Events for February 16th, 2013
Directed by Martha Coolidge. US. 1985. Ages 11+. 108 min. Sony. blu ray.
- Sat, Feb 16, 2:00 pm
“A flop when first released in 1985, Martha Coolidge’s bright, whimsical “Real Genius” can credit part of its substantial and richly deserved cult following to the fact that nothing has changed: Raunchy, lowbrow teen comedies are forever in vogue, and SDI is still an impossible, money-sucking political mirage. A worthy antecedent to Judd Apatow’s beloved TV shows “Freaks And Geeks” and “Undeclared,” “Real Genius” champions smart young characters without eking cruel laughs from their nerdish idiosyncrasies, which are treated like quirky side effects to their boundless creativity and imagination. Led by Val Kilmer, never better as a burned-out brainiac turned party animal, the inspired minds at Pacific Tech are exploited in the name of science, but the film suggests that their real talent is for clever, high-tech pranks. More»