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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Daniel Ades ...
Laser Ray Victim
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David Decker
Charles Shull ...
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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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When he gets mad, he doesn't get even... he gets creative. See more »

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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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Sean Frye and Joann Willette' are credited as "boy at science fair" and "girl at science fair" respectively, but don't appear to have a scene in the movie. See more »

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The false IDs used by Chris and Mitch to enter March AFB are shown as DD Form 2A - which is an identification card for military personnel (one of them is shown to have a pay grade of "O-1" - for the Air Force, that's a Second Lieutenant. Chris tells the gate guard that "Someday you might be in the private sector, too" - but if they're covered as military officers, they're not "private sector" personnel With a DD2A, they'd also have had an easier time getting through the gate in uniform, rather than in civvies. See more »

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Chris Knight: As you know, Mitch and I were working on the cyanide system. Well, earlier today it ate itself. But, these little set-backs are just what we need to take a giant step forward. Right, Kent? Needless to say, I was a little despondent about the melt down, but then, in the midst of my preparations for hari kiri, it came to me. It is possible to synthesize excited bromide in an argon matrix. Yes, it's an excimer frozen in its excited state.
Bodie: Th... That's impossible.
Chris Knight: It's a chemical laser but in solid...
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Terrific nostalgia trip down 80s memory lane - loved it!
13 November 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Had very fond memories of this film as a kid in the 80s. Still holds up even today. DVD widescreen format shows off how well directed this movie is. Val Kilmer is terrific as the genius slacker hero. The whole cast gel well together, and the dialogue is very sharp and well-written (reminded me of TV show Scrubs in places). Had me laughing out loud in many places - rare for a modern version like American Pie. Lots of tasty 80s musical montages scattered throughout. Something really likable and positive about this movie, leaves you feeling really good at the end. Highly recommended - really hasn't dated at all. An enjoyable trip down 80s memory lane!


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