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Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 2 August 1985 (USA)
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Two high school nerds use a computer program to literally create the perfect woman, but she turns their lives upside down.

Director:

John Hughes

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Gary Wallace
Kelly LeBrock ... Lisa
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Wyatt Donnelly
Bill Paxton ... Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyder ... Deb
Judie Aronson ... Hilly
Robert Downey Jr. ... Ian (as Robert Downey)
Robert Rusler ... Max
Vernon Wells ... Lord General
Britt Leach ... Al Wallace
Barbara Lang Barbara Lang ... Lucy Wallace
Michael Berryman ... Mutant Biker
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Henry Donnelly
Ann Coyle Ann Coyle ... Carmen Donnelly (as Anne Bernadette Coyle)
Suzy J. Kellems Suzy J. Kellems ... Gymnast
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Storyline

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. Written by Jeff Ranous <uslwsjgr@ibmmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you can't get a date, make one! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weird Science See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,895,421, 4 August 1985

Gross USA:

$23,834,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,934,048
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey, Jr. would later work together in the 1985-86 season of Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »

Goofs

Right before Ian and Max drop the Icee on Wyatt and Gary, the cup is filled well over the top. Seconds later when they pour it, the level of the liquid in the cup has dropped considerably. The amount of Icee that hits Gary and Wyatt is much more than even the full cup could hold, yet after pouring it the cup is thrown down on their heads and appears to still have quite a bit in it. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: I can be a real serious bitch if I don't get what I want.
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Alternate Versions

The home video version plays Oingo Boingo's 'Weird Science' as Lisa ascends the mall escalator while all other versions (theatrical and TV) play 'Pretty Woman'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 12 Monkeys: Legacy (2018) See more »

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Forever
Performed by Taxxi
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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John Hughes and Dr. Seuss
7 August 2000 | by FalkeepSee all my reviews

During most of the 1980s, I was working in or running movie theatres. I showed this movie and previewed it before it even opened. The one thing which struck me upon first viewing it was that it is essentially a teen-age version of Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat", right down to the house being magically cleaned up and the last piece of furniture sliding into place just as the parents return home to find everything as they left it. I always wondered if Hughes borrowed the plot on purpose or if he wrote Weird Science without realizing it's commonalities with one of the best loved children's story of all times. Anyone have opinions on that?


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