Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.

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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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Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ...
Laser Ray Victim
Andres Aybar ...
Bartender
Louis Giambalvo ...
Maj. Carnagle
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David Decker
Charles Shull ...
Air Force General
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George
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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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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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 »

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Chris' earmuffs appear and disappear in the ice skating scene. See more »

Quotes

Jordan: [showing Mitch and Chris their fake ID badges] How do these look?
Chris Knight: [holding Mitch's ID] Terrible - mine looks like him and his looks like me.
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Spoofs Sleeper (1973) See more »

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Performed by The Textones
Courtesy of Gold Mountain / A&M Records
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A High IQ version of Animal House
13 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is in the genre of Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds but features a cast of geniuses working on a laser, with one of the professors and his minions being the opposition.

It is in my top 10 films of all time list.

The humorous dialog goes on between ALL the characters but Val Kilmer has center stage even though the story seems to be about Mitch, the new 15 year old, premature college geek.

It is a magical movie that can truly lift your spirits if you are depressed. You can watch it over and over again because its power is not so much in the story but in the superb and genuinely captivating interaction between Val Kilmer and the rest of the cast.


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