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Real Genius (1985) Movie Information

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Comedy, Adventure





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Martha Coolidge


Val Kilmer
Gabriel Jarret
Patti D'Arbanville
William Atherton
Jon Gries
Michelle Meyrink





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A genius student needs to make an amazing laser breakthrough in order to graduate from college. But what is this technology going to be used for when it is done?

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sapien 03/24/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is actually a really great anti-war movie. Also, am I the only one who found the female genius attractive?

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serioussir 05/08/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Loved this in the 80s when it came out. Val Kilmer's character is funny and rebellious. The plot is ridiculous but it's full of funny moments. It's worth watching just for Kilmer.

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Allison 11/16/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I always get this movie confused with Weird Science. I guess Real Genius was okay, but largely forgettable.

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Josh C 07/21/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Pretty funny, Val Kilmer is great. A classic 80's movie that is both ridiculous and creative. If you like Revenge of the Nerds or Weird Science you will love this movie.

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01/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the great, underrated Eighties movies.

Mitch is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He's partnered up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyper-kinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius is. When their final, functional laser is stolen by their teacher for a military weapon, they decide to get even.

Twenty-four years after its release, Real Genius continues to be able to entertain and maintain its unique sense of genius comedy that has yet to go out of style nor be copied or surpassed. Val Kilmer in one of his first movie performances demonstrates a relaxed and expanded talent to deli...

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