Two unpopular nerds somehow create the perfect woman, who then
proceeds to transform them into the most popular kids in town.
Weird Science (1985)
Written and Directed by John Hughes
Starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler
Weird Science is a strange film that is definitely one of John Hughes's weakest creations. That isn't to say the film is bad. It's almost like the film is a parody of itself, with unlikable characters and a ridiculous premise that is pretty much doomed to fail.
I will give credit where credit is due. Anthony Michael Hall proved yet again why he is the king of 80's teen comedies, with his costar Ilan Mitchell-Smith doing his best to keep up with him. Kelly LeBrock does a fantastic job of playing Lisa, the perfect woman. Her character is really the only character in the film who isn't either annoying or just plain horrible. I did like that instead of only sexualizing her, Hughes wrote her as an intelligent and charming woman who wants only to see these two boys succeed. If she had been just a brainless bimbo, this film would most likely be considered one of the worst films of the decade.
I didn't really find Weird Science to be all that funny, but it does have its moments. It's more of a social commentary in regards to high school status and popular definitions of beauty, which I respect. It's easy to see why this film has become a cult classic and I'm sure for fans of 80's hits, it's a great deal of fun. I, however, was slightly disappointed.