Real Genius Redux

Cinematical had news this week that made me literally proclaim "Oh nooooooo!" prompting my husband to look at my in concern thinking it was something really important. And it is. Columbia Pictures is looking at remaking an 80's classic - Real Genius.

I. Love. Real Genius.

If you've not seen it, and it seems like many people haven't, Real Genius is the story of super smart high school kids in a special school for the super smart. Val Kilmer (who is totally adorable in this) is the world weary senior who's helping a new freshman (one of the youngest ever accepted to the school) get acclimated. Crazy fun science projects, high school back stabbing, and laser building ensues. Turns out the kids are being used to build something for the military which makes them unhappy - the kids want to do science that helps, not kills.

Long story short, it is a witty 80s satire that is nearly pitch perfect in casting and Val Kilmer is just stellar in it. I've always enjoyed that everyone involved in it seems to be really having fun and it doesn't seem forced. It also has some of my most favorite movie lines of all time.
Mitch: You know, um, something strange happened to me this morning...
Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
Mitch: No...
Chris Knight: Why am I the only one who has that dream?

[Chris Knight is trying to hit on Susan, a beautiful woman he finds in Professor Hathaway's house]
Chris Knight: So, if there's anything I can do for you, or, more to the point, to you, you just let me know.
Susan: Can you hammer a six-inch spike through a board with your penis?
Chris Knight: Not right now.
Susan: A girl's gotta have her standards.
[She walks out]

If you have never seen this film, I strongly suggest you just go out and buy it. It's usually under $10 because it's not one of the big films of it's time but it's something we watch here every couple of months.

A remake of it will suck. Guaranteed. Columbia Pictures, you're on notice, right next to Sony for remaking The Karate (Kung Fu) Kid.

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