hilarious to watch. In the end, I found myself laughing really hard, so in my eyes that warrants a big recommendation.
June 7, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Another one from my past. Love this! Even though they are essentially sleazy little boys, it is quaint compared to today's movies. (Wow, I sound 100).
John Hughes really did have a way with teen movies. One of my favourite roles for Anthony Michael Hall, too.
I guess it's pretty silly, two geeky boys "create" a woman on their computer who comes to life (as you would expect...), but it's amusing and the boys are likeable.
November 24, 2013
romy861

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Kinda funny and silly. Two loser cook up their perfect woman, and she teaches them to man-up. Her loyalty to them is sweet and true. It's nice to see the typecast Anthony Michael Hall playing a confident-ish jackass. Bill Paxton as the meathead older brother is ridiculous. Young Robert Downey Jr. is douchey in a serviceable way.
August 5, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

Love this movie so much. Just really funny and totally unreallistic. But thats whats so great about it. Another great 80's movie. Love watching this movie.
October 15, 2012
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    1. Chet Donnelly: You stupid butt wad.
    2. Wyatt: Who me?
    3. Chet Donnelly: Do you know what time it is?
    4. Chet Donnelly: Uhh...2?
    5. Chet Donnelly: Time to pay the piper.
    – Submitted by Jeremy F (2 years ago)
    1. Lisa: You know, there's going to be sex, drugs, rock-n-roll... chips, dips, chains, whips... You know, your basic high school orgy type of thing. I mean, uh, I'm not talking candlewax on the nipples, or witchcraft or anything like that, no, no, no. Just a couple of hundred kids running around in their underwear, acting like complete animals.
    – Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)
    1. Mutant Biker: Can we keep this... between us? I'd hate to lose my teaching job...
    – Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)
    1. Wyatt: A missile! A MISSILE! A MISSILE IN MY HOUSE, GARY!
    2. Max: [banging on it] Yup, this puppy's for real all right.
    3. Gary: It was an accident. You know it happens.
    4. Wyatt: ACCIDENT MY ASS, GARY! MY PARENTS ARE COMING HOME. CHET'S COMING HOME. THEY'RE GONNA FREAK OUT!
    5. Gary: They're gonna shit egg rolls.
    – Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)
    1. Lisa: If you ever get the chance, shower with them. I did. Mmm, it's a mindscrambler. Hurts so good.
    – Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)
    1. Chet Donnelly: I'm gonna tell Mom and Dad everything. I'm even considering makin' up some sh*t!"
    – Submitted by Pepper W (2 years ago)
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