• Diana DiMuro

Weird Movie: A Look at Weird Science at 35

I would definitely say that I am a big fan of the works of John Hughes. His films run the gamut: from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to Mr. Mom, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. But all things considered, I would not say Weird Science is one of Hughes’ best creations; nor has it aged particularly well since its release in 1985. That said, I will address the things that bothered me most upon rewatch upfront, so that we can delve into the actually enjoyable parts of this goofy, sci-fi, teenage-wet-dream of a movie.

For those of you who do not quite remember the plot: Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Anthony Michael Hall play Wyatt and Gary, best friends in high school who fantasize about girls but seem too young and “uncool” (at least during the 80’s) to actually date any. They are plagued by two upperclassmen, one of which is played by a young Robert Downey (sans the Jr.). When Wyatt’s parents go out of town for the weekend, they are further tormented by Wyatt’s older brother, Chet (RIP Bill Paxton), who rocks an amazing flat top haircut, but otherwise is definitely an asshole. Gary and Wyatt retreat to hang out in Wyatt’s room where they get the amazeballs idea to create their very own sexy lady using Wyatt’s computer.