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Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nerds triumph in '80s comedy; some sex, profanity, drugs.

Movie PG-13 1987 98 minutes
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The basis of REVENGE OF THE NERDS 2: NERDS IN PARADISE is the juxtaposition of social cluelessness and super intelligence, and that premise is often amusing although not laugh-out-loud funny. The predictability of that cluelessness becomes repetitive after a while, and that fact, coupled with a dependence on the audience's willingness to buy into stereotypes, can make this movie seem overlong and familiar. Flatulence and burping jokes help communicate that the nerds lack social graces, but coarseness is not necessarily an accompaniment to high intelligence. Even the most socially connected and admired frat boys are often depicted as vulgar and coarse in the media, so this movie seems a bit confused regarding stereotypes. Still, it's fun to hear lead characters speak of "parietal lobes," "infinite space," and "reverse polarity" in a comedy.

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