YMMV / Revenge of the Nerds


  • Awesome Music: Again, the musical number at the Talent Show.
    • The use of Queen's "We Are The Champions" at the end of the first movie, arguably the most effective use of the song in any media.
    • The "No on 15" song in the second movie.
  • Broken Aesop: A major theme in the first movie is to be true to one's self. Ironically, the subsequent movies promote the idea that a person has to dress and act a certain way (like a "nerd") to be considered a good person. Two of the series' relevant jock characters end up undergoing a Heel–Face Turn that utterly changes their personalities.
  • Character Rerailment: In the first movie Booger calls the Mus "pigs" but comes to love them, then in the second movie he only hits on the conventionally attractive girls. And in the third and fourth movie he's back to Ugly Cute Mus.
    • Invoked with Lewis in the third film. He's become successful and has ditched his nerd persona, only to take it up again towards the end of the movie.
  • Designated Hero: The Tri-Lambs' revenge on Betty Childs is hardly the actions of the nice guys characters they are supposed to be. Granted she was a Grade A bitch but putting secret cameras in her bedroom, selling naked photos of her taken without her knowledge or permission to the ENTIRE SCHOOL and tricking her into having sex by making her think she's having sex with her boyfriend — which actually fits the legal definition of Rape by Deception — is, to say the least, grossly Disproportionate Retribution and would easily get someone registered as a serious sex offender in real life.
  • Ear Worm: The main theme song is incredibly catchy. So catchy that it returned for the second film.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ogre. He was the only one of the Alphas to return for the second film and joins the Tri Lams at the end.
  • Hollywood Homely: Both the Triple Lambda guys themselves and the Omega Mu girls. Lampshaded by Booger:
    The Omega Mus?! But they're pigs!
  • Life Imitates Art: While the film series as a whole still has a devoted following; younger, casual movie fans may see the premise as outdated, now that Bill Gates and Paul Allen masterminded the true "Revenge Of The Nerds" in real life. Nerd/geek culture is far more mainstream among men and women today than in the 1980's and early 1990's.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "My son, soon you will take over."
    • "To truly hock a loogie, one must not retrieve the phlegm from the throat, but from the soul."
    • All together now - "NERRRRRRRRRDS!"
    • AH, HAHAHAHAHA!
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: This movie was a huge hit back when it was released and basically kickstarted the teen sex comedy genre, but it has not aged well at all. Changing social attitudes and general Fridge Logic has transformed the plucky, Nice Guy protagonists into sociopathic rapists in the eyes of viewers. And that's not getting into all the stuff that other movies stole from this one, making Revenge Of The Nerds come off as both stale and derisive.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Our nerd protagonists don't exactly hold women in high regard: they plant video cameras in their dorm rooms to spy on them naked, sell photos of one woman's breasts at a carnival one girl is even tricked into sleeping with one of them as revenge for being snotty, all of which are considered heroic accomplishments. Not to mention that this whole time, the underage Harold is in tow. Bill Maher even devoted part of one of his "new rules" editorials to shutting down this kind of macho college culture.
    • Lewis' Bed Trick on Betty is arguably rape, at least these days. In the movie, it is played off as a cute surprise.
    • Lamar's depiction as a limp-wristed sissy (even his javelin is limp!) is par for the course of the depiction of gay African-American men in movies from the '80s, and is most definitely made to be a walking punchline. It's extremely difficult to find anything funny about him several decades on.
    • On a lighter note, Booger and Lamar probably wouldn't even be called nerds at all nowadays; Booger is closer to the "burnout" stereotype, for one. Apparently the term "nerd" was more loosely defined back then.
    • In the second movie, Lewis cheats on Betty with a girl he met during a fraternity convention. He is still depicted as the movie's hero and suffers no negative consequences for this indiscretion.
      • Which makes sense, given that in the first movie, he's the guy Betty is cheating on Stan with. Again, it's all played off as wacky college hijinks and just desserts for the Jerk Jock, though viewers today would be more critical of Lewis' antics.


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