Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.
Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even.Written by
The "liquid nitrogen" coins have baffled viewers for many years, and are considered by many to be a goof. However, the very first draft of the script shows that it wasn't an error. The thermos contains liquid nitrogen, which in turn contains a column of super-cooled CO2 (dry ice), which is what Chris uses in the vending machine. See more »
When Mitch discovers the secret passage to Lazlo's hideout, it is after Lazlo went into it and disappeared. As Mitch opens the panel to find it, a car is there to take him to it. Problem is, there's only one track and one car. Also, the amount of time it takes the car to travel to it is so long that even if Lazlo sent the car back (which would be the only reason the car would be there after he went down there and a highly unlikely thing if he's technically the only one who knows about it or is the only one who goes there) it wouldn't return so fast as to be there for Mitch to see and get into, considering he found the passage only mere minutes after Lazlo went that way. See more »
Well, I guess it goes from God, to Jerry, to you... to the cleaners. Right, Kent?
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In one pan-and-scan version, when Jordan looks through the hole the laser made through a tree, the camera stays on her while another pan-and-scan version cuts aside to Chris for his line and to catch him turning his head when she says, "Look!" See more »
All She Wants to Do Is Dance
Written by Danny Kortchmar (uncredited)
Performed by Don Henley
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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The Real Genius is the writers...
This movie is an incredible display of verbal byplay, interplay, and foreplay, and Pat Proft (of Naked Gun and Hot Shots fame) writes some of the funniest dialogue ever. But give credit to Val Kilmer: he hits every line perfectly (see lots and lots of Quotes). Even the minor characters get their moment in the spotlight, and the plot isn't dumbed down for the audience. If this isn't what happens at M.I.T. and similar institutes, you wish it did...and that you could sign up. Only Gabriel Jarrett comes across as a bit weak, but the rest of the cast bolsters him up.
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