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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Real Genius is a comedy/science fiction film produced in 1985, starring Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, and William Atherton.The movie starts out about Mitch, a 15 year old boy who designs a cutting edge laser for his high school science fair. This gains him the attention of professor and educational TV show (think Cosmos: A Personal Voyage with Carl Sagan) host Jerry Hathaway, who offers to enter the wunderkind at Pacific Tech as an accelerated student. There, Mitch takes classes taught by tape recorder and meets the irreverent Chris Knight; who tries to teach the younger Mitch that he can't take everything in life so seriously, particularly when Mitch ends up as the Butt-Monkey of the school's Jerkass, Kent.As it turns out, Chris and Kent are competing for the same post-graduate position under Hathaway, and while Chris's lighthearted quasi-slacker attitude rankles the professor, Kent shamelessly toadies up and finally seems to triumph over the heroes when he sabotages Chris and Mitch's laser project work.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The final straw comes when Chris and Mitch discover that Hathaway has secretly contracted with the CIA to turn their laser into a weapon and take all the credit. Chris doesn't approve, and recruits the genius kids of the university to help him take revenge on both the greedy Hathaway and Kent during the laser's first live-fire exercise.
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Applied Phlebotinum
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Applied Phlebotinum: Some of the college pranks, like Ick's "ice", toe the line because nobody bothers to explain exactly what it is. On the other hand, the laser technology in general is real, but Chris's breakthrough on the five megawatt laser is pure Technobabble. Word of God is that they used real cutting-edge research into high-energy lasers, but purposefully screwed it up a little so anyone with the resources to re-create it couldn't hurt themselves.
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Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
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Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: After speaking with Mitch's parents at the science fair, Dr. Hathaway asks them if, by any chance, Mitch is adopted. Mitch has to assure Jordan that the reason he won't take her to meet them is that he's ashamed of them, not of her. After watching Hathaway on TV, Mitch's mother has only one question: is his hair real?
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: Chris has one once he learns the laser's true purpose.
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Nerds Are Sexy
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Nerds Are Sexy: Sherry Nugil seems to think so, as she sets out to seduce the ten smartest men in the world, and despite Mitch turning her down, eventually ends up with Lazlo.
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Men Can't Keep House
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Men Can't Keep House: Chris Knight's half of the dorm room is an unabashed disaster area, even in comparison to the rest of the dorm.
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The Voice
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The Voice: Invoked. Jordan, Chris, Ick and Mitch stick a transmitter in Kent's braces to make him think God is talking to him.
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Highly Visible Password
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Highly Visible Password: Lazlo's attempts to hack into the military computer are masked while typing, but then subsequently displayed anyways. PASSWORD: ###### (trying "AAAAAD"). This would likely be normal behavior for a brute-force script, as it would produce such comments as local notifications. However, it was shown that Lazlo was typing the entries by hand.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: Hathaway goes from calling Don an "Asshole" and then doing an educational show about the colon. He's then framed next to an educational model of said organ, clearly implying that he's an asshole.
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Out of Control Popcorn
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Out Of Control Popcorn: Invoked. The heroes hijack the test of the giant space laser, redirecting it to Dr. Hathaway's house, which they had previously filled with unpopped popcorn kernels. The popcorn all pops and explodes out of the house.
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Not What I Signed on For
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Not What I Signed on For: The students were led to believe that the laser they were designing was meant for industrial applications, and Mitch's high-school science project was about their potential for fusion reactors. When they realize it's actually a Kill Sat, they are pissed.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Hathaway hates popcorn, as Chris finds out when he visits the professor's house. The protagonists later use popcorn in a spectacular way during their revenge scheme by turning Hathaway's house into a giant Jiffy-Pop.
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Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!
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Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!: Kent after he goes into Jerry Hathaway's house after being warned not to go inside by Jesus and by his fellow students cries out, "Okay, God, let me have it!" It is then that the student's laser project is activated from the plane and projects its beam straight through the window of the house to activate what amounts to a giant Jiffy-Pop.
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Kill Sat
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Kill Sat: The film opens with a CIA mockup presentation of a laser beam used to conduct precise orbital assassinations. Hathaway has the contract to build the genuine article. However, the plan is not to put the laser on a satellite but aboard a shuttle that would launch, conduct an assassination, and then land.
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A Date with Rosie Palms
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A Date with Rosie Palms: A Running Gag throughout the film is that Kent is a masturbater and that gets used near the end when Mitch does his God Guise through a transmitter implanted in Kent's braces to get some information out of Kent about what Jerry Hathaway is doing with the laser.
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Give Me a Sign
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Give Me a Sign: Invoked on Kent, making him think "Jesus" is talking to him. Later played straight when he's standing outside Dr. Hathaway's house.
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Awesome, but Impractical
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Awesome, but Impractical: Chris uses liquid nitrogen to freeze ice which he then cuts coin slugs from with a filament knife just to avoid paying for vending machines. Even putting aside the fact that he doesn't have to pay for the gas itself if he uses university resources, he still has to freeze it into a shape that fits into the coin slot and registers as a coin.
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Hollywood Nerd
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Hollywood Nerd: Chris, Mitch, Jordan, Ick... practically the entire student cast.
