Real Genius

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

'80s college comedy with some sex jokes, cursing.

PG 1985 106 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 10+

80s classic

Great 80s classic!
age 12+

Positive messages about smart kids

A great study of the angst and alienation of gifted kids. If you have any kids who are worried about being too smart, then it's a good movie to watch. On the surface, "Chris" appears to be shallow, apathetic, and hedonistic; throwing away his incredible talents. He's the perfect foil for "Mitch", a shy, awkward and lonely prodigy, who takes things far too seriously. Mitch learns to lighten up. Chris learns to take some responsibility, at one point pulling Mitch out of his shell: "When you're smart, people need you." Together, they stand up to bullies, fight against evil applications of technology, and pull off some hilarious science pranks along the way. There's a lot of sexual references and innuendo -- since it's an 80's movie. But nothing like the gratuitous nudity and appalling female objectification in "Revenge of the Nerds". It will get a few giggles from young teens, but nothing you'll need to shield them from or have adult discussions about. The more religious among you may object to the humor in Chris impersonating God as part of an intricate prank. I thought it was hilarious, but just to let you know.

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Great messages
Too much sex

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