HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Ladyworld
Rocketman
Kid Who Would Be King, The
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
America America
Darkest Minds, The
Along Came Jones
Hummingbird Project, The
Under the Table You Must Go
Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War
Hanging Tree, The
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
Itsy Bitsy
Witchmaker, The
Prey, The
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Happy Death Day 2U
Full Moon High
Strange But True
Kamikaze 1989
Never Grow Old
Time of Your Life, The
Mountain Men, The
Epic
Best Before Death
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Isabelle
Non-Stop New York
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood
Oblomov
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
Ibiza Undead
Wings of Eagles, The
Beats
Body Parts
Shock of the Future, The
Friday
   
 
Newest Articles
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
   
 
  Revenge of the Nerds Chasing StatusBuy this film here.
Year: 1984
Director: Jeff Kanew
Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Brian Tochi, Julia Montgomery, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Matt Salinger, Donald Gibb, James Cromwell, David Wohl, John Goodman, Bernie Casey
Genre: Comedy
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine) goes to visit his best friend Gilbert Lowell (Anthony Edwards) because today's the day that they head off to college, and although Gilbert is reluctant to get out of bed due to nerves, Lewis persuades him and soon his father (James Cromwell) is driving them both to Adams College at sensible speed. However, when they get there and grapple with their luggage to get it up to their room in the freshman dorm, all their dreams of becoming as popular here as they were unpopular in high school come crashing down when the cry goes up from the jocks: "NERDS!"

Nobody expected much from this even before it was made, with many of the cast signing up merely for the work and not due to any great faith in the script. It certainly didn't sound too great a proposition, sending up the post-Porky's teen sex comedy with the underdogs getting one over on the bullies instead of the other way around, but that simple plot (and it was really simple) somehow caught the imagination of the public and it turned into a surprise success. This could have been down to the fact that the nerds of the title had pretty much the same concerns as the jocks in the other works designed to cash in on the benchmark of such things, Animal House.

Yes, just because they were studious and in no way cool, didn't mean that they didn't have a fully operational libido, so what nerds like to think about when they don't have their faces buried in a computer screen is sex and how to get it. Actually, in this hardly any studying is seen at all, as if college was one long party alternating with the lows of social embarrassment, which to be fair was how it was often portrayed in movies like this one, so the intelligence of the main characters has to show up in other ways; after all, simply showing minute after minute of the nerds attending to their essays might have illustrated their revenge in that they got better jobs at the end of their academic career, but this demanded more immediate retribution.

When the jocks burn down their fraternity house in a typically moronic drinking game, they turf the freshmen out of their building and all those who are not accepted elsewhere are the nerds of the title, stuck in the gym for the duration. But they feel a sense of solidarity, this misfit group, who include Lewis and Gilbert, along with Curtis Armstrong's career-defining Booger (a natural descendent of John Belushi's Bluto), a child prodigy (Andrew Cassese who gets one big laugh with a camera look), a gay African-American (Larry B. Scott doing his best with unpromising material), Poindexter (an unrecognisable Timothy Busfield) and the Japanese chap (Brian Tochi). They don't look like much, but ladies and gentlemen these are our heroes.

This is actually far funnier than it had any right to be, apparently aiming for the lowest common denominator in that it never makes up its mind whether it's laughing at or with the geeks, and finally settles on both. It may not be the most sidesplitting comedy around, but it does generate a steady stream of chuckles and even the odd belly laugh - see Lewis's choice of music for Bernie Casey's fraternity governor who they wish to join up with, even though it's mainly for the advancement of black students of which only Scott's Lamar really counts. The humour may be broad, but it is amusing enough to forgive the fact that the call for a nerd revolution at the finale wasn't going to happen any time soon, yet such optimism was not out of place when the leads were so ingenious in their methods of gaining their self respect in the face of boorish behaviour, even if they're almost fighting fire with fire at times - imagine if Lewis hadn't been so satisfying to cheerleader Betty (Julia Montgomery). That's a court case waiting to happen right there. Music by Thomas Newman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3442 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: