Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Weird Science

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

The 80s was the first decade that celebrated geeks and nerds. Alongside Nerds and Back to the Future, the movie Weird Science showed audiences how cool science geeks could be cool. John Hughes made a flurry of teen movies during this decade, and Weird Science may not be one of the better films he made, it sure is the goofiest.

Plus, the soundtrack fetures Oingo Boingo. You can't get anymore 80s than that.

Two geeks, Gary and Wyatt, are tired of being picked on by a pair of bullies (one of the jerks is played by Robert Downey Jr.). When they have the house to themselves for a weekend, they decide to build the perfect woman a la Frankenstein.

As they're using their computer, which is tied into the government's mainframe, a bolt of lightning strikes the house, and their creation comes to life. The gorgeous woman, played by Kelly LeBrock, utters, "So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?"

They name their creation Lisa, who apparently also has superpowers.

She plans the biggest bash of the year to help Gary and Wyatt become cool. But really, all these two geeks want is to have girlfriends. Through manipulation and 1980s magic, our two heroes finally land their soulmates. 


Sheena-kay Graham said...

Cool pick today. Making your dream woman can be both a blessing and a curse.

Nick Wilford said...

You picked one I know! This movie is definitely a lot of fun.

mooderino said...

If only computers really worked the way movies said they would.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It wasn't a great film, but with Kelly LeBrock in it, who cared?

farawayeyes said...

Great movie pick. I had wondered why you didn't use it before in a post where you talked about movies. I should have known.

jaybird said...

A classic 80's film! I loved Weird Science and couldn't help but route for the "geeks". Great pick!

Jay Noel said...

Sheena: What if she goes mad and becomes a deadly assassin?

Nick: Yea!

moody: Like in War Games where he hacks into the gov. computer in 2 minutes

Alex: She was awesome!

faraway: You knew it was coming

jaybird: Not Hughes' best, but definitely encapsulated the 80s

Brinda said...

I've loved this stroll down memory lane. Just reading about that movie made me smile this morning.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

What a great movie line that was. And little maniacs they were!

Sonnia J. Kemmer said...

I love "Weird Science!" Perhaps I should say I love all John Hughes films. I just can't get enough of the geek boys. LOL

From A to Z Challenge,
Sonnia J. Kemmer

Jay Noel said...

Brinda: Anthony Michael Hall was probably glad that he went through puberty.

C.Lee: Oh yeah. They were little maniacal geniuses with squeaky voices.

Sonnia: I'm a big fan of John Hughes. He died WAY too young.

Deniz Bevan said...

I watch this every time it's on tv!

Anonymous said...

It's so dorky and cheesy, it's great.

Melanie Schulz said...

Weird Science; classic choice.

Robin said...

This movie was hilarious. And that was a classic line. I really should watch this one again. John Hughes was a genius.

Rusty Webb said...

I ruined my Tandy trying to shove photos of bikini models into its tape drive. Talk about wish fulfillment. Sheesh. That movie had it in spades.

Mr. Shife said...

Lots of love for this movie. Also lots of love for Kelly LeBrock after seeing it. Have a good one Jay.

Samantha May said...

I LOVE Weird Science! It's one of my favorite 80's movies!

It's not even a particularly great film, but still weirdly likable :D

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