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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)




Critic Consensus: Undeniably lowbrow but surprisingly sly, Revenge of the Nerds has enough big laughs to qualify as a minor classic in the slobs-vs.-snobs subgenre.

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Revenge of the Nerds is the juvenile sex comedy perhaps most synonymous with the 1980s, alternating gags and scantily clad women with a power to the underdogs mentality that prompted three sequels. The handsome jocks of Alpha Beta, led by Stan (Ted McGinley), run Adams College, which means that when they burn down their house after a stunt involving grain alcohol and an open flame, they kick a bunch of socially inept freshman out of their dorm and into the gymnasium. But sleeping on cots is only the beginning of their worries, as the so-called nerds soon become the target of pranks by Alpha Beta, assisted by Betty (Julie Montgomery) and the gorgeous gals of Pi Delta Pi. Instead of taking the abuse sitting down, the displaced freshman, led by Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) and Lewis (Robert Carradine), buy a ramshackle house, affiliate themselves with the only national chapter who will take them (the all-black Lambda Lambda Lambda), and use their superior intellect to launch a counterstrike. The bespectacled but loveable geeks set up surveillance cameras in the Pi bathroom and put liquid heat in the athletes' jock straps, then draft a sister sorority of misfits (Omega Mu) to strengthen their resources. The frats quickly become bitter rivals, and the goal is to win the annual fraternity decathlon, which involves such feats as a burping contest and a go-cart race, with bragging rights (and perhaps peace of mind) at stake. Look for John Goodman and future thirtysomething cast member Timothy Busfield in small roles, and expect a torrent of nasal laughter.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Tim Metcalfe, David Obst
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007
20th Century Fox


Robert Carradine
as Lewis Skolnick
Anthony Edwards
as Gilbert Lowell
Ted McGinley
as Stan Gable
Bernie Casey
as U.N. Jefferson
Timothy Busfield
as Poindexter
Brian Tochi
as Takashi
Jamie Cromwell
as Mr. Skolnick
David Wohl
as Dean Ulich
John Goodman
as Coach Harris
James Cromwell
as Mr. Skolnick
Alice Hirson
as Mrs. Lowe
Roger Carter
as U.N.'s Assistant
Kres Mersky
as Mrs. Wormser
Kelly Reed
as Lap Girl
Fumio Kodama
as Japanese Man
Lance Lombardo
as Lamar's Date
William B. Wilson
as Tough-looking Guy
Carl Cherry
as Tri-Lamb
Adam Frank
as Blonde Nerd
Taylor Samuels
as Plaid Brother
Johnny Cocktails
as Plaid Brother
James Anklam
as Hooded Alpha Beta
Matthew M. Haugh
as Alpha Beta
Lisa Kolasa
as Pi Member
Kay Strunk
as Pi Member
Brian Lover
as Rho-Rho
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Critic Reviews for Revenge of the Nerds

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (4)

If you've seen Porky's, Animal House, D.C. Cab, or Police Academy, you've seen Nerds. And if you liked the prototypes, you'll like the latest of the genre, low humor and all -- belching, mooning, panty raids, peeping at girls and booger jokes.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

Simple-minded romp about a group of freshmen outcasts doesn't qualify for the dean's list, but Revenge of the Nerds shows more than enough smarts to deserve passing grades.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The only worthy successor to Animal House.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The underlying intelligence of director Jeff Kanew glimmers through at times, and is reflected in a couple of nice performances.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Christian Science Monitor

There is a theory that every Hollywood star has a turkey or two in their closet, so today, step forward Anthony Edwards, star of the hit TV series ER.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Radio Times

It's one of the great unfathomable mysteries of Hollywood that this unspeakably awful comedy was successful enough to spawn no less than three (count 'em) sequels.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015

