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My Science Project (1985)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  9 August 1985 (USA)
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Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Michael Harlan
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Ellie Sawyer
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Vince Latello
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Sherman
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Detective Isadore Nulty
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Lew Harlan
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Dolores
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Bob Roberts
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Irene
Beau Dremann ...
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Crystal
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Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, its up to Michael and Ellie to stop the orb and save mankind. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Bob Roberts: You guys skipped my science finals today! Where were you?
Michael Harlan: We got kinda hung up in the auto shop...
Vince Latello: Yeah, in the ozone.
Bob Roberts: In the ozone, Blowzone! Now look, I'm tired of you two. Let me tell you something, unless your science project is dyno-supreme
[pauses]
Bob Roberts: you both get D's!
Vince Latello: [eagerly] Hey I'll take it!
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Fish Cheer and I-Feel-Like-I'm Fixin' to Die Rag
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I Was a Teenage Time Traveler.
19 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

'My Science Project' was a fun idea. John Stockwell is Michael Harlan, a slacker car jock who's got to come up with a real science project if he wants to pass his class. Digging around in some condemned military land, he finds a wierd gadget that causes major van damage. In the course of trying to figure out the extent of power of the little electrifying gizmo, his hippie science teacher, Bob (Dennis Hopper) is sucked into a time warp. But, he doesn't leave before figuring out that the thing that Mike Harlan found opens up all time warps. So, now Harlan and his friend Vince Latello (Fisher Stevens), Ellie Sawyer (Danielle von Zerneck), and a hopeless nerd named Sherman (Raphael Sbarge) have to fix the time dimensions while getting chased by strange guys from the government and dinosaurs and midevil warriors, and everything else. Mike's got a real mess on his hands.

It's probably one of the few films I really liked John Stockwell in because he didn't have to try to hard to be Mike Harlan, slacker car jockey who doesn't say much and likes to be left alone. Although, the better character in the movie was his big shot friend, Vince. But that's a typical kind of character for Fisher Stevens, who's always good in comedy.

And yes, as one viewer already mentioned, it follows a long line of 80s science fiction comedy or 80s sci-fi teen movies like 'Real Genius' (teens build a super laser); 'Back to the Future' (teen travels to past, present, and future via a Delorean time machine); Weird Science (teens make a girl on their computer); 'Peggy Sue Got Married' (adult goes back in time to relive being a teen); 'Mac and Me' (teens find friendly alien family), and so forth.

I like the idea for 'My Science Project,' but having all of the people and creatures from different time periods land in the present-day lacked a lot of fun that could've been achieved from a movie (perhaps a longer movie) like this. The finale battle scenes against the enemies from different time dimensions all took place in the school. So, the setting was static, and somewhat boring after awhile. Probably, too, because it was done so cheaply. A lot more could've been done if they were allowed to expand the setting by allowing Harlan and his friends to travel through time, too.

Nonetheless, if this be your cup of tea, then cheers!


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