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
It's yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.
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With one notable exception, the antics in the film are based on stunts pulled off in higher educational institutions such as England's Cambridge University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cal Tech (the California Institute of Technology). For example, the appearance in a student bedroom of an automobile with its motor still running is based on an actual incident as was the state-of-the-art seminar in which a tape recorder delivers a "lecture" to a roomful of other recording machines. Moreover, the event, dubbed "Smart People on Ice", featuring the conversion of a Pacific Tech dorm to a winter carnival complete with skating rink and bobsled course, by laying down a 'carpet' of frozen, volatile gas, is similar to a prank staged annually at Cal Tech. There, the students take it even further, using a circular stairway as a bobsled run, then white water rafting through the dormitory corridors when the ice melts. See more
Chris' earmuffs appear and disappear in the ice skating scene. See more
[showing Mitch and Chris their fake ID badges
How do these look?
[holding Mitch's ID
Terrible - mine looks like him and his looks like me.
Standing in Line
Performed by The Textones
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