“Weird Science” — Review

Weird Science is a crazy, 1985 comedy classic.


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Weird Science was released Aug., 2 1985 starring Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith.

Grace Clay, Editor

I have watched a lot of movies and tv shows over the past few weeks but I think it’s safe to say none of them have been as nuts as the 1985 classic “Weird Science.” This movie is just all around crazy. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on “Weird Science.” As always, a spoiler alert is in order.

This movie starts out with Gary (played by the absolute cutie Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (played by ‘80s only actor Ilan Mitchell-Smith) being typical ‘80s movie girl-crazy teenagers and watching gymnastics practice. They are then completely embarrassed by Ian (played by Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr.) and Max (played by “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2” actor Robert Rusler). Gary and Wyatt then decide the best course of action is to literally build their own girl and name her Lisa (played by model Kelly LeBrock). 

Let’s talk about Gary and Wyatt first. Gary is the one that comes up with the idea that they need to “make a girl” and he comes up with this idea while watching a Frankenstein movie and Wyatt immediately says, “I’m not digging up any dead bodies,” and Gary responds with something along the lines of ‘no, the computer dumbo.’ Wyatt is the one that creates the computer setup because he’s a complete nerd. Max and Ian bully them, and they do things like dump an Icee on Gary and Wyatt in an attempt to impress the girls they are hanging with, and it doesn’t work out very well. 

Now, let’s talk about Lisa and how her character. While being a strong female lead, she is still kind of problematic. Lisa is a 23-year-old who has inappropriate relationships with a 15 and 16-year-old. The kids that played Gary and Wyatt were actually only 15 and 16 and the lady that played Lisa was actually 23, and that is very illegal. I do love that she is very confident in herself and she gives off a weird intimate Mary Poppins vibe where all she does is try to get Gary and Wyatt to be more comfortable in themselves and a girl their own ages. 

All in all, though, I would recommend this movie if you like crazy movies that have very little to do with reality but don’t quite reach that fantasy level.