Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even.
MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80'S. He can turn the simple into the simply amazing, and now he turns revenge into high comedy.
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Did You Know?
The one prank which was totally new, both to solid state physics and filmmaking, was the transformation of a Victorian home into a giant popcorn popper. While even this screwball stunt was scientifically sound, there was an area in which director Martha Coolidge
deliberately chose to be inaccurate. That assignment went to visual artist Ron Cobb
, who conceived the Hathaway "death beam". Coolidge explained: "We had to be careful to create a laser weapon which wouldn't work the way it was described in the film.There's been a good deal of discussion recently about such weapons, including aspects of the 'Star Wars' defense system. We didn't want to inspire any lethal tinkering". See more
The laser that Knight finally gets to work supposedly works at
600 nanometers. Unfortunately, that would make it an orange laser, not a violet one as shown in the film (which would have a wavelength closer to 400 nanometers). See more
Moles and trolls, moles and trolls, work, work, work, work, work. We never see the light of day. We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I'm disgusted. I'm sorry but it's not like me, I'm depressed. There was what, no one at the mutant hamster races, we only had one entry into the Madame Curie look-alike contest and he was disqualified later. Why do I bother?
An edited version of Real Genius has appeared on American television. Some of the language has been altered, for instance "penis" to "pinkie", "bastard" to "bonehead", and "Jesus" to "God". Also, instead of the children playing in the popcorn as the final credits roll, we see a long-distance high-angle shot of the Professor's house as he comes home and discovers the popcorn. See more
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