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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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The movie is the latest in the "Wouldn't it be neat if . . .?" school of movies.
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.
This is ordinary stuff that's aged about as well as Mitchell-Smith's clunky computer.
Even 14-year-old boys may find it heavy sledding.
Weird Science combines two great traditions in popular entertainment: Inflamed male teenage fantasies and Frankenstein's monster.
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.
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.
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.
Le Brock plays her character with a sense of style and wit, something the rest of Weird Science largely lacks.
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.
Weird Science is an odd mix of risqué shenanigans, puerile pranks and dubious gender politics. It also happens to be very funny.
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.
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.
A funny and remarkable comedy. Very adolescent level, but still a good entertainment. Fresh.
"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.
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.
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