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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: May 18: Weird Science


May 18: Weird Science

"Two nerdish boys attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that."

Weird Science is another great 80s movie directed and written by John Hughes. It has a ridiculous plot and nearly everything that happens is bat-shit crazy. Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) star as two wannabe "cool kids" who decide to just create the woman of their dreams, using an extremely dated computer and a bunch of magazine pictures. Yes, that is the basis to the plot. The woman (Kelly LeBrock), who the boys name Lisa, enters their lives and changes everything. She attempts to teach them as much as she can about life, love, sex, high school, popularity, and a little more about sex. The movie is like a teenage Albert Einstein's wet dream, filled with over-the-top innuendos, inappropriate behavior (she's 25, they're 16), and a really hot woman that looks like absolute shit today. 

What the... 

f**k happened?!

The movie is simply a fantasy, with a bunch of scenes strung together with really no plot between them. There's magic, nuclear missiles, stuff getting sucked up a chimney, frozen grandparents, and a surprise visit by a "scary" biker gang. But, in the end, it doesn't really matter that there isn't a plot, because it's so over-the-top ridiculous and fun, you can't help but like it. Plus with 80s staples in Anthony Michael Hall and John Hughes at the helm, it has its own kind of charm. Even featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Paxton in some of their first roles, Weird Science is one interesting ride.

Before the drugs and before the "Stark", he was half naked with three men on a wrestling mat.

I would definitely recommend Weird Science. Although not as good as The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it succeeds in its own weird, little, f**ked up way. It is probably one of Hughe's most unusual films and has a very unique kind of humor. It really pushes the boundaries and once the actual premise of the film hits your brain, you realize how messed up the entire thing is. Overall, Weird Science is exactly that- weird and ... sciency?

The Good:
an amazing scene early on in the film, where Hall, drunk, thinks he's "one of the guys" in a black jazz club, talking slang, all cool-cat like, smoking a cigar and telling stories about a girl that kicked him in the nuts (and most of the humor throughout)
The Bad:
the plot... that's barely there and really no motivation behind the two main characters other than a desire to be cool and get laid
The Ugly:
seeing how much Kelly LeBrock has changed in 27 years and how little of the sexy remained

Overall: 7.7/10


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