Mitch is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He’s partnered up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser.
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This film's central conceit - that the student bodies of prestigious technical institutions are just as raucous and hormonal as your average fraternity house - isn't particularly revelatory, but a young Val Kilmer at his most charismatic and irreverent ensures that "Real Genius" places a respectable second in the Kilmer Eighties comedy duology that includes this and "Top Secret." Not bad company to be in.
Coolidge does a good job of taking a very off-beat script (especially for the '80s) to a higher plain. In the end, the mix of genres and tones doesn't always work, but when it does, the film soars. And Val Kilmer's energy and the way he explores the space around him is truly noteworthy.
Surprisingly enjoyable 80s teen comedy. It is incredibly dated, predictable, and often very cheesy - but it's also fresh and original with memorable characters and several generally funny moments. Not any kind of masterpiece, but a very fun movie.
I am sure I was the no.1 user of www.fast-rewind.com for years, but somehow I didn't see this for all the John Hughes. Lo fi, with its own strange humour and negative space and time, with a totally solid story carried by Val at his peak dry ice charisma.