[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Revenge of the Nerds
The time has come for REVENGE OF THE NERDS
At Adams College, the jocks rule the school from their house on high, the Alpha Beta fraternity. So when a group of socially-challenged misfits try to go Greek, they're instantly rejected by every house on campus. Deciding to start their own fraternity to protect their outcast brothers, the campus nerds soon find themselves in a battle royale as the Alpha Betas try to crush their new rivals.
Despite numerous crimes which could, today, land a majority of these people on the Sex Offender Registry, I was really surprised at how well this movie held up.
I remember watching this and the sequels quite often as a kid and it's been so long since I've seen Revenge of the Nerds that I kept waiting for stuff to happen that must have happened in the sequel. That definitely helped the movie's impression of being fresh and exciting; especially because I didn't remember the ending (I do remember the ending of the sequel, apparently).
Richard and I have been going through a bit of an 80s phase (non-horror). In between watching movies I've been making him listen to a lot…
Revenge of the Nerds, a satire of university life, follows a group of excluded guys who found their own fraternity after being rejected by all other fraternities on campus. Here, brains battle against muscles when athletic football players try to crush their eccentric opponents, but the nerds have a perfect plan to gain advantage. Well, I have watched this one not only because I am in the mood for comedies from the eighties, but also because of the hype that is given to hit.
Frankly, I am not sure the hype is justified, I thought it would be way funnier than what it actually was. There are stupid films which can actually be hilarious, but I have to admit I…
"Look, Toby, the guys in that movie are not 28 year-old file clerks who live with their grandmothers in an ethnic ghetto...They didn't get their computers like you did, by trading in a bunch of box tops and $49.50 at the supermarket...Sure, go to the movies and daydream, but Revenge of the Nerds ain't reality. It's just Hollywood bullsh*t."
-- Harvey Pekar
Short Review: This is one of those movies I've known since childhood, to the point where all the dialogue and music makes each scene memorable, even if I never fully understood the film's nuances. The film has its share of funny moments, thanks to its cast of quirky characters and funny dialogue, but it's mostly enjoyable for the endearing characters and seeing the actual nerds' revenge. It's not always a classy film, but it's a fun blast from the past.
Where do you even begin to review Revenge of the Nerds?
It is a film so stuck in its era, yet somehow feels relatable today (not to me though...)
It is rather short, and character development are thrown out the door, but damn those nerds are likeable.
Throwing the old nerds vs. jocks story into the college outline created this film.
After all the freshman undeisred (mostly nerds, but including also a pothead and a homosexual), they decide to create their own frat.
After the jocks and their girlfriends sorority harass them, they decide to turn to the college's high council. Yet they discover even here the jocks rule.
Their only option is to win the year's homecoming carnival to…
This film probably couldn't get made today. Terribly politically incorrect. BUT HILARIOUS!
I hadn't seen it in probably 20 years or more, but it was still hilarious. Heartwarming story, great characters, and just plain funny.
Now on Blu-ray in glorious DTS-HD Master 1.0 ---- MONO baby!
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it does have a sizable profit margin of roughly $54 million. The plot of this 1980s teen comedy is as follows, the viewer meets these new students as it is their first couple of days at college and because these new students are intelligent, somewhat tightly dressed and have glasses on, on the social order they are classified as nerds, so they will get picked on a lot that is until they club together and seek some form of justice. Now it is very rare for me to say this but you may as well forget the first section of this film, like 25 minutes or so, because it does…
"Let's blow these fuckers up."
Figured I'd dumb it down a bit after a recent string of very long, serious films. Turns out, I went way too far in the wrong direction. I expected crude, but I wasn't prepared for the troubling racial and (especially) sexual dimensions of this. The most egregious offense is a scene wherein one of the nerd heroes tricks a girl into having sex with him instead of her boyfriend... and then she falls in love with him. You can't rape someone into loving you, any more than this movie could rape me into liking it. I can forgive a certain amount of un-PC (if you will) content as being "of its time," but this was too much.
On the surface, it's just nerds versus jocks in this rather amusing teen comedy from the 80s, but for all it's light, sometimes raunchy silliness, there is a genuinely positive underlying message about embracing and integrating unique minorities. Carradine and company are likable and funny - a real triumph in casting.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Why have I seen so many 80s comedies?
The acting isn't all that spectacular and I was only able to revisit the movie once before not getting bored of it. Obviously has your traditional 80's feel and some cliche and stereotyped jokes, about homosexuals for example. There aren't any awesome actors or actresses, but the goofy cast comes together semi-nicely.
Where sound effects that much more funny in the 80s? This movie fucking loves sound effects.
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