A 1985 Speculative Fiction
comedy directed by John Hughes
, starring Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall and supermodel Kelly LeBrock, and featuring Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr. A typical-for-its-time
(if somewhat tame) Wish Fulfillment
teen-sex comedy with a sci-fi twist: When a pair of Hollywood Nerds
can't get girls on their own, they decide to build themselves the perfect woman in an effort to become popular.
Wyatt and Gary are typical Nerds
(if unattractive only by Hughes' standards
) who are bullied at school. At home, Wyatt's Jerk Jock
older brother Chet makes their lives just as uncomfortable. The guys are desperate for female attention. Unable to work up the nerve to actually talk to real girls, the pair use Wyatt's Magical Computer
to simulate a woman. However, a hack into a government mainframe
and a freak thunderstorm
all come together and bring the woman simulation to real life
This woman, whom the boys name "Lisa", turns out to be a Magical Girl
, able to create "anything [she] want[s]". What she wants, in the end, is to help the boys get girlfriends. To this end she takes them to a blues bar to befriend the clientele (to break them out of their shells); teaches them to kiss (at least, teaches Wyatt); and throws a big raving party at Wyatt's house (to show them that they can
be popular, or at least liked). When, however, the boys hide from their own party, Lisa creates a distraction: a home invasion by a biker gang to threaten the guys' dream girls, forcing them to come to the rescue and scare the thugs off. She also stands up to Chet, showing him what it's like to be on the receiving end of a bully's attention.
Adapted into a television series
in the early 90s.
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Expansion: The comic book story the film was based on was produced in the early 1950s, with the film significantly updating and expanding the premise for the home computer age.
- An Aesop: "When are you gonna learn that people will like you for who you are, and not for what you can give them?"
- Beware the Nice Ones: Lisa may be hot, but beware that she is the hi-tech eqivalent of a Djinn (and djinn are usually not very nice) and will fuck your day. Chet learned this the hard and humiliating way.
- But Now I Must Go
- Caught with Your Pants Down
- Chekhov's Gun: Literally, Lisa's squirt gun (see Remonstrating, below)
- Dawson Casting: Lampshaded in-universe when Gary introduces Lisa to his parents and tries to pass her off as a high school exchange student from Europe. Kelly LeBrock was 24 at the time of filming. Gary's parents aren't quite buying it.
Do you go to Gary's school?? Lisa: (chuckling, and holding an open can of beer)
Do I look like I'm in high school? Gary's Dad:
No. Gary: (talking fast)
Well, what it is, dad: She's...she's a...she's a foreign exchange student, ya know, and..and...they, like, have a different educational system happening around the world. Gary's Mom: (to Lisa)
You look very, uh...mature
* The Eighties
- '80s Hair: Lisa, big time.
- Fanservice Extras: The girl in the upside down bathroom who gives a gratuitous Panty Shot is one. The other is the girl playing the piano, who gets stripped down to her panties before being sucked up and out the chimney. The "Girl Playing Piano" is Kym Malin, who is also Playboy's Playmate of the Month for May 1982.
- The Freelance Shame Squad: How funny is it when two kids get a Slurpee dumped on their heads? To ask the shoppers in that mall, there's absolutely nothing funnier, and they make sure Gary and Wyatt know that.
- Hollywood Hacking, complete with Extreme Graphical Representation.
- Hollywood Nerds
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Pretty much Lisa's main goal for the two boys. In fact apparently it's a turn on for her.
- Informed Attractiveness: Lisa is played by a fairly attractive actress; but her then incredibly fashionable hair, makeup and style of dress has aged very badly — which, at least for some modern viewers, makes it harder to accept her as the sex goddess everyone in the film seems to think she is.
- Jerk Jock: Chet.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Not only did it create Lisa, it gave Lisa reality warping powers.
- Magical Girl: Lisa, born of a Magical Computer.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water and/or lightning. And don't forget to hook up the doll. Pershing missiles happen when you don't hook up the doll.
- A Man Is Always Eager: At least one of the main guys.
- Modesty Bedsheet: Gary, Wyatt, and Lisa take a shower together, and the boys keep their jeans and tennis shoes on.
- Noble Demon: The mutant bikers when confronted are actually polite enough to apologize for their behavior to Wyatt and Gary before they leave.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Ok, so you just created a Magical Girlfriend who looks like Kelly LeBrock and you don't have sex with her? Please.
- Remonstrating With A Gun: Gary at the party, terrifying the guests in the process.
did you get that gun?" Gary:
"It's a squirt gun, see?" [BOOM] [Oh Crap
- Sex as a Rite-of-Passage: Subverted. Lisa helps Gary and Wyatt become more mature and confident not by having sex with them, but by forcing them to confront and overcome their own insecurities.
- Train Escape (version 1): Gary evades a police pursuit in this manner.
- Unplanned Crossdressing: Wyatt absentmindedly puts on Lisa's panties after they spend the night together.
- Weird Science: Not the Trope Namer. This film was named after the genre, not the other way around. If anything, Weird Science is the Film Namer.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The end of the movie shows most of the damage from the party repairing itself, but a couple of questions remain:
- Is the kitchen still blue??
- Speaking of the kitchen, are Wyatt's grandparents still catatonic in the pantry?
- Are David Hodges and the photographer from the party still trapped in the TV?
- Wild Teen Party: Most of the middle of the movie.