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Feature 6.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 1.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Universal
Running Time:

Classification:
 M
Reviewer:
Brett Bowman

6.0


Weird Science

Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Michael-Smith) are two unlucky in love high school losers who decide to take matters into their own hands by creating their ultimate dream woman, on their home computer!  Their creation, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), proves to be more than they bargained for causing havoc and taking them well beyond their comfort zones.  The situations they find themselves in range from the sublime to the ridiculous – however the film isn’t without heart, and the usual just be yourself theme. 

Hall and Michael-Smith are likable in their roles as the nerdy high schoolers, although Hall does make some bizarre acting decisions – his drunken acting is both hilarious and very over the top disturbing.  Model Kelly LeBrock as Lisa, who surely set many males hearts aflutter in the 80s does an admirable job as the boy’s creation even if her delivery is somewhat stiff.  She does seem to be having fun in the role, which translates well onscreen; Lisa yelling at Gary’s parents, dressed as the sort of girl no mother would want their son involved with, is a real highlight. 

One of the funniest things about Weird Science is the “before they were famous” star spotting you can do with the ancillary cast.  Robert Downey Jr. is credited as simply Robert Downey makes an appearance as one of Gary and Wyatt’s school bullies – a far cry from the serious actor he is seen as today.  Likewise Bill Paxton plays Chet, Wyatt’s obnoxious older brother, with a maniacal glee, even when he is turned into a, um, big pile of crap by Lisa.

It is amusing to think that the humble 1985 home computer (and the wearing of bras on ones head) could create a walking talking living woman – movies often take liberties with just what computers can do, but Weird Science takes the cake.  No special features other than the trailer are included on the disc.  Weird Science is an entertaining enough film, with a few laughs and likable characters, but it is instantly forgettable – and hasn’t aged as well as expected.






 
 



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