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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)


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Release Date: Jul 20, 1984 Wide



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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



Jeff Buhai, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias

Mar 6, 2007

20th Century Fox

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The nerds perpetuate a nasty streak of behavior toward women that violates the film's general live-and-let-live attitude, and it stains what is otherwise intended as raunchy but lighthearted fun.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Comments (2)
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Racy college comedy has heart; OK for older teens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Somewhere in all the fluff and garbage is just enough heart to make Revenge of the Nerds one of the forefathers of a generation of light-hearted comedies like American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

It's got everything for this kind of film %u2013 nudity, sex, swearing and dirty jokes.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

a questionable classic at best.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source:

the best t&a teen comedy

July 22, 2006

Pocket-protector fans, unite! Some funny moments.

December 24, 2005

Compared to most of today's gross-out extravaganzas... this exceedingly upbeat saga seems almost wholesome.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A teen-sex comedy with a brain!

April 4, 2005

A low-caloric comedy.

August 21, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

It was an 80's thing.

August 5, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

The ultimate 80's teen comedy...Carradine and Edwards are gut-bustingly hilarious!

April 27, 2003

Hope for 4-eyed computer experts who let their mother's dress them.

April 6, 2003

One of the landmark tits and ass films of the eighties, and surprisingly a comedy with a lot of humor and even some heart.

April 4, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Okay teen comedy, but nothing special.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

he conflation of discriminated-against minorities and discriminated-against nerds is something of an uneasy pairing, but it does bring out the fact that predjudice is prejudice, no matter who it's aimed at or for what reason.

September 15, 2002
Q Network Film Desk

A classic example of the teen comedies that dominated the 1980s. It's not particularly smart, but it's still a good time.

August 16, 2002

Audience Reviews for Revenge of the Nerds

Of all the stupid, cheesy, outdated, college teen sex comedies, Revenge of the Nerds is definitely one of the better ones. Putting the casual racism, homophobia and sexism aside and ignoring the rape and sexual assault scenes, it's all good fun. This was the 80's, the rules somehow didn't apply.
October 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

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.
April 20, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
August 28, 2011
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.
August 13, 2011
Melvin White

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    1. Burke: Let's get those nerds!
    2. Stan: Nerds!
    3. Ogre: NEEEEERRRRDS!
    – Submitted by Emil (15 months ago)
    1. Takashi: Excuse, please, but why do they call you 'Booger'?
    2. Booger: [picking his nose] I don't know.
    – Submitted by David E (21 months ago)
    1. Booger: [Lewis and Gilbert are discussing Gilbert's girlfriend, innocently] - Big deal! Did you get in her pants?
    2. Gilbert: She's not that kind of girl, Booger.
    3. Booger: Why? Does she have a penis?
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Betty: Nerds saw me naked!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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