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.
Another Story for Another Time: When the film ends, we see that Lisa is now a gym teacher for a class full of socially awkward young men. Implying that she plans on continuing her work of helping teenage social rejects find their confidence.
Achievements in Ignorance: The two of them only intended to create a virtual program; Lisa was created by accident, and she claims that even she doesn't know how it happened.
Alternate Ending: For a long while, "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky was replaced by a reprise of Weird Science during the final scene, thanks to rights issues. Reissues restored "Gonna Fly Now."
An Aesop: "When are you gonna learn that people will like you for who you are, and not for what you can give them?"
Buxom Is Better: An aversion. When Gary and Wyatt are designing Lisa's... "proportions", they briefly toy with the idea of giving her extremely large breasts. They quickly decide to give her much smaller breasts.
Gary: Anything more than a handful and you risk a sprained tongue.
However, the cool boys demand gargantuan breasts. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), the computer was connected to the picture of an ICBM and not a doll.
Chet: What are they doing in here? Lisa: I put them in there. I didn't want to Gary and Wyatt to get into trouble. Quite frankly, they weren't having a very good time at the party. Chet: Not having a good time? Do you think they're having a good time being catatonic in a closet?
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.
Gary's Dad: 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.
Do-Anything Robot: Lisa can do anything, up to and including creating bikers out of thin air, despite the fact that she's really only a mannequin that had electricity zapped into her.
Dope Slap: Gary gives Wyatt an epic one (almost as a Non Sequitur) when Wyatt says that they have to go take a shit while talking to the two cute girls.
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.
I Am Not Pretty: Deb confesses that she doesn't see why Gary would want to be with her since Lisa is more gorgeous.
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.
Luckily the scene of her in the shower helps make it clear.
Noble Demon: The mutant bikers when confronted are actually polite enough to apologize for their behavior to Wyatt and Gary before they leave. (Of course, Lisa created them, so they may be little more than extensions of her.)
Wyatt: "Where did you get that gun?" Gary: "It's a squirt gun, see?" [BOOM] [Oh Crap]
Reset Button: When Lisa vanishes, all of the damage to the house from the weekend repairs itself in a special effects "rewind" frenzy, with the last piece of furniture sliding back into place just as Wyatt's parents open the front door.
What Happened to the Mouse?: While the Reset Button after Lisa's departure physically repairs the house and returns Chet to human form, other outlandish events of the weekend seem unresolved (i.e. Wyatt's grandparents catatonic in the closet, the partygoers zapped into the TV, and Gary's dad not remembering that he has a son). Director John Hughes has confirmed that the Reset Button applies here, too.