“Weird Science” (1985)

In the film “Weird Science” Gary Wallace, a role acted by Anthony Michel Hall (Halloween Kills), and Wyatt Donnelly, played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Superboy), are two high school geeks, who are seemingly only friends with each other. One weekend, Wyatt’s mother (Pamela Gordon) and father (Doug MacHugh), go out of town for the weekend. Wyatt’s abusive older brother Chet, portrayed by four time Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton (Big Love), will be returning from military school to supervise the teens.

Friday evening arrives, and the fast talking Gary, and the awkward Wyatt are alone; the movie “Frankenstein” (1931), is playing on the television in the background. The two begin to talk, and before long, they come up with an idea. If they can’t get the type of girls they want to show interest in them, they’ll create one of their own; not just any girl, but their perfect dream girl. Using Wyatt’s computer, the two go about constructing her. Thanks to borrowing a great deal of energy from a government instillation, as well as lightning from an electrical storm, which strikes the house they’re working from at just the precise moment they need it to, the girl of the teens’ dreams does become flesh and blood. Her name is Lisa, and she is played by Kelly LeBrock (Hard to Kill). While Lisa is beyond a shadow of a doubt very attractive, Gary and Wyatt soon learn that she encompasses more than her looks. She is also highly intelligent, witty, and for some unexplained reason possesses magical abilities.  

For those who haven’t seen the film, LeBrock’s character, I believe, can sometimes be misunderstood. Lisa’s not an object of sexual desire for the teens to do with as they wish. Instead, her purpose in the film, is ultimately to guide them to leading a more confident life, and for Gary and Wyatt to let people like them for who they are, not for what they can give them or do for them. She wants Gary and Wyatt to stand up to the school bullies who torment them on a daily basis, especially Max and Ian.  BAFTA and three time Golden Globe winner Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame) portrays Ian, and Robert Rusler plays Max (Ray Donovan). Lisa is particularly interested in helping Gary and Wyatt stand up to Ian and Max, because their girlfriends, Deb (Suzanne Snyder), and Hilly (Judie Aronson), who they treat poorly, are the girls that Gary and Wyatt are interested in. How far will Lisa’s help go in terms of transforming Gary and Wyatt’s lives?

“Weird Science” was written and directed by John Hughes (Planes, Trains & Automobiles). The film was released to American theaters on August 2, 1985. Parts comedy, romance, and Sci-Fi, the movie has a runtime of 94 minutes. The soundtrack for the film features the hit song, also titled “Weird Science” which is performed by “Oingo Boingo” and was produced by four time Oscar nominee and Grammy and Emmy winner Danny Elfman (Big Fish) and Steve Bartek (Desperate Housewives).     

                                                                              

 Trivia buffs take note: Kelly LeBrock’s character was inspired by the first GUI (Graphical User Interface) computer which Apple ever produced which was named Apple Lisa. Robert Downey Jr. drove Robert Rusler to his audition for the role of Ron Grady in “Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” on the last day of filming “Weird Science.” Rusler got the part. Anthony Michael Hall was supposed to reprise his role as Rusty Griswald  in “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” but passed, in order to co-star in “Weird Science.”  Emmy nominee Demi Moore (If These Walls Could Talk), and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (House of Cards), auditioned for the part of Lisa, before it was ultimately given to Kelly LeBrock.    

I have a strong feeling that this film couldn’t be made today. If it were to be produced, I am sure that a number of things would be changed to fit modern sensitivities. I will readily admit that there is some terminology used that was said aloud at the time, which is no longer, and rightfully so, used today. The film does also feature some low brow humor, which includes, one particular, very silly scene toward the end featuring Paxton’s character. Overall, I consider the movie a product of its time, and a relatively harmless one at that.                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

About robbinsrealm

I was born in Smithtown, New York, and grew up, worked, and lived in various areas of Long Island before moving to Boca Raton, Florida where I now make my home. In addition to being an aspiring writer, I am also an English teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. In my spare time you will find me engrossed in books, watching movies, socializing with friends, or just staying active.
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