Weird Science

Universal Pictures Released 1985




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John Hughes

Best friends Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly are two 15-year-old geeks who just can't seem to snag a date. The unpopular teens decide that they only way they are going to get a girlfriend is if they create one themselves. Through a Frankenstein-esque experiment involving Wyatt's computer and a Barbie doll, the boys manage to create a real-life, beautiful woman named Lisa. The boys are shocked when their experiment works, but they are even more surprised when Lisa tells them that she is there to make all of their dreams come true. When the boys just can't seem to lose their inhibitions, Lisa decides to show them how to be wild and get what they want. As Lisa forces Gary and Wyatt to throw uproarious parties and stand up to their bullies, she helps the teens get some newfound self-confidence.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The center of the film is the simple, almost elementary insight that fantasies can be hazardous: You've got to be careful what you ask for, because you might get it.

  • 60


    Distinctly predictable offering from the ever-overworking John Hughes, who has taken a step back from his previous work.

  • 50


    Hughes' true gift is at capturing the naturalistic rhythms and interaction between the boys with a great ear for dialog. Le Brock is just right as the film's calm but commanding ce...

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    • Production Budget - N/A
      Domestic Gross - $23,834,048 (38th)
      Worldwide Gross - $38,934,048 (22nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $54,784,741
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $89,493,474

    • Filming locations:
      Black Lagoon, Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Highland Park, Illinois
      Chicago, Illinois
      Niles East High School, Skokie, Illinois
      Northbrook Court Mall, Northbrook, Illinois

    • Taglines:
      1. It's purely sexual.
      2. If you can't get a date, make one!
      3. It's all in the name of science. Weird Science.

    • Music:
      Weird Science
      Performed by Oingo Boingo
      Turn it On
      Performed by Kim Wilde
      Deep in the Jungle
      Performed by Wall of Voodoo
      Tubular Bells
      Performed by Mike Oldfield
      Tesla Girls
      Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
      Private Joy
      Performed by Cheyne
      Wanted Man
      Performed by Ratt
      Don't Worry Baby
      Performed by Los Lobos
      Performed by Taxi
      Method to My Madness
      Performed by The Lords of the New Church
      Performed by Killing Joke
      Why Don't Pretty Girls Look at Me
      Performed by Wild Man From Wonga
      Nervous and Shakey
      Performed by The Del Fuegos
      The Circle
      Performed by Max Carl
      By Roger Charlery, David Wakeling & Michael Billingham
      Performed by General Public
      Do Not Disturb (Knock Knock)
      Performed by The Broken Homes
      Oh, Pretty Woman
      Written by Roy Orbison, Bill Dees
      Performed by Van Halen
      The Magic Flute - Overture
      by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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Comedy, Science Fiction