Chances are this is a film that we as movie lovers can identify with. I’m not saying the Schmoe community are all basement dwelling, Grade-A nimrods, (that’s reserved for the AICN talkbackers—zing!), but we’re all obviously passionate enough about something to have our own geeky tendencies. And that’s what’s great about REVENGE OF THE NERDS. Its stars are funny, but not the butt of the many jokes. Sure, you may giggle at how awkward Timothy Busfield looks as Pointdexter, but there’s a good natured innocence behind it all that keeps you laughing with the nerds and not at them.
The movie features drunken debauchery and (full-frontal!) T&A, but it’s not really a frat boy movie like ANIMAL HOUSE or a raunchy sex comedy ala PORKYS, instead opting for it’s own brand of broad humor and little character moments. I’d recommend it just to hear James Cromwell’s nerd laugh or to discover what “mopery” is or to see Pointdexter dance and Ogre’s angry “NERDS!” face and Booger’s…well, just Booger in general. (The 1980s may be defined by your John Cusacks and your Brat Packs, but Curtis Armstrong remains my favorite overlooked gem from the decade. “Gimme head til I’m dead” indeed, sir.)
It may feel a tad dated after 20+ years and the characters are borderline one dimensional, but the heart and humor of REVENGE OF THE NERDS makes it easy to overlook that. You may not wear a pocket protector, but REVENGE OF THE NERDS can still give us each hope on some level.
Commentary by director Jeff Kanew and stars Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong: Not even five seconds passes before the first “Anthony Edwards-TOP GUN” joke” is made. Nicely done. Overall, everyone seems to have fond memories and a decent chemistry together, but a lot of it is point-and-look comments from people who probably haven’t watched the movie in years.
I’m a Nerd and I’m Proud of It (38:37): I quite enjoyed this retrospective documentary. It’s cool when the cast (minus Anthony Edwards) can just shoot the shite and tell stories about the movie for 40 minutes. Most everybody admits to being initially embarrassed for signing on to the movie, which isn’t really that surprising.
Deleted Scenes (8:45): A few short scenes, but nothing special. There does seem to be the beginnings of a strange subplot with Stan the jock fearfully owing money to a nerd.
Revenge of the Nerds Television Pilot (24:18): One of the most horrible things I’ve ever had to watch; just an absolute butchering of the movie. As soon as I heard the theme song (“Get ready for the nerd attack!”) I knew I was in trouble. Then I saw that Booger was played by a lesbian-looking Robbie Rist, aka Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch, and I wanted to commit hara kiri.
There’s also a Theatrical Trailer and a Trailer for REVENGE OF THE NERDS 2: NERDS IN PARADISE.
Extra Tidbit: Pointdexter’s noisy “emission” during the “We’ve got bush!” scene was adlibbed. You can actually hear director Jeff Kanew laugh unexpectedly from behind the camera.