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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)



Critic Consensus: Undeniably lowbrow but surprisingly sly, Revenge of the Nerds has enough big laughs to qualify as a minor classic in the slobs-vs.-snobs subgenre.

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A college fraternity that houses the school's socially awkward, thick-glasses-sporting set decides to exact their revenge on the football players who've repeatedly humiliated them.


Robert Carradine
as Lewis Skolnick
Anthony Edwards
as Gilbert Lowell
Ted McGinley
as Stan Gable
Bernie Casey
as U.N. Jefferson
Timothy Busfield
as Poindexter
Brian Tochi
as Takashi
Jamie Cromwell
as Mr. Skolnick
David Wohl
as Dean Ulich
John Goodman
as Coach Harris
Alice Hirson
as Mrs. Lowe
James Cromwell
as Mr. Skolnick
Roger Carter
as U.N.'s Assistant
Kres Mersky
as Mrs. Wormser
Kelly Reed
as Lap Girl
Fumio Kodama
as Japanese Man
Lance Lombardo
as Lamar's Date
William B. Wilson
as Tough-looking Guy
Carl Cherry
as Tri-Lamb
Adam Frank
as Blonde Nerd
Taylor Samuels
as Plaid Brother
Johnny Cocktails
as Plaid Brother
James Anklam
as Hooded Alpha Beta
Matthew M. Haugh
as Alpha Beta
Lisa Kolasa
as Pi Member
Kay Strunk
as Pi Member
Brian Lover
as Rho-Rho
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Critic Reviews for Revenge of the Nerds

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6)

While much is in the Animal House vein and quite funny, several tasteless episodes mar the film.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

If you've seen Porky's, Animal House, D.C. Cab, or Police Academy, you've seen Nerds. And if you liked the prototypes, you'll like the latest of the genre, low humor and all -- belching, mooning, panty raids, peeping at girls and booger jokes.

October 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Simple-minded romp about a group of freshmen outcasts doesn't qualify for the dean's list, but Revenge of the Nerds shows more than enough smarts to deserve passing grades.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The only worthy successor to Animal House.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Revenge of the Nerds doesn't do much for movies or nerds.

May 17, 2004 | Full Review…

The real secret of this movie's success lies in the charm of its leading men.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Revenge of the Nerds


Like other crass comedies of the '80s about freshmen dying to have sex in college, this movie is obviously supposed to be funny, but the problem is that it is only stupid (not hilarious stupid, just stupid), which is a pity considering its nice message against discrimination.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


During the 80's there have been countless teen comedies that have made their mark. Revenge of the Nerds is a fun and entertaining comedy that has a good plot with effective humor throughout. There are things that could have been improved upon, but overall this is a pleasant comedy that is worth seeing. This is among the better films dealing with college of the 1980's, and it is a film that should be seen if you loved movies like Animal House and Porky's. At times the film does lack, but the characters make it enjoyable to watch and it manages to overcome its flaws due to the interesting characters. Revenge of the Nerds is a good film worth seeing and it is a standout film from the 80's. Although there are some imperfect moments throughout the film, the humor works well enough to keep you interested from start to finish. Animal House is of course the best college comedy, but this film would come in at a close second. There are plenty of good bits here that will surely make you laugh, but I do believe that the film could have used a bit more work in terms of the script, but as a whole it works and this is among the better comedies of this period. This is one of the few college comedies that has some of the most memorable characters and for that, it remains a classic college comedy that will surely entertain you. The cast make it a fun film to watch and it is definitely a fine 80's comedy that will entertain you from start to finish. The story is simple, yet memorable in the long run.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


As far as raunchy college sex comedies go, I think this one falls somehwere on the higher end of the scale, but just slightly above the average mark. It's a good movie, but it doesn't quite have the intelligence or amazingness to be at the level of true satirical brilliance like Animal House. It's a fun movie though, and deep down, I think we can all relate, maybe not to being full on nerds, but to definitely being picked on at some time or another. I myself fully admit to being a nerd, but I object to being compared to the nerds in this film. If anyrhing, these guys aren't really nerds, but super mega geeks and dweebs. Or they are nerds, but they are the stereptypical kind who give us "somewhat normal" nerds a bad name and reputation. This film tries to add a little depth but having some diatribes on being a minority that could have really been potent, but mostly come off as a litle cheesy and pedictable (but in a okay way). There are some parallels to stuff like Civil Rights, but it's played lightly and, being an 80s comedy, there are some jokes that don't really fly nowadays which kinda undercuts what parallels one might try to pull out of it. God, I'm rambling now, and making more out of this than I probably need to. Basically this is the classic stroy of a bunch of marginalized nerds who finally decide to get revenge on the people who make their lives miserable. There's a lot of good moments, most of them really silly, but some of the jokes are actually pretty smart. The cast is pretty good, and I really liked seeing Bernie Casey, John Goodman, and James Cromwell (credited as Jamie Cromwell lol) show up. All of the nerds are pretty likeable, but I think my favorite is probablyCurtis Armstrong's Booger- the rebellious bad ass of the group. As I said, I don't think this film is really terrific or anything, but it's funny and has a nice knd of charm to it.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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