A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
College at its wildest: Binge drinking, cigarette smoking, drugs, and casual sex. Bullies try to destroy harmless nerds; both sides cheat to win school's contest; nerds peep on naked sorority girls using video cameras; nerd poses as jock to have sex with sorority girl. Negative stereotypes of jocks, frat boys and sorority girls, nerds, Asians, gays, African Americans, overweight girls, marching band members, and others. Positive messages: underdog nerds band together to fight jocks (David vs. Goliath); nerds prove it's cool to be smart. Main theme promotes tolerance and understanding.
Violence & Scariness
A lot of semi-violent, cartoonish practical jokes and retaliation: jocks trash nerds' house, nerds sprinkle stinging chemical on jocks' jocks, jocks drop nerd off rooftop, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of making out and heavy petting scenes; full female nudity; partial male nudity (in a mooning scene); voyeurism; sexual intercourse assumed but not shown.
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Occasional use of "s--t," "f--k," "asshole," "goddamn," "bastard," and "douche-bag."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol in excess, plus cigarette and pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that students binge drink, and smoke cigarettes and pot in this R-rated college movie. There's a strong emphasis on "getting laid" throughout the film, which includes scenes in which students make out and engage in heavy petting. The panty raid scene includes full female nudity, and the frat boys expose their bare behinds in a mooning scene. The nerds install hidden video cams in a sorority house so they can watch them undress. Profanity isn't excessive, but a few bad words and suggestive phrases are uttered. There's no bloody violence, but much of the story line centers on getting revenge. There are many stereotypes targeting Asians, gays, fat girls, and more. The story shows the unfair treatment of people considered outsiders, and in the end, emphasizes the acceptance of outsiders. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
REVENGE OF THE NERDS mirrors National Lampoon's Animal House, with one retaliation scene after another. But there's something decidedly different here: the nerds are really nice guys, which gives this film a more heartwarming vibe. While the story has heart and Gilbert, Lewis, and the rest of the nerds are likable, this film is definitely "college kids gone wild." There's plenty of binge drinking, sex talk, making out, nudity, foul language, and a little pot smoking. While the nerds use their smarts to get back at the jocks, they also cheat in a competition. None of the characters are shown studying or attending classes.
Stereotypes abound, and there's rampant bad behavior, sure, but there's a strong positive message about acceptance to enjoy, too. Unlike the protagonists in Animal House, the heroes in this film are sweet, smart guys who just want to be treated with the respect they deserve. The story shows the unfair treatment of people considered outsiders, and in the end, emphasizes the acceptance of outsiders.
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