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Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 2 August 1985 (USA)
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Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

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John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Gary Wallace
Kelly LeBrock ... Lisa
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Wyatt Donnelly
Bill Paxton ... Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyder ... Deb
Judie Aronson ... Hilly
Robert Downey Jr. ... Ian (as Robert Downey)
Robert Rusler ... Max
Vernon Wells ... Lord General
Britt Leach ... Al Wallace
Barbara Lang Barbara Lang ... Lucy Wallace
Michael Berryman ... Mutant Biker
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Henry Donnelly
Ann Coyle Ann Coyle ... Carmen Donnelly (as Anne Bernadette Coyle)
Suzy J. Kellems Suzy J. Kellems ... Gymnast
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Storyline

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. Written by Jeff Ranous <uslwsjgr@ibmmail.com>

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Taglines:

It's all in the name of science. Weird Science. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weird Science See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,834,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,934,048
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Rusler said the scene when the rocket came up through the floor was a complicated shot to set up. Right before cameras rolled, Anthony Michael Hall farted, breaking the cast members' concentration, and ruining the take. Rusler estimates the scene cost one hundred thousand dollars to shoot. Because the take was blown, it had to be filmed in reverse, with additional tweaks in post-production. See more »

Goofs

When everything is being "sucked" out of the house. The girl playing the piano is obviously being pulled by a cable. See more »

Quotes

Mutant Biker: Can we keep this... between us? I'd hate to lose my teaching job...
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Alternate Versions

Reportedly, a scene included in the theatrical release is omitted from TV and home video releases: after the leader of the mutant bikers announces to everyone that "they couldn't even take a shower with a beautiful woman without wearing their jeans" they realized that the mutant bikers were another of Lisa's creations and wouldn't harm them. With the original scene they have an opportunity to show off for their friends. With that scene cut they suddenly develop courage on their own. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in 20 Year Old Virgins (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Weird Science
Performed by Oingo Boingo
Produced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek
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One of the best comedies I've ever seen.
6 January 2005 | by loucifersucksSee all my reviews

This is a story of 2 boys who create a super cool woman. The most funny thing is that these boys are total losers. They are oppressed by the society. Lisa - the cool fictional woman - teaches them how to become popular and brings out their best qualities. The good story combined with the excellent jokes and awkward situations creates a very nice setting for a true comedy. The characters are very well "constructed". One of the most important features of this movie is that it teaches people to be brave.

I watched this movie as a child and i loved it. My opinion is that this should be a classic not just a mere comedy of the 80's. I hope all who watch the movie will be very satisfied with it :)


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