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Real Genius

Real Genius
Real Genius
Real Genius
  • PG
  • 1h 40m
  • 1985
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America's number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own ... Chris' closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, dismantle a nerd's car and reassemble it in his room, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military and convinces the professor that it doesn't pay to fool with a Real Genius!
© 1985 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: 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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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
'80s college comedy with some sex jokes, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Real Genius is a 1985 comedy in which Val Kilmer plays a college-aged math and science prodigy. It's less shockingly dated than other '80s comedies but it does still have some iffy moments. For instance, a college-age woman is shown wearing nothing but a nightgown as she leaves the bedroom of a much older professor. A young teen enters his dorm room to find an older woman, who attempts to have sex with him. There are frequent jokes about penises, sex, and masturbation, including a scene in which one of the lead characters poses as Jesus and commands one of the antagonists to "Stop touching yourself." There's an impromptu "tanning party" in which bikini-clad women from the nearby cosmetology school run around. Profanity includes "s--thole," "dips--t," "bastard," and "balls." Some underage drinking. For better or worse, it's a happy medium between Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 7, 1985
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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