Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1985. Delphi III Productions. Story by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Screenplay by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, PJ Torokvei. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Brian Grazer. Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Josan F. Russo. Costume Design by Marla Denise Schlom. Film Editing by Richard Chew.
Gabriel Jarret is such an incredibly smart teenager that, at the young age of fifteen, his brilliant work in the sciences has landed him a position studying under physicist William Atherton in a university program for geniuses. When he arrives there he finds himself among a slew of misfits and geeks, lorded over by the super smart and, amazingly enough, super cool Val Kilmer. The students have been enlisted to develop a laser project for Atherton that they later discover will be used as a weapon of mass destruction by their government. How they deal with it is not much different from your average eighties comedy focusing on teenage hijinks, but director Martha Coolidge makes sure that these gifted kids put a brainy twist on their pranks. The characters are likeable and the concept is charming, but it rarely plays above situational concepts and isn’t quite funny enough to be satisfying, nor is it clever enough to make up for the mildness of its humour.