Movies From the Hat V #42 – Todd’s Pick – Real Genius (1985)

This is my 2991st Review

Thanks to Todd of Forgotten Films for this recommendation.


“Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, “… I drank what?” ” – Chris

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A group of gifted students at a college try to have fun while working on a top secret government project.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had always heard about, but for some reason never saw it despite having heard about some of the very iconic scenes depicted.

This film was quite fun to watch despite it being total unbelieveable.

They did a nice job of creating a story that feels like a cross between Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Wargames (1983) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1985).

There are elements from each of those films used here and despite this not being as great as they are, they still do a fine job here.

When thinking about it in 2017, Val Kilmer doesn’t really fit the lead role very well, but 33 years ago, things must have been perceived differently because he wasn’t as established an actor as he is now.

The characters have some great pranks and antics that they pull here which makes this film quite enjoyable to watch.

William Atherton once again is perfect in the villain role that he mad eso popular during the 80’s.

Bottom Line – Fun film that feels like a cross between Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Wargames (1983) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1985).  Kilmer seems strange in the lead role but probably was better received in the part thirty plus years ago.  The antics by the characters are enjoyable, but the plot is a bit silly despite it’s entertainment value.  Atherton is once again perfect for the villainous role he plays here, like in most of his 80’s appearances. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Laslo Hollyfeld (Jon Gries) sends in a large number of entries to the Frito-Lay contest, he is mirroring the actions of Caltech students Steve Klein, Dave Novikoff and Barry Megdal, who, in 1974, used a similar strategy to win a McDonald’s sweepstakes. Their entries came to roughly 1/5th of the total entries and won them a station wagon, $3,000 cash and $1,500 in food gift certificates (From IMDB)

Rating –  Globe Worthy


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3 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat V #42 – Todd’s Pick – Real Genius (1985)

  1. I watched this film myself not too long ago–surprisingly I don’t recall seeing it in the ’80s. I suppose it was an enjoyable film on some level, but I had a problem with its anti-intellectualism. Essentially it’s a stupid person’s idea of what smart people are like and what they do. Normally this kind of thing doesn’t bother me a lot in movies–it’s not like I go searching for it to grind an ax–but for some reason in this film it really stuck out to me.

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