Weird Science

Weird Science

4.8 5
Director: John Hughes

Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock


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John Hughes' third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Anthony Michael Hall and …  See more details below


John Hughes' third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play the wannabe hipster Gary and his nebbish weak-willed best friend, Wyatt, a pair of high-school geeks who are hapless with members of the opposite sex. Using Wyatt's computer, they create what they believe is the ideal woman. A lightning storm brings that woman to life, and she takes the form of Kelly Le Brock. Lisa sets about building their self-confidence, but trouble begins brewing when Wyatt's cruel, military-minded older brother, Chet (Bill Paxton), begins to realize that something is not as it should be. Hughes would finish his cycle of high-school themed films with his next movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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All Movie Guide
Along with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Weird Science helped establish John Hughes as king of '80s teenybopper comedy, though this immature, wish-fulfillment fantasy is clearly meant for the boys. Given his first opportunity to really carry a movie, Anthony Michael Hall does not disappoint, playing the kind of smart-alecky loveable loser that everyone knew back in high school. Ilan-Mitchell Smith, never really heard from again after this movie, is the more sensitive half of the underdog pair, who have a great time learning from the English babe (Kelly LeBrock) they improbably conceive through a combination of computer programs and glamour magazine cut-outs. Unapologetically sophomoric, the film earns its enduring appeal with a number of gonzo set pieces, most notably the climactic party that's interrupted by a biker gang out of Mad Max, which Gary and Wyatt must overcome to win their keep. Weird Science throws together a goofy mixture of sci-fi, teenage sex fantasy, and high school satire to earn guilty grins from beginning to end. As in his other hits from this era, Hughes' screenplay is endlessly quotable. Credit also goes to the memorable supporting performances turned in by Robert Downey Jr., offering up an early version of his trademark dismissive flamboyance; Britt Leach and Barbara Lang as Gary's hilariously spellbound parents; and, in a scene-stealing turn that's assumed classic status, Bill Paxton as Chet, Wyatt's bullying military brother, who takes sadistic pleasure in making the boys squirm.

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Performance Credits
Anthony Michael Hall Gary
Ilan Mitchell-Smith Wyatt
Kelly LeBrock Lisa
Bill Paxton Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyder Deb
Judie Aronson Hilly
Robert Downey Ian
Robert Rusler Max
Jackie Burch Actor
Syzy J. Kellems Gymnast
Vince Monroe Townsend Bar Patron
Chino "Fats" Williams Bar Patron
Vernon Wells Lord General
Britt Leach Al
Barbara Lang Lucy
Michael Berryman Mutant Biker
Ivor Barry Henry
Anne Bernadette Coyle Carmen
John Kapelos Candy Bar Owner
Jill Whitlow Perfume Salesgirl
Theodocia Goodrich Lingerie Saleswoman
Wally Ward Weenie
Johnny Timko Weenie
Mikul Robins Weenie
Darren Harris Weenie
Renee Props Weenie
Michael Cramer Weenie
Todd Hoffman Weenie
D'Mitch Davis Bartender
Mary Steelsmith Girl in Bathroom
Robin Frohman Girl in Bathroom
Alison Carole Lowe Girl in Upside Down Bathroom
Kym Malin Girl Playing Piano
Jennifer Balgobin Biker Girl
Jeff Jensen Metal Face
Prince Hughes Party Guest
Rick LeFevour Policeman
Rock Walker Policeman
Joe Gieb Blob Operator
Kevin Thompson Blob Operator
Doug MacHugh Wyatt's Father
Pamela Gordon Wyatt's Mother
Phillip Borsos Candy Bar Owner (uncredited)
Fred D. Scott Bar Patron
Steve James Guy at Table

Technical Credits
John Hughes Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
James Allen Art Director
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Jackie Burch Casting
John W. Corso Production Designer
Jerry Evans Choreography
Michael Germain Makeup
Doug Hubbard Special Effects
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Henry M. Lebo Camera Operator
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Roger Lifsey Special Effects
Henry Millar Special Effects
Mike Millar Special Effects
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Joel Silver Producer
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Richard Thompson Special Effects
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott James Wallace Editor
Mark Warner Editor

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