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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The "Popcorn Trick" sequence began with the construction of a full-sized Victorian frame house on a plot in Sand Canyon, California, not far from Los Angeles. Within the house, special effects coordinator Phil Cory
and his crew devised an elaborate network of conveyor belts, hydraulic lifts, air blowers and vacuum hoses which would, on cue, turn 190,000 pounds of popcorn into a hot buttered tornado, blowing out the windows, doors and roof of the structure. To film the caramel carnage, director Martha Coolidge
positioned five cameras around the building, in classic "anytime you're ready, C.B." tradition, including one on a 300-foot crane. At the Hollywood Center Studios, a two-level set was constructed. On one level was built the interior of the mansion, decorated in the kind of eclectic, expensive kitsch a phony like Jerry Hathaway might fancy. The lower level contained a vast 20' x 20' x 20' storage tank to hold the popcorn until required. With Rube Goldberg ingenuity, the crew built six air-poppers, each ten-feet high, capable of popping 2,400 pounds of corn an hour. Made of sheet metal and heated by propane gas, the poppers "fed" the tank through the pressure of the popping corn itself and a system of air blowers. A conveyor belt and another set of blowers then swirled the popcorn up through the floor to inundate the set in confectionery debris to a height of twenty feet. Producer Brian Grazer
explained: "To put it as simply as possible, the entire set was one enormous popcorn popper". That still, however, was not enough. When more popcorn was needed to complete the deluge, the Lapidus Popcorn Company of Los Angeles, California pitched in with an additional 90,000 cubic feet. Grazer added: "We eventually used enough popcorn to feed 720,000 moviegoers, each eating the largest tub sold at theaters. At retail, the cost would have been about $1,800,000. But since we were among the world's largest consumers of popcorn, if only for about five minutes, we received a substantial discount". See more
When Mitch is leaving his dorm room to go to class and encounters the ice made by ICK he is carrying a text book. He trips and falls, and the book disappears. Mitch makes no effort to retrieve or look for the book so that he can proceed to class. See more
Oh, Kent, that is so unfair! And we were going to make you King of the Winter Carnival.
Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Troll 2
You Took Advantage of Me
Written by Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Carmen McRae
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