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Weird Science (1985)



Critic Consensus: Hardly in the same league as John Hughes' other teen movies, the resolutely goofy Weird Science nonetheless gets some laughs via its ridiculous premise and enjoyable performances.

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John Hughes's third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play the wannabe hipster Gary and his nebbish weak-willed best friend, Wyatt, a pair of high-school geeks who are hapless with members of the opposite sex. Using Wyatt's computer, they create what they believe is the ideal woman. A lightning storm brings that woman to life, and she takes the form of Kelly Le Brock. Lisa sets about building their self-confidence, but trouble begins brewing when Wyatt's cruel, military-minded older brother, Chet (Bill Paxton), begins to realize that something is not as it should be. Hughes would finish his cycle of high-school themed films with his next movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Vernon Wells
as Lord General
Michael Berryman
as Mutant Biker
Ann Coyle
as Carmen
John Kapelos
as Kandy Bar Owner
Jill Whitlow
as Perfume Salesgirl
Theodocia Goodrich
as Lingerie Saleswoman
Wallace Langham
as The Weeny
Johnny Timko
as The Weeny
Mikul Robins
as The Weeny
Darren Harris
as The Weeny
Babette Props
as The Weeny
Michael Cramer
as The Weeny
Todd Hoffman
as The Weeny
D'Mitch Davis
as Bartender
Mary Steelsmith
as Girls in Bathroom
Robin Frohman
as Girls in Bathroom
Alison Carole Lowe
as Girl in Upside-down Bathroom
Kym Malin
as Girl Playing Piano
Jeff Jenson
as Metal Face
Prince A. Hughes
as Party Guest
Rick LeFevour
as Policeman
Rock Walker
as Policeman
Prince Hughes
as Party Guest
Joe Gieb
as Blob Operator
Kevin Thompson (II)
as Blob Operator
Doug MacHugh
as Wyatt's Father
Pamela Gordon
as Wyatt's Mother
Phillip Borsos
as Candy Bar Owner (uncredited)
Steve James
as Guy at Table
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Critic Reviews for Weird Science

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6)

The movie is the latest in the "Wouldn't it be neat if . . .?" school of movies.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Weird Science veers off into a typical coming-of-age saga without exploring any of the psychological territory it lightly sails over in the early going.

February 27, 2008 | Full Review…

A mildly dirty reworking of love, popularity and wild times, this is John Hughes' scrappiest film to date, but it redeems its tastelessness and stupidity by being fairly funny most of the time.

February 27, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is ordinary stuff that's aged about as well as Mitchell-Smith's clunky computer.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even 14-year-old boys may find it heavy sledding.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Weird Science combines two great traditions in popular entertainment: Inflamed male teenage fantasies and Frankenstein's monster.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Weird Science


Remember those awkward teenage years? Well if you don't here's a work that'll fully immerse you in all those forgotten feelings of being out-of-place. Penned and directed by John Hughes it's a cross between Bewitched and Frankenstein wherein two youths fabricate their dream woman on a computer and she comes to life, complete with a full set of do anything powers. It's really bad/sad, the stretches Hughes makes, all in the name of wish fulfillment for 12 to 14 years olds boys. You will feel awkward again ... just watching it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A funny and remarkable comedy. Very adolescent level, but still a good entertainment. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


"Weird Science" is as dumb as it's title suggests, but in the best way possible. John Hughes, before making the classic films that he did, strted off with this film, and to me, it hit much more than it missed. As two unpopluar high school boys decide to build the perfect girlfriend out of a computer, all hell will eventually break loose. I thought this film was extremely fun for what it was, but the script was pretty lame at times. However, for that reason alone, I actually lied the movie even more. I will never call this a great film, but I did really like it. It's humour is juvenile, it's plot is just the same, and the performances by the kids are hilarious to watch. In the end, I found myself laughing really hard, so in my eyes that warrants a big recommendation.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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