Audience Reviews for Revenge of the Nerds


During the 80's there have been countless teen comedies that have made their mark. Revenge of the Nerds is a fun and entertaining comedy that has a good plot with effective humor throughout. There are things that could have been improved upon, but overall this is a pleasant comedy that is worth seeing. This is among the better films dealing with college of the 1980's, and it is a film that should be seen if you loved movies like Animal House and Porky's. At times the film does lack, but the characters make it enjoyable to watch and it manages to overcome its flaws due to the interesting characters. Revenge of the Nerds is a good film worth seeing and it is a standout film from the 80's. Although there are some imperfect moments throughout the film, the humor works well enough to keep you interested from start to finish. Animal House is of course the best college comedy, but this film would come in at a close second. There are plenty of good bits here that will surely make you laugh, but I do believe that the film could have used a bit more work in terms of the script, but as a whole it works and this is among the better comedies of this period. This is one of the few college comedies that has some of the most memorable characters and for that, it remains a classic college comedy that will surely entertain you. The cast make it a fun film to watch and it is definitely a fine 80's comedy that will entertain you from start to finish. The story is simple, yet memorable in the long run.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


As far as raunchy college sex comedies go, I think this one falls somehwere on the higher end of the scale, but just slightly above the average mark. It's a good movie, but it doesn't quite have the intelligence or amazingness to be at the level of true satirical brilliance like Animal House.

It's a fun movie though, and deep down, I think we can all relate, maybe not to being full on nerds, but to definitely being picked on at some time or another. I myself fully admit to being a nerd, but I object to being compared to the nerds in this film. If anyrhing, these guys aren't really nerds, but super mega geeks and dweebs. Or they are nerds, but they are the stereptypical kind who give us "somewhat normal" nerds a bad name and reputation.

This film tries to add a little depth but having some diatribes on being a minority that could have really been potent, but mostly come off as a litle cheesy and pedictable (but in a okay way). There are some parallels to stuff like Civil Rights, but it's played lightly and, being an 80s comedy, there are some jokes that don't really fly nowadays which kinda undercuts what parallels one might try to pull out of it.

God, I'm rambling now, and making more out of this than I probably need to. Basically this is the classic stroy of a bunch of marginalized nerds who finally decide to get revenge on the people who make their lives miserable. There's a lot of good moments, most of them really silly, but some of the jokes are actually pretty smart.

The cast is pretty good, and I really liked seeing Bernie Casey, John Goodman, and James Cromwell (credited as Jamie Cromwell lol) show up. All of the nerds are pretty likeable, but I think my favorite is probablyCurtis Armstrong's Booger- the rebellious bad ass of the group.

As I said, I don't think this film is really terrific or anything, but it's funny and has a nice knd of charm to it.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Booger: Step aside momma, I wanna see some of that muff!
Takashi: Oh Hair pie! Hair pie!

"It's time for the odd to get even!"

Revenge of the Nerds is a fairly good raunchy 80's comedy. It does have some really great scenes, such as the music competition. For the most part it's nothing but an average comedy though. There's nothing really special about it. I did love a few of the characters like Booger, Oger and especially Takashi. Those are the bright spots for me and everything else is just the normal underdog story.

Jocks pick on nerds. Nerds get upset and make jocks pay. I don't really understand a lot of the love for this movie, but, I'm not saying it's horrible by any means. I enjoyed it for the most part. I got out of it what I expected and I guess that's all I could really ask for.

It is better then watching a lot of the Late Night Comedies that come out now a days. At least Revenge of the Nerds had some intelligence to go along with their sex and drug filled humor.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Revenge of the Nerds Quotes

Burke: Let's get those nerds!
Stan: Nerds!
– Submitted by Emil (3 years ago)
Takashi: Excuse, please, but why do they call you 'Booger'?
Booger: [picking his nose] I don't know.
– Submitted by David E (3 years ago)
Booger: [Lewis and Gilbert are discussing Gilbert's girlfriend, innocently] - Big deal! Did you get in her pants?
Gilbert: She's not that kind of girl, Booger.
Booger: Why? Does she have a penis?
– Submitted by Francis L (4 years ago)
Betty: Nerds saw me naked!
– Submitted by Francis L (4 years ago)

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