Real Genius

Released 1985


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Martha Coolidge
Real Genius is the beloved 80s comedy from director Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl, The Prince and Me). The movie concerns a young high school kid named Mitch Taylor, played by Gabriel Jarret (Karate Kid Part III, Apollo 13) who goes to college at an early age due to his prodigious intellect, recruited by Dr. Jerry Hathaway, played by William Atherton (Ghostbusters, Die Hard 1 and 2). Mitch ends up being roommates with the smartest guy on campus, Chris Knight, played superbly by Val Kilmer (Batman Forever, Heat, and The Doors). Chris Knight is a very humorous person who likes to have fun a lot. Chris is working on developing a laser for Dr. Hathaway and works with Mitch on the project. They don't know that Dr. Hathaway has nefarious plans for the laser, and that he is working with the C.I.A. Mitch has to deal with a jerk named Kent Torokvei, who is Dr. Hathaway's sort of lap dog, played by Robert Prescott (Bachelor Party and Spaceballs) who is a little weird in some ways and keep the laser from falling into the wrong hands.moreless


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  • 100

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Real Genius is great, the freshest, most insouciant Hollywood inspiration since Risky Business. Director Martha Coolidge was handed a fleet cast and a well- oiled screenplay and sh...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Real Genius contains many pleasures, but one of the best is its conviction that the American campus contains life as we know it.

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Real Genius is packed with characters and jokes, easily containing three times as many attempts at humor as other summer comedies this year. Frequent moviegoers will appreciate the...

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geekcentric, characters with hidden agendas, no parental guidance, college humor, for nerds