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Weird Science
(1985)
Reviewed by Brendan McBride
Rating: 2 Beans

on't hate her 'cause she's beautiful.

Before Kelly LeBrock did Pantene commercials and before she married Lama Steven Segal, she starred in one of the funnest and worst movies of the eighties. Perhaps inspired by the success of "WarGames" a couple of years earlier, there was a rash of teenager-science movies in the mid-80's. Most of them were bad in that special way that only 80's teenager movies can be bad. The best of the lot was "Real Genius" the worst was certainly the Scott Baio vehicle "Zapped" but not far behind it was this little gem featuring LeBrock and Anthony Michael Hall ("Johnny B. Good", "Vacation") at the pinnacle of his storied career.

The fun comes from the story in which our heroes, Wyatt (played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith who I haven't seen in anything since) and Gary (Hall), inspired by watching "Frankenstein," decide to "make a girl" using Wyatt's PC. When they can't get enough power they hack into some unidentified government computer. But that's not all. They feed pictures from Playboy into a scanner, use a very complex logarithm to adjust the breast size, feed a photograph of Einstein into the scanner (thus allowing the computer to give the girl incredible intelligence), hook a Barbie (TM) doll up to electrodes, strap bras over their heads and let the computer do its thing. The next thing you know, there's Kelly LeBrock in panties and a cropped T-shirt.

Not only is their creation, Lisa, beautiful, she's also endowed with god-like powers. Of course she'll need these to help our heroes achieve the one thing that all 80's teen movies heroes try to achieve: getting laid. And since Wyatt and Gary are a couple of super-Nerds, she's got her work cut out for her.

Oh, did I mention that "Weird Science" also features Bill Paxton ("Titanic" "Twister") in the role he was destined to play? Paxton is perfect as Wyatt's psychotic asshole brother Chet who is eventually turned into a giant turd (!) by Lisa when he refuses to leave the boys alone. I'd venture to say that Paxton gives the performance of his career. If there's one thing thing he's remembered for, I hope it's his flawless portrayal of an anst-ridden turd.

Add Robert Downey Jr., a pack of post-apocalyptic bikers, and a couple of stereotyped mall bimbos and you've got cinematic gold.

This movie merits special attention because it spawned a USA "Original Series." Consequently, the film gets ample playing time on that choice network.






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