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Real Genius (1985)

Val Kilmer , Gabriel Jarret , Martha Coolidge  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Jon Gries
  • Directors: Martha Coolidge
  • Writers: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Pj Torokvei
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Robert Daley, Sam Crespi-Horowitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065U1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Real Genius" on IMDb

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When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America's number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own ... Chris' closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, dismantle a nerd's car and reassemble it in his room, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military and convinces the professor that it doesn't pay to fool with a Real Genius!

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Underrated Comedies of All Time April 10, 2002
Format:DVD
"Real Genius", along with Amy Heckerling's brilliant "Johnny Dangerously", is one of those comedies that never seemed to grasp the audience of other famous '80s flicks like "Caddyshack" or "Back to School". Well, now that it's on DVD, it's a perfect time to see what you've been missing.
"Real Genius" is a simple story really. It's about a 15-year-old whiz named Mitch who goes off to this technology school, where's he's forced to fit in with all of the other brainiacs who spend most of their time simply being smart. While there, he meets up with fellow genius Chris Knight, played with full gusto by Val Kilmer. Chris and Mitch are hand-picked by their professor and head genius, Jerry Hathaway, to lead a team of students that will develop a laser. Seemingly harmless, the team later learns that Hathaway has his own agenda for the laser (actually, the military's agenda), and they attempt to spoil the plot as only really smart kids can.
Mitch and Chris' on-screen chemistry works, simply because as Chris puts it, "I was just like you." Kilmer's Chris Knight is the rebel of the group, scheming against the brown-nosing Kent and causing Hathaway's major headaches throughout the film. Kilmer's facial expressions are some of the best of the decade, and he's got some classic lines to boot. It's too bad Kilmer went on to things like "The Saint". His best work is in "Real Genius". Consider this: When Hathaway tells him he needs to be "seeing more of him at the lab," Kilmer replies, "Fine. I'll gain weight." Oh yeah, comedy baby.
So if you haven't seen "Real Genius" yet, I urge you to rent the DVD when it arrives. And make sure you're eating popcorn.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars college should be like this March 15, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Real Genius is definitely a great film. I don't know that I would say it is Kilmer's best, but it does show off his considerable comic talent, and I consider it one of his best.
It is a delightful college romp with geeks aplenty, and the humor is a lot classier than Animal House, which is another good college flick. It is full of subtle and not so subtle satire on society, such as the botched saying ("like shooting ducks in a barrel") in the slick video boardroom presentation for the weapon concept, and the remark from one general after hearing about having a working weapon system by June - "Don't ask me, I haven't had a working weapon system since Korea."
I can't add anything about the Cal Tech trivia, but it did seem to me that the limo used for the weapon test looked an awful lot like JFK's ill-fated Dallas limo. Veiled commentary about the Military-Industrial Complex?
There is, of course, lots of geek/college humor, but nothing really gross. The sexual humor and references are pretty light, well handled, and fit in with the story. The humor covers the social commentary well, and the film makes its statements without preaching. It is a film I recommend to all students entering college. It is also one of those films that I watch regularly to boost my spirits and have a good time. It reminds one not to take onself too seriously. Highly recommended.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best College Comedy EVER August 16, 2002
Format:DVD
Maybe it's just that I was in college when this film came out, maybe it's that I'm a big Val Kilmer fan, but whatever the reason, Real Genius is one of the funniest films ever made. It contains what I consider to be the single funniest line ever put on film ("Was it a dream where you see yourself in sort of sun God robes on a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you? Why am I the only person that has that dream?"). The mostly never heard from again cast (aside from Kilmer and Atherton) does a great job, and Martha Coolidge directs her best effort with a perfect contemporary soundtrack (though another reviewer is *definitely* right about the music being mixed far higher than the dialog). All of that said, it is an incredible crime against all people my age (mid to late 30s) that this DVD has **NO** features. An interview or commentary by Kilmer would be a must (not to mention director Coolidge). Kilmer told *great* stories at the time about his research for the role with the brainiacs at Pepperdine ... those should be ON THE DVD. What is it about these studio people that they don't get the whole point of the DVD medium. Putting just the film on DVD makes the studio look stupid, makes it clear they don't care about the film, and it's insulting to those of us who have been anxiously awaiting this release.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite all the makeup February 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Great acting, excellent cinematography, punchy script (Pat Proft, Neal Israel, et al.). Wonderful cameo by Severn Darden. Great acting by a young cast, many of whom were only seen in movies 2-3 years before and after REAL GENIUS. Those who remained in the spotlight: Val Kilmer (of course), Jon Gries, William Atherton.
I wish they would release this with deleted scenes, montage scenes with instrumental music restored with original dialog, full aspect ratio, separate soundtrack and incidental music, on DVD. The incidental music and every pop song used in the soundtrack was perfect.
Aside from the excessive use of makeup, the occasional grammatical slip by an actor, and other minor gaffes this is a near perfect movie. There is a quality to this movie that certainly says, "80s"--the movie-in-a-movie at the beginning which used models in space, to the soundtrack, clothing, cars, thematics, etc.--but it is still enduring.
I wish Martha Coolidge would oversee the transfer of a print to DVD. She is a great director and this stellar example of her work should not go out of print!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
I'm not a big fan of Val Kilmer, but he did a good job in this one. I know this is one of his much earlier movies so I will cut him some slack on the inexperienced acting. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kyle F
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
throw back to the 80's when life was fun
Published 17 days ago by Ken R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Val Kilmer is best at comedy
Val Kilmer is best at comedy, and this movie proves that. Great story with great jokes, you'll have to watch it several times to get the smart jokes and subtle humor. Read more
Published 19 days ago by tagoode
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Movies as a Kid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by Kime
3.0 out of 5 stars My feel-good, go-to movie in college
This was one of my "feel-good, go-to" movies when I was in college. Yes, it has college humor, yes it's dated, and yes it's corny.... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Susan Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
One of the best movies ever!
Published 27 days ago by Sarah Almond
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic college flick centered around the "geek" factor
Great classic college flick centered around the "geek" factor. A group of incredible intellects that are still grasping the edge of puberty taken advantage of by greedy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I loved this show growing up ... and now my children are watching it. It is a very cute movie.
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