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September 21, 2016
A pair of hapless teenage geeks create their dream woman with the aid of a home computer and proceed to turn their social standing upside down. Not a high point for John Hughes, who directed this paper-thin fever dream of a slapstick comedy after writing the screenplay in just two days. Hughes would become known for quick penmanship later in his career - he'd write Ferris Bueller in roughly the same amount of time - but in this case that efficiency leads to an imaginative premise that never really grows to maturity. Anthony Michael Hall, in something of a leading role after breakout performances in National Lampoon's Vacation and Sixteen Candles, is responsible for a lot of what works about the finished product. His comic timing is excellent, even in the most absurd situations (of which there are many). Hall particularly soars in one drunken scene, spilling his guts and making unlikely friends with the regulars in a seedy ghetto jazz bar, but that's an early climax and the film struggles to outdo it on the home stretch. Props and gimmicks pad out the rest of the ride, along with a generous dose of fresh, Hughsian, era-defining new wave cuts. Cheap and easy, but invariably charming and authentically funny; I've burnt weeknights with worse films.
½ August 20, 2016
Geeky teens build a supercomputer that they use to build a woman of their dreams, the magic trick to getting a hot and sexy Kelly LeBrock to pop out of your wall, is to put bra's on your head as displayed in this teen romp by our nerdy duo. Later on the teens become popular of course course because you see, their new girlfriend is not only sexy, she's a genie with magical powers such as freezing one of the teens grandparents. There's lots of things going on in this movie and the ultimate result is a messily directed teen flick filled with the typical stock characters seen many times in the teen genre.
½ August 13, 2016
I love John Hughes, but this is his weakest offering from the 80's.
½ August 12, 2016
Silly nerds stick bras on their heads and use their computer to build the perfect woman. It's first half is fun but the second half gets goofy along with a stupid party ruined by rebel bikers. It's an eighties teen comedy, nuff said.
July 10, 2016
Right under Ferris for best Hughes movie.
July 6, 2016
Two high school nerds use their home computer to design the perfect woman. In just one Friday evening, the boys discover how to program an intelligent being and bring her to life using a home computer, their phone line and some electricity. If this were actually possible, male teenagers would quickly give up video games for computer programming and computer science. It knows how preposterous it is and takes nothing seriously. Once their supermodel babe is alive she takes them on the town, tells their parents off, throws parties, and stands up to their bullies for them. The computer-generated woman is not only beautiful, but she has magical powers too. Like a genie, she can make a sports car appear, change the character of a room, and move objects with a snap of her fingers. There seem to be no limits to her power. With this woman, the two boys could rule the world, but they are content with just being popular at school. After creating the woman, the adventure and humor that follows does not fully deliver. It is a fun time even if it is inconsistent and lacks focus. There is no significant moral to the story and the character progression of the two nerds throughout the movie is minimal. It is just an amusing indulgence any teenage boy's fantasy. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith are enjoyable as the two teens, although writing a more entertaining dialogue between the two friends would greatly help add comedic value. This made Kelly Lebrock an 80's sex symbol, but she provides more than just a body. It is simple retro fun, the 80s at its finest.
June 10, 2016
½ May 31, 2016
Two teenage boys, Gary Wallace (played by Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), are struggling socially. Girls aren't attracted to them and boys bully and embarrass them. Lack of girlfriends leads them to try to create their own woman, Frankenstein-style but with a computer rather than body parts. Their experiment proves successful and their perfect woman is created, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). She helps them gain popularity and confidence, but also gets them into some dangerous situations.

Written and directed by John Hughes, the man who cornered the market on teen comedy-dramas in the 1980s. He directed and wrote classics such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles and wrote Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.

This is not in the same league as any of those, not even close. Silly, largely unfunny and quite juvenile. While his best movies were teen-orientated they still had great sensitivity, drama and gravitas, and a reasonably clever sense of humour. This does not. It's pretty much the worst kind of teen movie - random plot, bizarre, pointless high jinks, cheesy comedy.
May 14, 2016
Silly John Hughes comedy is much closer to his goofy and crass early works like "National Lampoon's Class Reunion" than his more thoughtful teen dramas like "The Breakfast Club" or "Pretty in Pink." Hughes mines teen fantasy wish fulfillment when nerdy Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith make a woman, Kelly LeBrock, who helps them become cool meet cute girls. Since the film is a fantasy, it does allow it to have over-the-top characters, like Bill Paxton's Chet, or have Road Warriors crash a party on their motorcycles (who include Michael Berryman and actual Road Warrior alumni, Vernon Wells), though I never really cared for most of Hughes pictures that were along these line (i.e. "The Great Outdoors" or "Beethoven"). I liked his more sincere of comedies, including everything from classics like those mentioned above to even lesser ones like "Career Opportunities" or "Dutch." Still, tire's an 80s nostalgia factor here for me, which earned this film an extra *.
May 3, 2016
This has a great story and lots of fun.
