Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.
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.Written by
In their research for the movie, producer Brian Grazer and director Martha Coolidge were not surprised to discover that the term "genius" applies, as well, to a genius for mischief. Coolidge said: "Some of the most inspired practical jokers on college campuses are in the advanced science programs. They see a situation which seems perfectly normal and ask themselves, 'What's the funniest, most amazing thing I can do to turn this situation upside down?'. It's not just high spirits, but a release, a kind of safety valve, against the tremendous academic pressure they're under. It became the basis for a lot of the story's humor". See more »
Before the shot is fired on Dr. Hathaway's house, the aircraft used to deploy the laser is shown as three different planes. On the base, it is a dark B-1B Lancer, on the approach it is the spaceship from the opening of the movie, and on the closeup shots it is a camouflage fighter jet. See more »
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 »
You are not supposed to like the super smart kids, but these guys are rather cool.
This is a funny comedy movie from the 80's that just works thanks mainly to the spot on cast. Granted, Val Kilmer kind of steals the show. The movie has a simple enough plot to begin with and through the course of the movie gets bigger and bigger till it "pops". A very intelligent kid is coming on board at a school for very smart guys, can not remember if it is a college or just an advanced high school. He is a bit out of place, however, he is going to get to meet this legend. Unfortunately, this legend is not at all what he expects clowning around and such and being a rather fun guy. Granted he has a very good reason for this later in the movie. The movie has great scenes where the smart kids make it so dry ice is formed in the halls of the dorm and at one point they have a pool party. They are all in the end working on this laser project which is the central plot point in the film and what makes the plot go from just your typical school type movie to something a bit more. It ends on a very funny note and great ending scene too. So all in all a funny movie with likable characters, I prefer this "nerds" to the ones in "Revenge of the Nerds". Also, the first time I heard the very good Tears for Fears song "Everybody wants to rule the World".
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