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.
This movie is only dated by the music being used and the fact that Val Kilmer is not that actor that can portray that spry individual anymore. But man is it still fun!
Val Kilmer plays Chris Knight, a prodigy who doesn’t take life seriously anymore. Gabriel Jarret plays Mitch Taylor, one of the youngest individuals to be accepted at this prestigious universities. Chris teaches Mitch how to let loose and not take life so seriously. Mitch teaches Chris that responsibility doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Together they learn that doing the right thing is more important that doing what they are told.
Val Kilmer is amazing in this movie. Gabriel Jarret was chosen very well for the part they were trying to portray. It’s too bad they misspelled his name in the credits. Jon Gries is awesome in anything he does! Seriously, go watch anything he’s done and tell me he isn’t magnificent in it! And of course they cast William Atherton as the villain, because that’s what he played in every movie back then; Ghostbusters, Real Genius, and Die Hard, just to name a few.
I couldn’t really identify with Mitch’s character. I think growing up, we always fantasize about being a Chris Knight, not a Mitch Taylor. But it is nice to see him succeed, especially considering he worked so hard. Lazlo is where it’s at though. My man built a tunnel system in the college, without them knowing, and calculated the winning percentage of prizes from the Frito Lay contest. That dude is awesome! That was the first movie I remember seeing that promoted the idea that you could be cool and be smart. Revenge of the Nerds was good, but they were still nerds. So Real Genius helped teach that you didn’t have to sacrifice being smart to be cool.
Overall, this is a really good movie. As of this post, it’s on Netflix. So you won’t have to hunt too far to find it. Watch it, enjoy it, and then reminisce about it with your friends, or with strangers on the internet.