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 the scene where the military is set up for the laser test fire, the cars in the procession on the dirt road are set up to replicate the JFK assassination. See more »
At the science fair, on the poster for "Alcoholic Mice," the word "laboratory" is misspelled. See more »
And I suppose you're in on this too. Did you make this stuff?
I'm not saying.
Well who's gonna clean it up?
You won't have to. It's gonna go from solid form directly to gas.
Whoa! Really? What is it?
I'm not sayin', but I can tell you it's fairly rare and very unstable.
[glances at Kent]
Just like you.
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In one pan-and-scan version, when Jordan looks through the hole the laser made through a tree, the camera stays on her while another pan-and-scan version cuts aside to Chris for his line and to catch him turning his head when she says, "Look!" See more »
All She Wants to Do Is Dance
Written by Danny Kortchmar (uncredited)
Performed by Don Henley
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Terrific '80's Film
I've noticed that some people who've commented on REAL GENIUS do not appear impressed. This must be either because they lack a sense of humor or simply don't know a good movie when they see one. Val Kilmer is hysterical, the script is filled with clever one-liners. William Atherton is THE ego-meniacle bad guy. And Chris Knight and Mitch Taylor have a guy named Lazlow living in their closet. Come on, this film is terrific. I could watch this film every day. It's that good.
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