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Weird Science

July 18th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

Flashback to 1985: perms are big, Cadillacs are pink, and nerds are the pariahs of high school. Luckily, the dorks of Weird Science, Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), have the computer skills needed to dream up a solution to their social-misfit status. The two pool their brainpower to program themselves the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), and bring her to life.


Lisa is the boys’ entree to the in-crowd, and she works her magic to give them makeovers, throw them parties, and clean things up with Wyatt’s jerk of a brother, Chett (Bill Paxton). As the boys try to keep up with their girlfriend, they discover that being cool is a lot harder than it seems.

Written and directed by John Hughes, Weird Science is a lot more fantasy-based than other Hughes creations, such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, but the underlying themes of teen angst and rebellion remain the same. And though the ’80s hair styles, fashion and music aren’t exactly timeless, Weird Science is still fun — particularly every scene featuring Ironman himself, Robert Downey, Jr., playing the cool guy with popped shirt collars and gelled hair.

“We’re in,”


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Last comment: Jul 23rd 2008 2 Comments
  • Paul says:

    Can you Hulu people list the clues and how they relate to the entries once they’ve been revealed? Being a trivia-nerd, I’d like to know what I was missing when I didn’t guess right, or when I couldn’t even figure out where to start guessing! Thanks :)

  • Tony Preston says:

    Are those hints to what’s coming next under the calendar entries? If so, I’m terribly excited at what I believe tomorrow’s addition to hulu.com will be.