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Year
1985
Runtime
94 min.
Director
John Hughes
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Rating *
6.6
Votes *
48,848
Checks
6,306
Favs
217
Dislikes
91
Favs/checks
3.4% (1:29)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The way we're supposed to understand Weird Science, I guess, is as an adolescent fantasy. It's sex obsessed, it confuses computers with magic, and if they reference Mad Max in the first reel, mutant bikers are gonna show up in the last. At no point do we "wake up", but it's a trip of the imagination - an immature imagination that comes up with cringy moments (which is to say, sexist, racist and homophobic ones), which can be understood except that a grown man actually thought this stuff up. A 25-year-old woman macking on 16-year-old actors (who are supposed to be 14-15 in the story) is... unpleasant to watch. My vague memory of the movie was that it took place in college, but no, high school freshmen. And while I give I freely gives points to a movie that indulges in the bizarre - the boys' computer basically breaks the universe, complete with Crisis in Infinite Earths red skies and a quantum genie to help them through puberty, among other weird effects - I take almost as many away for some of the broad comedy. Why is Anthony Michael Hall doing voices? And though I know some people feel this is peak Bill Paxton, he's just the cartoon extreme of a repellent character. If it works at all - and I will venture that it does - it's thanks to Kelly LeBrock, who not only looks the part, but is so confident, so impish, so damn KIND, that she sells her role as a guide in a coming of age story rather than a "sex object". She's great in this. The DVD has a retrospective featurette where cast and admirers wax the film's car, and the pilot of the TV show... Ok, a few words about this. I can't believe 1) it premiered 9 years after the movie (who cared by this point?!) and 2) it lasted 5 seasons! The pilot is such an obnoxious, unfunny retread of the movie in 22 minutes, with everyone doing an imitation of the film's characters, it's just junk. Never mind that the further you get from 1985, the less acceptable the premise is. 1 year 6 months ago
  2. hannark's avatar

    hannark

    Pretty disgusting in a modern context 2 years 2 months ago
  3. Zeltaebar's avatar

    Zeltaebar

    A guilty pleasure, but enjoyable if you don't take it too seriously and Kelly LeBrock is a delight as the golem from paradise. 10 years 3 months ago
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