Weird Science

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Guilty-pleasure '80s horny-geek sci-fi sex comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 1985
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The whole weekend of carousing, rule-breaking, illicit drinking, and (possibly) underage sex is supposedly engineered by Lisa as a character-building exercise to help mature the two friendless, nerdy teens, and there is lip-service given to the moral that you don't need hot automobiles, trophy babes, and apocalyptic parties to be cool guys who can get dates. Funny, though, there would not have been much of a movie without those ingredients. Pointing a big gun at some marauders and speeding/shaking off pursuers in a dangerous police car-chase are upheld as positive growth.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As was customary in John Hughes' films, parents/grownups are portrayed as idiots, compared to the clever and smart-alecky kids (though a bullying older brother is also presented as one of the most vile characters imaginable). Stereotypes of initially menacing urban blacks in a blues-type saloon. While the synthetic Lisa continually states her slavelike obedience to the two boys who created her, she's also the strongest and smartest of any character onscreen (rather more so than the "real" females too).

Violence

A loaded gun is brandished more than once, chiefly against a quartet of punk-mutant villains who commit acts of mayhem and vandalism. Reckless driving, including a car chase (against police) that races to beat pursuers to a train crossing. "Wedgies" and other teen-torture bullying.

Sex

Full-profile nudity in a girl losing all her clothes in a whirlwind. Toplessness on a computer screen (a wire-frame schematic, of ever-growing female breasts) and porn-magazine layouts. Euphemistic talk of masturbation. Sex is a preoccupation with the male heroes, beginning with their leering stares at a "gymnastics class" of shapely schoolgirls. After conjuring the obedient fantasy-figure Lisa, the nerds are so nervous that they can't perform sexually, keeping clothes on and hands at sides while showering with her. It's unclear whether the guys have actually had intercourse with two (mortal) girlfriends -- or just cuddled with them in bed overnight (though the intended audience will probably assume they "scored").

Language

"S--t" is used repeatedly, plus "asshole," "bitch," "dickweed," and a few others.

Consumerism

A plethora of product labels, including beer, magazines such as Playboy, and major retail chains, the status-symbol Porsche and Ferrari automobiles (plus a pink Cadillac), and the board game Life.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this popular '80s comedy -- an early recipient of the new PG-13 rating -- has frequent adolescent sex, booze, and boob and drug jokes. Two main characters are lust-driven and manage to create a beautiful artificial woman as a sex-fantasy plaything -- but they are unsuccessful in their timid efforts to get something started with her and end up treating the bombshell more like a big sister. There are scenes of underage drinking (as a bonding exercise with threatening black males), much swearing (usually the s-word), and cavalier behavior with cars and a gun. Nudity includes a girl who loses all her clothes (in profile) in a windstorm, and a schematic of bare breasts on a PC monitor. Recreational drugs are briefly mentioned.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNo drugs chirren May 19, 2020

Anthony Michael Hall is such a hunk

This movie is quite a good one and so is Anthony Michael hall. The way he looks in this movie is quite fetching definitely recommend for all you girls to watch... Continue reading
Adult Written byPizza G. May 27, 2017

Sex-driven absurdist comedy lives up to the first half of its name

Weird Science is, hence its title, incredibly strange. While often funny, it exemplifies questionable morals and objectifies women. Euphemisms for sex and mastu... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 15, 2020

Great, but definitely for an older audience.

This movie was great. It was a funny and raunchy. The rating definitely suprised me considering it had lots of nudity. As well it had the words sh!t and f*ggot... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach June 2, 2020

One of my favorite sci fi movies

The back to the future trilogy is my favorite and this is my second.

What's the story?

Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) are sex-starved 15-year-old schoolmates, disliked, dateless, and continually bullied. With Wyatt's parents away for the weekend, Gary sleeps over at Wyatt's suburban-Illinois mansion, where the movie Frankenstein gives them an idea. Using Wyatt's new computer the lonely guys input data and pinup clips that materialize a gorgeous, eroticized woman (Kelly Le Brock) out of thin air. The creation, named Lisa, shows magical powers and attributes rather like a mythical genie, but she also has her own strong will, as she takes the two reluctant nerds on a fun-filled weekend that leaves them stronger, more assertive, and with a genuine couple of human girlfriends.

Is it any good?

The pacing here is quick, with most jokes well executed despite the pandering wish-fulfillment, and the good cast takes it over the top agreeably. Teens, the target market, will respond more than mature adults, but when juvenile white geek Anthony Michael Hall drinks in a largely black bar and talks street-jive like an old Chicago bluesman, it's politically incorrect, sure -- but hilarious, even for grownups.

Adolescents flocked to WEIRD SCIENCE, while critics hated this movie from writer-director John Hughes, whose 16 CandlesPretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club seemed a relief from many Porky's-imitations that were all teen sex and revenge. What critics forgot: their messiah had contributed to the lowbrow National Lampoon, and Weird Science springs from that -- outlandish, borderline-tasteless gags aimed at teens and tweaking The Establishment (the nasties in a Hughes movie are commonly adults with classical music playing around them).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the tone of the comedy. How does this relate to John Hughes' more sensitive dramas of teen angst and empowerment, such as The Breakfast Club and 16 Candles?

  • Compare-contrast Weird Science with the underrated S1m0ne, a later and realistic comedy about a man facing unexpected travails when he evokes a "perfect" woman via software. How do kids feel about making idealized "avatars" on social-networking sites and interactive online games?

  • How does this movie compare to modern-day teen sex comedies? Are the jokes here still funny? If the movie was remade, how would it be different now?

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