Weird Science

Weird Science

Weird Science

1985. Directed by John Hughes.

There are many films that could be considered iconic, and if you were coming of age during the 1980's, the name John Hughes is most likely part of your DNA. Hughes' genre bending departure from form, Weird Science, is his most creative effort.

Two social outcasts (Anthony Michael Hall & Ilan Mitchell-Smith) decide to create a girl using a computer, brazier headgear rituals, and a dash of Frankenstein for inspiration. Their efforts yield Lisa, the perfect woman who possesses preternatural powers and lives to serve her creators.

Kelly LeBrock as Lisa is the definition of 1980's sex appeal and is the cornerstone of the film, wielding hilarious dialogue and sexual innuendo hand in hand, perfectly simulating the tumultuous and strange teenage relationship experience.

Robert Downey Jr. plays one of the heroes foils, but it is Bill Paxton as Chet that draws attention every time his macho caricature appears to threaten to stop the fun.

Hughes' script hits all of his high notes, and doesn't depart from his standard formula of misfits rising to the occasion and taking the day. What he does different with Weird Science is that he runs his formula through a shredder and then glues it together with science fiction pastiches and comedic noir undertones. There are wasteland bikers, demonic sloth frogs, and fedora wearing bar patrons, all of them circling LeBrock's femme non-fatale.

This film stands the test of time because its scenes are interwoven in a powerful visual manner that allows the viewer to transition from genre to genre with ease. What begins as an underage drinking story of legendary proportions may become a hilarious bathroom encounter in one breath and a post apocalyptic confrontation in another.

You can't help but fall in love with this odd cousin to Hughes' renowned catalogue of high school blues because it is exactly the opposite: A story of humor and ultimately about loving our flaws because its our flaws that make us unique.

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