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Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 2 August 1985 (USA)
1:27 | Trailer
Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.


John Hughes


John Hughes
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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 ... Henry Donnelly
Ann Coyle Ann Coyle ... Carmen Donnelly (as Anne Bernadette Coyle)
Suzy J. Kellems Suzy J. Kellems ... Gymnast


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The pinball machine in Gary's parent's house is Bally's Old Chicago from 1976. See more »


When Wyatt and Gary are inputting information on the computer to create Lisa, Wyatt's shirt goes from buttoned to unbuttoned (or open) in the following shots. See more »


Lisa: You had to be big shots didn't you. You had to show off. When are you gonna learn that people will like you for who you are, not for what you can give them. Well, in your race for power and glory, you forgot one small detail.
Wyatt: We forgot to hook up the doll.
Lisa: You forgot to hook up the doll.
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Alternate Versions

Television version removes the sequence where biker leader asks Gary if he has 'tossed off to any good books recently'. See more »


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Performed by Taxxi
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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My favourite John Hughes film.
21 December 2019 | by patriciogl10See all my reviews

The most daring and out-there film of the master of '80s high school films, John Hughes. The plot revolves around two high school underappreciated boys and their desires to be popular with girls. That sounds about right when it comes to Hughes, but then something else is thrown in the mix, something really unconventional that really lifts this film above the others. Through a computer program they decide to create their own woman and much to their surprise, they succeed. Logically, things start looking much better for the both of them, since they are seen through different eyes now that they have a beautiful woman by their side. After that things get a little out of control, which is incredibly exciting. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith built an incredible chemistry between them, so perfectly believable they seem to have been friends for ages. Then there's Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), the woman they created, who is played with an enchanting sensuality that you cannot help but to gaze everytime she is on screen. Bill Paxton plays an annoying, arrogant and despicable older brother who is always watching what his little brother is doing.

Great performances, a whacky but fun plot, the comical touch provided by Hughes in many moments of the film, big and small, keeping an appreciable balance in between. A fantastic film, can't get enough of it, make sure you watch it, it will definitely feel different from other fims from the '80s!

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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,895,421, 4 August 1985

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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