[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
In a way, I don't feel right giving Real Genius 3.5 stars.
Far be it for me to start questioning my own rating methodology, certainly at this juncture in my life. But the reason why I really was sorely tempted to rate Real Genius lower, despite myself, is that this is a film of unfulfilled potential. Fitting in a way, considering some of the characters in the film, but still frustrating.
The base idea of taking the high school comedy and setting it in a sort of campus for genius misfit students is an absolutely brilliant one, and one that initially shows a lot of potential. But it fritters so much of…
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.
They should have just used Laser Cats
This is one of the more fun very-80s fluff-fests focusing on super-intelligent oddballs.
Thank you Martha Coolidge for two of my favorite 80's movies
A prophetic warning that our nation failed to heed, resulting in the Laser Pointer Wars of the late '90s.
As a kid, this movie gave me the false impression that college was just going to be lasers and giant popcorn balls.
Kilmer is on top of his game here.
I used to watch this one all the time. It's funny and there are some good gags. But it's pretty silly and not really a very good movie. Still, it's enjoyable. I do like that the nerds are portrayed as varied, with some being cool and some being weird, etc. This was one of those movies that gave me a highly skewed view of how much shenanigans I'd be getting up to in college.
"Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?""
Real Genius is a perfect mix of 80s cheese, comedy, and heart.
Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography is fantastic. The whole film has this beautiful orange glow, accentuated by the warm color palette. Very pleasing to look at.
Val Kilmer is a show-stealer.
I liked the film more when it was a dramedy about the pressures of college life and making it out on your own, and less when it was a thriller involving military base infiltration and hacking.
This is the first movie I've watched with my parents in a long time and it was a DVD my mom got me for my birthday so…
Stop playing with yourself, Kent.
Easily one of my all-time favorite films, shot back when people didn't cringe knowing Val Kilmer was in the cast.
It's a classic 80s film about the underdog coming out on top, even as pressure, spiteful peers, and teenage awkwardness conspire. There are some great songs from groups never heard from again, and we get to see Jon Gries before he was Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite (another of my go-to films when I'm in the mood to laugh hard).
If college had been like this for me, I probably wouldn't be bitter and regretful about the crushing debt and loss of four years I'll never get back.
This film made nerds even cooler while keeping them in their usual…
"It’s a damn funny and highly quotable movie, and it’s an environment in which Kilmer excels. He’s equally at home wooing an army general’s daughter (the smile-inducing Deborah Foreman, whose too-limited time here is the film’s only fault) as he is slicing liquid nitrogen wafers or riffing about kilojoules, and his rapid-fire delivery comes with the confidence of someone well beyond their second feature film."
Rob Hunter shows off his genius by adding Val Kilmer's movie to The Essentials: buff.ly/2cRiv5r
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