Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weird Science

Weird Science; science-fiction comedy, USA, 1985; D: John Hughes, S: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey, Jr.

Two unpopular teenage geeks, Wyatt and Gary, decide to try to create their own perfect woman thanks to their computer. However, as a lightning strikes their house, the experiments actually works and brings their doll to life: Lisa. Not only beautiful, but also very smart and protective to them, Lisa helps Wyatt and Gary loosen up by bringing them out into night clubs and organizing a party in Wyatt's house. She stages a couple of wild bikers to crash into the party in order for Wyatt and Gary to confront and banish them, which makes two girls fall in love with them. Lisa also helps Wyatt get rid from his oppressive bully brother Chet. After her deed is done, Lisa disappears.

Bizarre and crazy, daft and totally silly, "Weird Science" is not among John Hughes best films, but its surprisingly noble messages and sincere themes make it a cult film even today and a 'guily pleasure'. In a way, this is some sort of a teenage version of "Mary Poppins" in which the perfectly created woman, Lisa, is not there to please the two horny teenagers Wyatt and Gary, but to actually help them grow up, mature and gain self-esteem, thereby enabling them to find their own girlfriends and stand up to themselves. The whole film is so damn weird that you never now if it is meant to be a parody of others or a parody of itself, because some situations are so incredible you don't know what to say (a giant missile emerging from the floor in Wyatt's room), but, just like in every Hughes film, Lisa's motherly care for the small Wyatt and Gary is so beautiful you almost get the impression there is something sincere going on here, and Kelly LeBrock is irresistibly charming in the leading role of Lisa. Two sequences are undeniably great, though, and come as a very pleasant surprise - the one is where Lisa has a fierce argument with Gary's father, angry because he is always so negative to his child, which is sweet and humble at the same time; the other is the hilarious, insane moment where some wild bikers, who look so scary that even some tough, 6'5 tall guy falls unconscious from fear, crash into the party, and Wyatt and Gary are the only ones who stand up to them in a moment to cherish. A madness of a film, but there is a method in it.


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