Movies that are slightly off.
Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks?
Chris is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch is the 15-year-old college wiz kid. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project with a mysterious deadline, they still find time to use their genius to discover new ways to have fun.
It's kind of a moral imperative to love this film.
Darlington Recruiter: You *are* Chris Knight, aren't you?
Chris Knight: I hope so, I'm wearing his underwear.
Val Kilmer elevates this 80's teen romp into something near magical. I could go further and say it's a career best but i'll keep my cool - just for now. His comic delivery is damn near perfect and whenever he's on screen (which is thankfully a lot) Real Genius shifts into a high gear.
The finale is excellent also. Really excellent.
Oh okay its a career best.
At the core of this movie is an essential 80's montage of Val Kilmer playing himself (a psychotic super-genius megalomaniac) and a 15-year-old kid who would grow up to kinda look like Jon Hamm making a sweet laser beam to the tune of Chaz Jankel and then they high five and it's the best thing that's ever happened in either of their lives.
"Not that genius... But, cool..."
1985 has been a wonderful year for teen movies, especially on the account of classics like Back To The Future, Breakfast Club and Goonies. It will be a valid argument to indicate that this Val Kilmer movie actually got overlooked among these heavyweights.
Real Genius is a fun movie that have a lot common with Revenge Of The Nerds and Weird Science, but in a different perspective this one dealt with some unpleasant facts. As drones and other high-tech profile weapons are being developed by every known countries, and social ethics becomes a questionable one, everyone goes dubious about the role of science in human evolution. Real Genius tackles the question in an entertaining way.…
They should have just used Laser Cats
As I watched Real Genius this time I found I could quote dialogue from it that I hadn't heard for more than two decades. That pretty much says it all for me with this film. The jokes still played well--the car in the bedroom, the popcorn in the house, the voice of Jesus in Kent's skull. This and Top Secret made Val Kilmer one of my favorite actors well into the 90s.
Also I had a crush on Michelle Meyrink when I was younger. Any girl who would sled down a set of ice-covered stairs and wear a wet suit to an indoor pool party was alright in my book.
Gotta love that '80s Val Kilmer
Slight but enjoyable 80's underdog college comedy with assured turn by Val Kilmer as Chris Knight, a devil-may-care hyperintelligent bohemian science student attempting to design a very powerful laser at fictional Pacific Technical University; that is, when he's not chasing tail, cracking wise, and casting a wry and wise eye towards the world's imperfections, i.e. M*A*S*Hing his way through the horrors of being a handsome, revered genius at an elite university with assured life of wealth, his personal Korean War.
"Big Hero 6" without the superhero gimmick, where a bunch of geniuses end up fighting evil FOR SCIENCE! For a genre film the script is surprisingly loose-structured and basically doesn't amount to much more than a few setpieces rather than a complete hero's journey. (Despite Mitch being the supposed protagonist the film is more interested in its world.) The complex characters and Val Kilmer's performance though, make it stand out.
Eternal embargo, due to nepotistic conflict of interest, obviously, but I will note that this transcends the 'slobs vs. snobs' narrative model by favoring a more nuanced, less lazy 'arrested development vs. advanced development' socio-psychological approach. Double-feature with LITTLE MAN TATE and baby you got a stew going.
Found my VHS from high school while re-arranging/sorting boxes of childhood artifacts Dad dropped off. Backgrounded while I continued to sort.
I may have five starred this if I was just going by my memory of countless childhood HBO views. But I gave it a rewatch recently and I'm happy to stay that it at least mostly holds up over time. Largely, this has to do with the mile-a-minute laughs that may even get lost on a casual watcher. Those are still smart and vulgar at the same time. And Val Kilmer is a modern Groucho Marx in his deliver-ability.
Val is Chris Knight. The resident genius senior at a technical science driven college. He has taken a new genius under his wing. A fifteen year old freshmen, Mitch, who will be a part of the team to develop lasers for…
Yes, it *looks* like it was filmed in 1985. Maybe it seems dated today. Definitely one of the finest nerd films of all time.
Val Kilmer charisma level - 8.5/10
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