½ April 24, 2016
Weird Science: Parody of the white suburban 80's Zeitgeist.Weird Science is a pretty unique litttle comedy. Mostly a farcical sendup of the 80's zeitgeist with occasional satire on 80's social norms, it has a little something for everyone: sort of a parody of Johnn Hughes films (directed by John Huges)and the film War Games, , surreal absurdist tribute to films like the 30's Frankenstein and Elvis and Costello films, a bit of the Nutty Professor, and Caddyshack type National Lampoon cheese and cheesecake (in the lovely large haired form of Kelly Lebrock. In order to gain access to the numinous power of sex that lies just out their hands, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ian Mitchell Smith)create a kind of self-initiation into manhood through the esoteric power of computers, the phallic energy of a nuclear missile, and the streetwise confidence from entertaining black people from outside of their suburban exile. Based on an EC comic from the 50's, there's a bit of Tim Burton at work, and all kinds of ritual symbolism, served up quick and messy, fast-food style. These geeks want to become wise without turning into their shallow foils (Robert Downey Jr and Robert Rusler) or their crass older brother (Bill Paxton-who incidentally along with Robert Downey Jr. got the most career traction out of this film) Cleverly ahead of its time in its surreal pastiche, this comedy is still amusing because it is still relevant in the post-urban world, as well as a snapshot of the fears and joys of the 80;s zeitgeist: suburban isolation, black people, nuclear war, the ominous power of women (Kelly L kind of taking on the form of Greek goddess to advise the two imbeciles in the way of becoming "wise like a god" and gaining sexual knowledge. And it's just damn funny, with great comedic timing, especially from Bill Paxton and Robert Downey jr, as red clowns )(the ones who get the pie in the face), and Labrock as the "straight man"
½ March 25, 2016
Seemed quite hilarious for it's time. Maybe a bit unrealistic especially at the beginning, but most of the humor was well worth it. The Mad Max reference was great and it was also neat seeing Robert Downy Jr. during his younger career. 3 1/2 out of 5, but 4 because I did laugh pretty well throughout.
Super Reviewer
½ March 18, 2016
Remember those awkward teenage years? Well if you don't here's a work that'll fully immerse you in all those forgotten feelings of being out-of-place. Penned and directed by John Hughes it's a cross between Bewitched and Frankenstein wherein two youths fabricate their dream woman on a computer and she comes to life, complete with a full set of do anything powers. It's really bad/sad, the stretches Hughes makes, all in the name of wish fulfillment for 12 to 14 years olds boys. You will feel awkward again ... just watching it.
½ March 7, 2016
Weird Science is directed and written by John Hughes, and it stars Anthony Michael Hall and IIan Mitchell-Smith in a science fiction teen comedy about 2 nerdy guys that don't know how to get a girl, so they create a girl from the computer, managed to do so, and she helps them out with their girl problem. After watching London Has Fallen, I honestly wanted to watch something better than that movie, so since I have Weird Science on my list on DirecTV, I guess I felt the need to watch another John Hughes film, and I had a much better time with this than London Has Fallen. Anthony Michael Hall and IIan Mitchell-Smith have great chemistry together as great friends, and they get great laughs together. Kelly Le Brock is really good in this, she has the charm factor, and is really funny too. It's always unexpected to see Bill Paxton in this, and it's always a delight to see his character act like a soldier, be mean to his brother, and have that weird laugh that is very funny. The movie is goofy, no doubt about it, but it doesn't overblown it to the point of being awkward to watch, it knew to have the right amount of goofiness to it, which is thanks to John Hughes's script and direction. Even as weird as this film is, John Hughes still knows how to write relative characters that make us think that we are like those characters a bit. Weird Science isn't quite there to his greats like The Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, or other movies like that, but if I wanna see a very goofy movie with a lot of enjoyment value, Weird Science would be the perfect film for me as there's really nothing in it that was honestly bad.
½ February 25, 2016
If Frankenstein and Mary Poppins had an 80s cheeseball coming-of-age love child, it would be Weird Science. Writer/director John Hughes finds himself in an awkward in between phase of films, ditching his familiar grounded stories of teenage life seen in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off and instead opting for a quirky screwball comedy. Fortunately, Hughes' familiar coming-of-age tropes aren't gone entirely; instead, themes of sexual awakening are simply masked under the bizarre sci-fi comedy aspects of the story. John Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith make for a charming pair of leads, and Kelly LeBrock is an alluring supporting character with more depth than you might expect. Supporting roles include Bill Paxton and Robert Downey, Jr. as two sleazy side characters constantly harassing our leads; Paxton in particular is pretty hilarious and makes the most of his limited screentime. It's a bit disappointing compared to the rest of John Hughes' filmography, but Weird Science is quintessential 1980s cheese that any fan of the decade shouldn't miss.
February 12, 2016
A great combination of sci-fi and comedy, gushing with 80's delight.
February 1, 2016
A very weird story but quite funny in places, Even if it is very silly.
September 28, 2015
The 80s was a strange, strange time when nothing made sense and you had to suspend disbelief when it came to plot (and fashion). Science = magic!
½ September 8, 2015
Saw this on 7/9/15
Weird Science starts off bad and cheap and made me regret my decision to even watch it, but after the initial starting trouble, the film provides much fun and humour that I started enjoying it. It's three leads are charismatic and one real reason to see this.
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