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Real Genius (1985)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  7 August 1985 (USA)
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Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.

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A group of young, brilliant students develop a high-powered laser that's stolen by the government.

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Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)
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Jordan
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Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
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Sherry Nugil
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Laser Ray Victim
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Charles Shull ...
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Charles Parks ...
Larry
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Boy at Science Fair
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Mitch is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He's partnered up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyper-kinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius is. When their final, functional laser is stolen by their teacher for a military weapon, they decide to get even. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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It's yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Academia de genios  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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The background music playing during Chris' Darlington interview is an easy-jazz (or "elevator music") version of the 1972 pop song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)", written by Elliot Lurie and recorded by Lurie's band, "Looking Glass", on their debut album named for the band. See more »

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In the scene where Kent goes into Dr. Hathaways house and sees the popcorn wrapped in foil he touches it the foil is rounded and full but when the laser hits it its much flatter then begins to pop and bulges. See more »

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Professor Hathaway: What's that smell?
Chris Knight: [sniffs under armpit] Must be the dog, sir.
Professor Hathaway: That's popcorn.
Chris Knight: Yes sir, I know...
Professor Hathaway: Well, get it away from me! I hate popcorn! I can't stand popcorn!
Chris Knight: [Chris drops the bag of popcorn on the steps] Good. Now I know what to get you for your birthday.
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References The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963) See more »

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I'm Falling
Performed by The C.S. Angels
Courtesy of Jive Records
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One of the all time best 80's college movies
3 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Val Kilmer is hilarious as a college genius on par with Einstein, but is more interested in partying and chasing girls. A new arrival to the campus, Mitch, is a brilliant 15 year-old whom Val takes under his wing and tries to get to loosen up and have a good time.

There are probably some important themes and ideas to analyze within this movie, but for me it's just an old-school personal favorite that I've seen about 100 times. Great 80's music soundtrack and funny performances. William Atherton is perfect as the self-important, snobby professor, and another highlight is Robert Prescott, who plays his butt-kissing, nerdy assistant "Kent".

A movie that asks the question, isn't life experience just as important for education, as classrooms and books? A very funny, fine film that is up there with "Animal House" in my opinion.


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