- Weird Science (film)
name = Weird Science(science fiction)
caption = Theatrical release poster
director = John Hughes
writer = John Hughes
Anthony Michael Hall Kelly LeBrock Ilan Mitchell-Smith Bill Paxton
Matthew F. Leonetti
Chris Lebenzon Mark Warner
Ira Newborn Jimmy Iovine
August 2, 1985
runtime = 94 min.
country = USA
language = English
amg_id = 1:53789
imdb_id = 0090305
"Weird Science" (1985) is a 1980s
teen filmwritten and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrockand Ilan Mitchell-Smith. The film's producer Joel Silver acquired film rights to the pre- Comics Code Authority1950s EC Comicsmagazine "Weird Science", from which the plot is developed as an expansion and modernization of the basic premise in Al Feldstein's story "Made of the Future" in the fifth issue. The title songwas written and performed by the American New Wave band Oingo Boingo.
teenage nerds, Gary Wallace ( Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt Donnelly ( Ilan Mitchell-Smith), unpopular and unable to meet girls on their own, use Wyatt's computer to design the perfect woman. They feed various data (images mostly) into the computer. Lacking sufficient processing power, they hack into a US Government mainframe and use its power to create a computer simulation of "the perfect woman" in order to place her in "real life sexual situations" and see how she reacts. A bizarre electrical storm (à la " Frankenstein", their inspiration) follows, and they find themselves unable to shut the computer off.
Mysteriously, the result is "Lisa" (
Kelly LeBrock), a real-life woman (who emerges from a red fog in the bathroom). She is a sexed-up but kind-hearted "80's babe" with Einstein's IQ, David Lee Roth's attitude and inexplicable supernaturalpowers. Self-aware from the moment of her creation, Lisa sets about revealing their inner coolness, transforming Gary and Wyatt from nerds into men through a series of wacky and bizarre adventures. Using her magic powers, she takes them to a Blues Club, confronts Wyatt's domineering older brother Chet ( Bill Paxton), and throws a giant party at Wyatt's upscale home. In the end, the boys get no sex from their mentor, but are seemingly on the path to a relationship with two cute girls their own age.
The movie ends with a group of high school boys in gym class, talking and joking around as two somewhat nerdy boys, similar to how Gary and Wyatt were at the beginning are given the spotlight. Their gym instructor appears and turns out to be none other than Lisa herself. As the boys look on in stunned silence, the two aforementioned ones in particular, Lisa orders them to "drop and give me twenty". The boys all slap themselves on the head and collapse unconscious to the floor. Lisa smiles at the camera and winks.
Anthony Michael Hallas Gary Wallace
Ilan Mitchell-Smithas Wyatt Donnelly
Kelly LeBrockas Lisa
Bill Paxtonas Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyderas Deb
Judie Aronsonas Hilly
Robert Downey, Jr.as Ian
Robert Rusleras Max
* Vernon Wells as Lord General
Britt Leachas Al Wallace, Gary's dad
Barbara Langas Lucy Wallace, Gary's mom
Ivor Barryas Henry Donnelly, Wyatt and Chet's grandfather
Ann Coyleas Carmen Donnelly, Wyatt and Chet's grandmother
Michael Berrymanas Mutant Biker
Suzy J. Kellemsas Gymnast
James Bredbergas Gymnast/Texas Syndicate Leader
* Anthony Michael Hall makes a reference to a girlfriend from Canada. His character "Brian" from "
The Breakfast Club" (1985) also makes a reference to a fictional girlfriend from Canada.
* The Time Magazine from which Gary and Wyatt accidentally create a nuclear missile is the January 31, 1983 issue. [ [http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,1101830131,00.html TIME Magazine Cover: Pershing II Missile - Jan. 31, 1983 - Missiles - Nuclear Weapons - Cold War - Weapons - Military ] ]
* Shermer, the fictional town in which many of John Hughes' movies are set, is derived from the name of a village (Shermerville) outside Chicago, Illinois. Northbrook, an affluent suburb, is the community used to represent Shermer in Hughes' films. Shermer Road can be found there.
* During the computer scene, when the two are gaining access to a better computer, a reference to "
The Twilight Zone" is made; the show's intro is shown as computer generated images.
* Chet references The Terminator with the line "I'll be back." while searching for Wyatt. Bill Paxton appeared in the Terminator as well as starring in Aliens with Michael Biehn who starred in The Terminator.
The movie is rated at 53% on the movie review website
Rotten Tomatoes. Despite mixed reviews, the film has become a cult classic and is one of the most well-known films of the John Hughes high school in the 80s genre.
A television show based on the film debuted in 1994 and ran for 88 episodes. Following the same basic plot as the movie it starred
Vanessa Angelas Lisa, Michael Manasserias Wyatt, John Mallory Asheras Gary, and Lee Tergesenas Chet.
1 "WEIRD SCIENCE"Performed by Oingo BoingoProduced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek
2 "TURN IT ON"Performed by Kim WildeProduced by Jimmy Iovine
3 "DEEP IN THE JUNGLE"Performed by Wall of VoodooProduced by Richard MazdaCourtesy of I.R.S. Records
4 "TUBULAR BELLS"Performed by Mike OldfieldCourtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
5 "TESLA GIRLS"Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (as OMD)Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd. / A&M Records
6 "PRIVATE JOY"Performed by CheyneProduced by Greg Phillinganes and Jimmy IovineVocals produced by Louil Silas Jr.
7 "WANTED MAN"Performed by RattCourtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
8 "DON'T WORRY BABY"Performed by Los LobosCourtesy of Slash Records / Warner Bros. Records Inc.By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
9 "FOREVER"Performed by TaxiCourtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
10 "METHOD TO MY MADNESS"Performed by The Lords of the New Church (as Lords of the New Church)Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
11 "EIGHTIES"Performed by Killing JokeCourtesy of E.G. Records Ltd.
12 "WHY DON'T PRETTY GIRLS LOOK AT ME"Performed by Wild Man From WongaCourtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
13 "NERVOUS AND SHAKEY"Performed by The Del FuegosCourtesy of Slash Records
14 "THE CIRCLE"Performed by Max CarlProduced by Peter HaukeCourtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
15 "TENDERNESS"By Roger Charlery, David Wakeling & Michael BillinghamPerformed by General PublicCourtesy of I.R.S. Records / Virgin Records, Ltd.
16 "DO NOT DISTURB (KNOCK KNOCK)"Performed by The Broken HomesProduced by Michael Frondelli with The Broken Homes
17 "OH, PRETTY WOMAN"Written by Roy Orbison, Bill DeesPerformed by Van Halen(Original Theatrical & Restored DVD Versions)
* [http://www.highschoolmovies.com/ The Weird Science DVD Official Universal Studios Site]
* [http://www.fast-rewind.com/weirdscience.htm Weird Science at the 80s Movie Gateway]
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