[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
"Times are changing. These nerds are a threat to our way of life. Soon, we will be up to our necks in nerd shit!"
These are the most prophetic lines of dialogue from any movie ever.
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.
File under movies you can't make today.
I'm fairly certain everything the Nerds do to the females is sexual abuse of some sort.
Nevertheless, it was interesting to see a cultural touchstone, even if it was dumb, thoughtless, offensive, and only sparingly amusing.
Part of Ready Player One
- Some pretty offensive stereotypes here and there but oh man, those nerds sure did get their revenge.
Dear sweet lord, what dreck this was! The only bright spot for me was Curtis Armstrong who played Booger and turned every one of his lines into something worth laughing at. Otherwise, this was too cliche, too 80s and too bad to write anything worthwhile about. A very unfunny comedy, at least from my POV.
This is bullshit - pan down
Just straight up funny. Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards are a great dynamic duo and each one of the nerds are unique and hilarious in their own way. This movie isn't so much about nerds as it is about people from different walks of life banding together and taking a stand.
One for the ages, will be watched for generations to come.
The good thing about Revenge of the Nerds is that it's actually competently made - the costumes communicate a hell of a lot about the characters, the actors all know how to be stocks, there's some framing that absolutely feels like it'd be comic if there was a visual joke put in, and even the designs of some of the things in the homecoming fair - kissing booth, pie booth, etc. - it's all comically wonky that I wanted to laugh at it.
The bad thing is rarely did I ever laugh at it. Not only because I didn't think much of the movie was funny, but... it felt like it was a movie that didn't really understand its point.…
Here's one of those '80s staples you don't need anyone to recommend - you've either seen it or you don't have any interest. I don't actively think about Revenge of the Nerds too often, but rewatching it last night for the umpteenth time drove home how influential this movie was on my childhood. For one thing, until I went to college, I always pictured it being exactly as pictured here, from the arduous move-in to stair-diving into a kiddie pool full of beer. I believe this is where I learned about wonder joints, the term "bush" and the ridiculous stereotype that gays are limp-wristed.
My first encounter with Nerds will always stick with me. My parents were hosting a family…
It has aged horribly since its release, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that there's a certain level of charm to its cheesy and juvenile antics.
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…