June 7, 2011

Revenge of the Nerds - 1984

Director: Jeff Kanew
Writers: Jeff Buhai, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias
Starring: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong, Timothy Busfield

"I just wanted to say that I'm a nerd, and I'm here tonight to stand up for the rights of other nerds. I mean uh, all our lives we've been laughed at and made to feel inferior. And tonight, those bastards, they trashed our house. Why? Cause we're smart? Cause we look different? Well, we're not. I'm a nerd, and uh, I'm pretty proud of it." Upon having their residence burned down by the Alpha Betas, the head fraternity on campus, Lewis (Carradine) and Gilbert (Edwards) lead a ragtag band of misfits in an attempt to gain mass social acceptance.

This is one of those classics I've just now gotten around to seeing, so there's only so much I can say that hasn't been said in the past quarter century. I first heard about this movie via I Love the 80s, so naturally I knew a lot plotwise going into it...and it didn't matter one iota. The performances are great, and while the script had promise, a lot of the best lines were apparently ad-libbed. Aside from the leads, you've got a nice supporting role from John Goodman, and even a brief appearance from a younger James Cromwell. The only bad parts of this movie in my opinion would be the raging stereotypes of the Asian and homosexual characters; it dates the film and seems outright offensive through modern eyes. Then again, I'm sure it's preferable on the whole to the remake that thankfully got scrapped recently. A

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