I had a crush on Kelly LeBrock for about 10 years. She was I think, my first movie celebrity crush and it was all thanks to this single movie. That crush even resulted in me watching a Steven Seagal movie (Hard to Kill) I would have otherwise passed on because she was in it. Weird Science was released in 1985 and as always I’m never really sure where I saw it first, although I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the cinema. I do remember that since I was a nerd, and this was a ‘nerds do nerdy thing but then come good in the end’ movie that I associated with it pretty closely.
It’s a true pre-90’s John Hughes movie (the stuff he did post 1990 mostly sucked or maybe I just grew up) and it’s an iconic example of a whole bunch of stuff I loved from around then. Of course, at the time I didn’t realise that I was watching a load of similar movies, or that these kind of films would spawn franchises like American Pie or one off homages like Road Trip, but they did. If you’re younger than me and you loved American Pie, you should look out for Weird Science and anything John Landis or John Hughes did before 1990.
I just remember that I really fancied Kelly, that the movie was funny and involved computers and had nerds who won against bullies. I didn’t even know they were nerds, or that I was a nerd, just that two kids I could sympathise with won out against the bad guys.
I really need to buy this movie on DVD as soon as possible.
My lasting memory of this film? Any of the scenes with Lisa in them of course. Burned into my memory. She was a miracle of science.