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      Real Genius

      PG Now Playing 1 hr. 46 min. Comedy TRAILER for Real Genius: Trailer 1 List
      77% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 83% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score When science whiz Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarret) arrives at Pacific Tech as a freshman, he's paired up with genius senior Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) to work on a laser project. Mitch initially doesn't care for Knight's slacker attitude, but is eventually won over, and their friendship allows them to make new progress on the laser project. It's only when the boys learn that the government intends to use the laser as a weapon that they start to question what they've actually been working for. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      It follows college tropes, but Real Genius has an optimistic streak that puts you on Val Kilmer's side all the way.

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      Horror fan 4 Val Kilmer is hilarious and the comedy delivers many laughs. The characters and music are great. This is a classic 80's Movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/20/24 Full Review Jay H I wish Val Kilmer had done more comedies. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/20/24 Full Review S B Better than expected. Worth a watch if you enjoy Kilmer, Meyrink or 80's college comedy movies. Unexpected decent soundtrack also. Which is a bonus. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review Jim S Almost perfect movie, a rare non-exploitative 80s comedy, with a pitch perfect cast , including an all-in performance by William Atherton, and Val Kilmer in Amadeus-like abandon. Gets better with each watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/24 Full Review Gabriel P cheesy but enjoyable movie Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/29/23 Full Review Steve D Not genius, not even good. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Real Genius: Official Clip - A Moral Imperative Real Genius: Official Clip - A Moral Imperative 2:07 Real Genius: Official Clip - Stop Playing With Yourself Real Genius: Official Clip - Stop Playing With Yourself 2:09 Real Genius: Official Clip - Jordan Never Sleeps Real Genius: Official Clip - Jordan Never Sleeps 1:51 Real Genius: Official Clip - File Under "H" for "Toy" Real Genius: Official Clip - File Under "H" for "Toy" 2:11 Real Genius: Official Clip - Lazlo's Lair Real Genius: Official Clip - Lazlo's Lair 2:11 Real Genius: Official Clip - All Brain, No Penis Real Genius: Official Clip - All Brain, No Penis 2:04 Real Genius: Official Clip - Jerry's House of Popcorn Real Genius: Official Clip - Jerry's House of Popcorn 2:13 View more videos

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      Paul Attanasio Washington Post Coolidge has gotten onto something here, and the pity is that the story she's stuck with never gets her any deeper into it. Jan 3, 2018 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader The humor is relentlessly cruel, smug, and disconnected from any sense of how human beings might behave in similar situations. May 30, 2007 Full Review Variety What lifts the production above the run-of-the-mill is swift direction by Martha Coolidge, who has a firm grasp over the manic material. May 30, 2007 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault The mid-’80s were big on teen-oriented sci-coms (scientific comedies), so you may have overlooked this gem with a great early performance by Val Kilmer. Rated: A Dec 2, 2022 Full Review Douglas Davidson Elements of Madness Not only does the film hold up fairly well, but the deeper aspects of the narrative become more obvious some 37 years since its release. Sep 13, 2022 Full Review Allison Rose FlickDirect Let’s face it, how can you go wrong with “Smart people on ice!” ? Rated: 4/5 Sep 13, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When science whiz Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarret) arrives at Pacific Tech as a freshman, he's paired up with genius senior Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) to work on a laser project. Mitch initially doesn't care for Knight's slacker attitude, but is eventually won over, and their friendship allows them to make new progress on the laser project. It's only when the boys learn that the government intends to use the laser as a weapon that they start to question what they've actually been working for.
      Director
      Martha Coolidge
      Screenwriter
      Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Neal Israel, Pat Proft
      Production Co
      Delphi III Productions
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 7, 1985, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $130.8K
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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