Our reader, Dave Arch suggests you check out this eighties classic during the lockdown
To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome entertainment to check out whilst in self-quarantine. Whether its the best TV shows, ultimate movie marathons, or lesser-known gems, we’ll be here to keep you entertained during this difficult time.
Weird Science | Suggested by Dave Arch
Ok, so I’m showing my age a bit now! Sue Me! But back in the 1980s, I used to go to the movies and lap up the teenage movies like ‘Weird Science‘. To me, they were a right of passage. And just like Tom Cruise did in ‘Risky Business‘, it gave me hope that I, the perennial loser, ACTUALLY had a shot at some of the ladies. Of course, that didn’t turn out to be true but hey, at least I could dream! ‘Weird Science‘ is one of those films that is silly, puerile and totally unbelievable but hell, it is just so much damn fun!
Two high school losers (they always are), Gary and Wyatt, come up with a plan to create their ideal woman on a computer and attempt to bring her to life. The film is trying, somehow, to become a teenage comedy update of Frankenstein except the creature is the beautiful Kelly Le Brock. Of course, they succeed and name their creation Lisa. Lisa then takes them on a wild ride of self-discovery, bringing the two out of their shells, helping them stand up to two local bullies and to land themselves with two girls they have been secretly admiring for ages. Along the way, she also manages to take on Wyatt’s bullying and blackmailing older brother, Chet (played brilliantly by the late Bill Paxton), and bring him down several pegs and giving the boys the self-confidence they have inside them out and to the fore.
Written and directed by John Hughes and strangely, produced by action movie maestro Joel Silver, the film is a laugh riot. It is the ultimate teenage boys’ dream movie but one where they think they are in charge and the bosses but they most certainly are not. Lisa may be computer made but she is a strong, independent woman and most definitely the boy’s superior. If you haven’t seen this 1980s classic comedy, then take my advice and track it down any way you can, put it on, sit back and be prepared to not only laugh at how dated some of it actually is but at the sheer enjoyment the film will bring.
Thanks once more to Dave Arch (@Arch2D2) for the suggestion for this recommendation.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!