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Encyclopedia > Weird Science (film)
Weird Science

A film poster for Weird Science.
Directed by John Hughes
Produced by Joel Silver
Written by John Hughes
Starring Anthony Michael Hall
Kelly LeBrock
Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Bill Paxton
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Rusler
Judie Aronson
Suzanne Snyder
Vernon Wells
Britt Leach
Music by Danny Elfman
Ira Newborn
Jimmy Iovine
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Editing by Chris Lebenzon
Scott K. Wallace
Mark Warner
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) August 2, 1985 (USA)
Running time 94 min.
Country USA
Language English
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Weird Science (1985) is a popular 1980s teen film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Kelly LeBrock. Weird Science (1985) is a movie written and directed by John Hughes. ... Image File history File links Movie_poster_for_Weird_Science_(1985). ... For other people with this name, see John Hughes. ... Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is a successful Hollywood film producer. ... For other people with this name, see John Hughes. ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ilan Mitchell-Smith (born June 29, 1969 in New York City) is an American actor, probably best known for his starring role in the movie Weird Science (1985). ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Robert John Downey Jr. ... Robert Rusler (b. ... Judith M. Aronson (b. ... Suzanne Snyder (born in 1962, Park Ridge, Illinois, USA) is an American actress. ... Vernon Wells (born December 30, 1945 in Rushworth, Victoria, Australia) is an actor. ... Britt Leach was born on July 18, 1938 in Gadsden, Alabama. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... Ira Newborn (1949- ) is an American musician and composer, best known for his work composing motion picture soundtracks. ... Jimmy Iovine was born on March 11, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Christopher John Lebenzon (29 October 1953, Redwood City, California) is an Academy Award-nominated American film editor. ... Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... The teen film (also called teen movie or teenpic) is a film genre in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst and alienation. ... For other people with this name, see John Hughes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The title song was written and performed by American New Wave stalwarts Oingo Boingo. For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... Bold text New Wave in the late 1970s and early 1980s was inspired by the punk rock. ... Oingo Boingo was a critically acclaimed American New Wave rock band better known for their influence, soundtrack contributions, and high energy Halloween concerts rather than their chart successes. ...


Taglines:

  • It's all in the name of science. Weird Science.
  • It's purely sexual. (UK)
  • If you can't get a date, make one!
  • They went from zeroes to heroes in one fantastic weekend.

The title "Weird Science" was taken from the famous pre-Comics Code 1950s EC Comics magazine Weird Science. The Comics Code Authority (CCA) is an organization founded in 1954 to act as a de facto censor for American comic books. ... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... Weird Science was part of the EC Comics line in the early 1950s. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Two pubescent nerds, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), unpopular and unable to meet girls on their own, use a computer to design the perfect woman. They feed various data (images mostly) into Wyatt's 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. Pubescent has several meanings: A pubescent person is a young individual who is undergoing the physical and mental changes associated with puberty. ... For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Ilan Mitchell-Smith (born June 29, 1969 in New York City) is an American actor, probably best known for his starring role in the movie Weird Science (1985). ... For other uses, see Mainframe. ... This article is about the 1818 novel. ...


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 deeply caring "80's babe" with Einstein's IQ, David Lee Roth's attitude and inexplicable supernatural powers. 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 nasty, bullying, 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. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Einstein” redirects here. ... David Lee Roth (sometimes referred to as Diamond Dave) (born 10 October 1953, Bloomington, Indiana) is a American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality, best known for his work with the band Van Halen. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ...


Cast

Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Ilan Mitchell-Smith (born June 29, 1969 in New York City) is an American actor, probably best known for his starring role in the movie Weird Science (1985). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Suzanne Snyder (born in 1962, Park Ridge, Illinois, USA) is an American actress. ... Judith M. Aronson (b. ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... Robert Rusler (b. ... Vernon Wells (born December 30, 1945 in Rushworth, Victoria, Australia) is an actor. ... Britt Leach was born on July 18, 1938 in Gadsden, Alabama. ... Barbara Lang (b. ... Ivor Barry (April 12, 1919 - December 12, 2006) was a British film and television actor. ... Michael Berryman (born September 4, 1948) is an American character actor. ...

Other facts

  • John Hughes wrote this film in two days.
  • Anthony Michael Hall makes a reference to a girlfriend from Canada. His character "Brian" from The Breakfast Club (1985) also makes a reference to an fictional girlfriend from Canada.
  • Kelly LeBrock initially turned down the role of Lisa, as she was vacationing in France at the time and was "having too much fun riding horses on the beach".
  • The Time Magazine from which Gary and Wyatt accidentally create a nuclear missile is the January 31, 1983 issue. [1]
  • 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 Twilight Zone intro is shown as computer generated images.

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Goofs

  • Gary's shoes at his headboard change positions between shots.
  • When everything is being "sucked" out of the house, the girl playing the piano is obviously being pulled by a cable.
  • Right before Ian and Max drop the Icee on Wyatt and Gary, the cup is filled well over the top. Seconds later when they drop it, the level of the liquid in the cup has dropped considerably.
  • Lisa gets a beer for Gary and puts it down in front of him at the beginning of the scene when she meets his parents. A minute later, the glass of beer is gone.

Criticisms and comparisons to other Hughes films

Weird Science is generally not viewed as favorably as John Hughes’ other coming of age teen films, such as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Sixteen Candles. For example, the movie is rated at 53% on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, whereas the other aforementioned Hughes films have a combined average rating of almost 91%. The Breakfast Club is a 1985 teen film widely considered as the definitive work in the genre. ... Pretty in Pink is a popular 1986 film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. ... Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The humour in the film is aimed more at teenage boys, and centers around the fantasy of creating the “perfect woman”. Similarly, the comedy is broader and raunchier than in other Hughes films, and there are no strong teenage female characters.


Despite this, the film shares some themes common to all of Hughes' classic teen films. Examples of these include the virtue of being true to oneself, the value of friendship and the difficulties faced by those who are different.


TV series

Main article: Weird Science (TV series)

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 Angel as Lisa, Michael Manasseri as Wyatt, John Mallory Asher as Gary, and Lee Tergesen as Chet. Weird Science was a mid-1990s American TV comedy series, a spin-off of the 1985 movie of the same name. ... Weird Science was a mid-1990s American TV comedy series, a spin-off of the 1985 movie of the same name. ... The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Biographies. ... Michael Manasseri (born 28 February 1974 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Wyatt Donnelly in the TV series Weird Science (1994). ... John Mallory Asher (born on 13 January 1971) is an American actor, director, writer and cinematographer. ... Lee Tergesen (born July 8, 1965 in Ivoryton, Connecticut) is an American actor. ...


External links

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