History Film / RealGenius

22nd Apr '16 12:56:39 AM fdsa1234567890
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* ScienceHero: The entire cast is made up of science and engineering students at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
22nd Apr '16 12:52:19 AM fdsa1234567890
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* TruthInTelevision: The way in which the characters feel such guilt over their unintentional work on weapons projects is similar to many of the physicists who worked on the Manhattan Project. Notably, [[ScienceHero physics rock star]] Richard Feynman said something similar based on his experience. He was so caught up in the demanding and intellectually stimulating work that he never stopped to question whether what they were doing was a good idea.
1st Feb '16 4:33:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters: You ''can'' pop popcorn with a laser. Popped popcorn ''doesn't'' exert enough pressure to destroy a house from the inside.
18th Dec '15 6:17:40 AM 32_Footsteps
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Kent is a huge {{Jerkass}} to everyone that he isn't sucking up to, and he even sabotages Chris' prototype, which Kent knows will lead to Chris flunking out. However, even he is appalled to learn that the laser work he's contributed towards will be used as a weapon.


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Downplayed, but when Mitch (as the voice of Jesus) points out just what Hathaway has built and how Kent unknowingly helped him, Kent is visibly and audibly upset to learn that he's built a weapon.
28th Aug '15 8:20:23 PM Kalaong
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* ThereIsAGod: Kent's reaction to hearing the voice of "Jesus" (actually Mitch through a transceiver in Kent's glasses) telling him to stop [[ADateWithRosiePalms playing with himself]]. PlayedForLaughs, although it does seem to convince Kent to have a HeelFaceTurn.

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* ThereIsAGod: Kent's reaction to hearing the voice of "Jesus" (actually Mitch through a transceiver in Kent's glasses) braces) telling him to stop [[ADateWithRosiePalms playing with himself]]. PlayedForLaughs, although it does seem to convince Kent to have a HeelFaceTurn.
20th Aug '15 4:25:42 PM BlackTemplar
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** Chris ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold though the latter restricts these tendencies to the uncool characters]]).

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** Chris ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold though the latter he restricts these tendencies to the uncool characters]]).
20th Aug '15 4:24:54 PM BlackTemplar
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* JerkAss: Kent, Dr. Hathaway, Chris ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold though the latter restricts these tendencies to the uncool characters]]). Decker, who casually orders one of his colleagues murdered at the beginning of the film, and is implied he might do the same to Hathaway if he doesn't produce a working laser.

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* JerkAss: Kent, JerkAss:
** Kent
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Dr. Hathaway, Hathaway
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Chris ([[JerkWithAHeartOfGold though the latter restricts these tendencies to the uncool characters]]). characters]]).
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Decker, who casually orders one of his colleagues murdered at the beginning of the film, and is implied he might do the same to Hathaway if he doesn't produce a working laser.
16th Aug '15 9:40:30 PM Me4JustinB
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** Additionally, Chris acts as a Manic Pixie Dream Boy for Mitch, teaching him to loosen up and enjoy life instead of studying all day, every day.
18th Feb '15 9:33:20 AM Kalaong
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* NotWhatISignedOnFor: The students were led to believe that the laser they were designing was meant for industrial applications, and Mitch's high-school science project was about their potential for ''fusion reactors.'' When they realize it's actually a KillSat, they are '''pissed.'''
3rd Jan '15 3:13:42 PM Mhoram
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As it turns out, Chris and Kent are competing for the same post-graduate position under Hathaway, and while Chris' lighthearted quasi-slacker attitude rankles the professor, Kent shamelessly toadies up and finally seems to triumph over the heroes when he sabotages Chris and Mitch's laser project work.

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As it turns out, Chris and Kent are competing for the same post-graduate position under Hathaway, and while Chris' Chris's lighthearted quasi-slacker attitude rankles the professor, Kent shamelessly toadies up and finally seems to triumph over the heroes when he sabotages Chris and Mitch's laser project work.



** Mitch has to assure Jordan that the reason he won't take her to meet them is because he's ashamed of ''them'', not of her.

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** Mitch has to assure Jordan that the reason he won't take her to meet them is because that he's ashamed of ''them'', not of her.



* AppliedPhlebotinum: The laser technology in general is real, but Chris' breakthrough on the five megawatt laser is pure {{Technobabble}}. Some of the college pranks, like Ick's "ice", toe the line because nobody bothers to explain exactly what it is.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: The laser technology in general is real, but Chris' Chris's breakthrough on the five megawatt laser is pure {{Technobabble}}. Some of the college pranks, like Ick's "ice", toe the line because nobody bothers to explain exactly what it is.



* BigBlackout: Chris Knight causes one when he turns on his laser beam pathway for the "Tanning Invitational" It's not known how far spread the blackout is; the audience only sees the Pacific Tech campus.

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* BigBlackout: Chris Knight causes one when he turns on his laser beam pathway for the "Tanning Invitational" Invitational." It's not known how far spread widespread the blackout is; the audience only sees the Pacific Tech campus.



%%* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A frequent source of zingers for Chris.

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%%* * ComicallyMissingThePoint: A frequent source of zingers for Chris.Chris.
-->'''Dr. Dodd:''' (in an office setting) Why is that toy on your head?
-->'''Chris:''' If I wear it anywhere else, it chafes.



* FictionalCounterpart: Pacific Tech for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Institute_of_Technology Caltech]]. What's really cool about it is that at first, Caltech was eager to help make the movie... at least until they learned it was critical of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Defense_Initiative Strategic Defense Initiative]] in general and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Teller Edward Teller]] in particular; as Caltech operates and manages NASA's neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they couldn't afford to critique the man, let alone be involved in a movie which cast Creator/WilliamAtherton as his counterpart. But it all turned out perfectly anyway, as a Caltech alumni came out of the woodwork to provide assistance - and [[http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~erich/real_genius_refs.html load the film]] with {{Easter Egg}}s.

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* FictionalCounterpart: Pacific Tech for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Institute_of_Technology Caltech]]. What's really cool about it is that at first, Caltech was eager to help make the movie... at least until they learned it was critical of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Defense_Initiative Strategic Defense Initiative]] in general and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Teller Edward Teller]] in particular; as Caltech operates and manages NASA's neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they couldn't afford to critique the man, let alone be involved in a movie which cast Creator/WilliamAtherton as his counterpart. But it all turned out perfectly anyway, as a Caltech alumni alumnus came out of the woodwork to provide assistance - and [[http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~erich/real_genius_refs.html load the film]] with {{Easter Egg}}s.



* MenCantKeepHouse: Chris Knight's half of the dorm is an unabashed disaster area, even in comparison to the rest of the dorm.

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* MenCantKeepHouse: Chris Knight's half of the dorm room is an unabashed disaster area, even in comparison to the rest of the dorm.



* VanillaEdition: The sole DVD release doesn't have any deleted scenes, cast/crew commentary, or trailers and/or TV spots for the movie itself. But it ''does'' have trailers for ''Film/{{Hook}}'' and ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''.

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* VanillaEdition: The sole DVD release doesn't have any deleted scenes, cast/crew commentary, or trailers and/or or TV spots for the movie itself. But it ''does'' have trailers for ''Film/{{Hook}}'' and ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''.
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