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Revenge of the Nerds

Simple-minded romp about a group of freshmen outcasts doesn't qualify for the dean's list, but Revenge of the Nerds shows more than enough smarts to deserve passing grades.

Simple-minded romp about a group of freshmen outcasts doesn’t qualify for the dean’s list, but Revenge of the Nerds shows more than enough smarts to deserve passing grades.

From the outset the nerds, who have learned to feel more at home talking computers and grade point average, get a ‘real-world’ education from the upperclass fraternity of jocks. They suffer constant humiliations from the older students and ultimately decide to fight back.

Led by hometown buddies Lewis (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards), the nerds rent a house and form their own frat. But breaking into the school’s Greek fraternity group will not come easily because the council is chaired by Stan (Ted McGinley), a member of the jock frat, and his g.f. Betty (Julie Montgomery), enemies of the nerds and sticklers for the rules.

Though the picture features extensive cardboard stereotypes, belching and other bad taste humor, director Jeff Kanew moves the action [from a screen story by Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejeda-Flores, Steve Zacharias and Jeff Buhai] swiftly to a convincing payoff. There’s also ample t&a along the way.

Revenge of the Nerds

  • Production: Interscope. Director Jeff Kanew; Producer Ted Field, Peter Samuelson; Screenplay Steve Zacharias, Jeff Buhai; Camera King Baggot; Editor Alan Baisam; Music Thomas Newman; Art Director James L. Schoppe
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 90 MIN.
  • With: Robert Carradine Anthony Edwards Ted McGinley Bernie Casey Julia Montgomery
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