|WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)|
Anthony Michael Hall
Robert Downey Jr.
|"Maybe it was a dream, you know, a very weird, bizarre, vivid, erotic, wet, detailed dream. Maybe we have malaria."|
|Time: 94 mins.|
Genre: High School Comedy/Fantasy
SYNOPSIS: Two unpopular teenagers, Gary and Wyatt, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Thier desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, who's purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require them to act like men.
BOTTOM LINE: WEIRD SCIENCE can't be one of John Hughes' proudest cinema creations, yet it manages to tow the line between crude, juvenile humor and meaningful teen flick well enough. It's the ultimate computer nerd fantasy flick. Since high school outcasts Garry and Wyatt have no luck with girls their own age, they decide to bring their dream girl to life using the latest PC programming and a little movie magic. Lisa may be their invention and she certainly makes them look cool, but she's more than a handful and soon gets them into loads of trouble. The entire storyline is completely unbelievable, but Hall and Smith are so endearing as the loveable losers you go along for the ride anyway. Paxton does the mean older brother justice, giving the film some its' best laughs and LeBrock makes the most of the bimbo role being both smart and sexy. In the end, the boys learn that women are not just playthings to be used for their enjoyment, but the message is hard to swallow after watching their raunchy antics for two hours. It seems like Hughes was just trying to make a fun, outrageous teen flick and on some level he succeeds. However, SCIENCE doesn't have the pathos, angst and wit that made his other 80s films instant classics. If you're looking for mindless entertainment, this will do, but it's nothing you'll remember the next day.