Weird Science
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John Hughes's 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Weird Science veers off into a typical coming-of-age saga without exploring any of the psychological territory it lightly sails over in the early going."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Weird Science combines two great traditions in popular entertainment: Inflamed male teenage fantasies and Frankenstein's monster."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Throw in an infectious Oingo Boingo title tune, LeBrock in the finest fashions the Reagan-era could offer, and intoxicated tales of large-chested, knee-happy ex-girlfriends, and you have yourself one delectable adolescent comedy."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Weird Science is an odd mix of risqué shenanigans, puerile pranks and dubious gender politics. It also happens to be very funny."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Explores some playful male adolescent fantasies."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is ordinary stuff that's aged about as well as Mitchell-Smith's clunky computer."
‑ , Time Out
"Watching Weird Science again in the harsh light of my 20s was like catching up with an old friend who I had recalled as a raucous party animal, but was now clearly a shaky meth addict with no teeth."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Le Brock plays her character with a sense of style and wit, something the rest of Weird Science largely lacks."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Feels like something that Hughes slapped together over the course of one weed-filled weekend. It's a novelty flick, but a fairly funny one ... for the most part."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"Amusing teen trifle on its own merits."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Even 14-year-old boys may find it heavy sledding."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Bouncy and charming, anchored by Hall's finest comic turn for the director and LeBrock's disarmingly easygoing turn as a self-satisfied sex goddess."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A mildly dirty reworking of love, popularity and wild times, this is John Hughes' scrappiest film to date, but it redeems its tastelessness and stupidity by being fairly funny most of the time."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"All those who pine about John Hughes not making teen movies any more should be forced to watch this one again."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Guilty pleasure classic. Anthony Michael Hall's character's drunken rambles hold a shining place in the pop culture hall of fame."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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