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TV Genius
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TV Genius: Averted, most of the kids, minus some hyperactivity disorders, speak rather like normal humans. Notable in the ice scene when Ick says that the ice is going to go from solid to gas and doesn't use the actual word for this process, sublimation.
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Out with a Bang
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Out with a Bang: Poor Professor Hostetler...
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: The second to last laser prototype that was successful until Kent sabotaged it.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: Kent records Mitch's teary phone conversation with his parents and later plays it over the cafeteria loudspeakers to humiliate Mitch.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: We never do find out much about Lazlo's big project in The '70s, aside from Chris mentioning that it was killing people and drove Lazlo into a Heroic BSoD. There was apparently an incident where Chris found Kent naked with a bowl of Jell-O. There's also mention of mutant hamster races and a Madam Curie lookalike contest.
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The Insomniac
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The Insomniac: Jordan
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God Guise
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God Guise: Jordan implants a radio transceiver in Kent's braces, whereupon Mitch pretends to be Jesus to learn what Hathaway plans to do with the laser.
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl
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Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Jordan, who bursts in on Mitch while he's in the bathroom and all but glomps him — entirely innocently; she wants to give him a sweater she knitted for him overnight. Part of her Character Development occurs when Mitch starts paying serious attention to her; she calms down and develops a personality other than "hyperactive girl". Additionally, Chris acts as a Manic Pixie Dream Boy for Mitch, teaching him to loosen up and enjoy life instead of studying all day, every day.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Chris (though he restricts these tendencies to the uncool characters).
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Closet Sublet
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Closet Sublet: Lazlo, as described above, appears at first to live in the closet.
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Like Parent, Like Spouse
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Mitch's mother is one. The movie subtly implies that this is one reason why Mitch is attracted to Jordan.
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Intelligence = Isolation
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Intelligence = Isolation: Mitch is fairly disconnected from the social scene due to his high intelligence being off-putting to others. Chris talks to Mitch about being much the same when younger.
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Sincerity Mode
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Later on, he sincerely expands on this; Intelligence = Isolation.
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Genius Slob
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Genius Slob: Chris dresses like a beach bum and his room is a complete dump.
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Does Not Like Spam
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Does Not Like Spam: Hathaway hates popcorn, and dogs. No points for guessing what his Humiliation Conga involves.
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Fictional Counterpart
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Fictional Counterpart: Pacific Tech for Caltech. What's really cool about it is that at first, Caltech was eager to help make the movie... at least until they learned it was critical of the Strategic Defense Initiative in general and Edward Teller in particular; as Caltech operates and manages NASA's neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they couldn't afford to critique the man, let alone be involved in a movie which cast William Atherton as his counterpart. But it all turned out perfectly anyway, as a Caltech alumnus came out of the woodwork to provide assistance - and load the film with Easter Eggs.
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Kids Are Cruel
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Kids Are Cruel: "They stuffed me into a mailbox — did I ever tell you that?"
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Balloonacy
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Balloonacy: Some trailers and promotional material depict Chris floating in a deck chair held aloft by balloons. This didn't make the final cut of the film, however.
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: The team are celebrating creating the prototype when Lazlo interrupts and asks them to think of what they've created: A high-yield beam that unleashes a blast of energy too powerful to be used longer than fifteen seconds and not feasible for anything but one specific purpose:
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Vanilla Edition
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Vanilla Edition: The sole DVD release doesn't have any deleted scenes, cast/crew commentary, or trailers or TV spots for the movie itself. But it does have trailers for Hook and Jumanji.
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Motor Mouth
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Motor Mouth: Mitch has two. Jordan tends to talk in long strings of sentences, with just barely enough of a pause to catch her breath when necessary. Mitch's mother is one. The movie subtly implies that this is one reason why Mitch is attracted to Jordan.
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Satellite Love Interest
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Satellite Love Interest: Sherry Nugil is a variation. Out of the three scenes total that she appears in, two of them are spent as a willing love interest for a main character.
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Frickin' Laser Beams
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Frickin' Laser Beams: The plot centers around building a big one, for use in a Kill Sat. It behaves like a real laser, though.
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Jerk Jock
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Jerk Jock: Kent is the closest you'll find at a school full of nerds.
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Truth in Television
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Truth in Television: The way in which the characters feel such guilt over their unintentional work on weapons projects is similar to many of the physicists who worked on the Manhattan Project. Notably, physics rock star Richard Feynman said something similar based on his experience. He was so caught up in the demanding and intellectually stimulating work that he never stopped to question whether what they were doing was a good idea.
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Humiliation Conga
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Humiliation Conga: At the end, for Hathaway. His project is ruined and likely going to be audited, which will uncover his skimming off the top to pay for renovations on his home. Said house has been destroyed... by popcorn, which he hates. And finally the dog that he can't stand shows up to commiserate. And it's even possible that he will be killed later. He's warned that Decker is dangerous. And then Hathaway sleeps with his daughter.
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Underdressed for the Occasion
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Underdressed for the Occasion: At a job interview, no less. This is deliberate on Chris' part, however; he is trying his hardest not to be taken seriously, at least until Hathaway threatens to throw him out.
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Technological Pacifist
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Technological Pacifist: Lazlo (and also Chris and Mitch to some extent)
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Token Good Teammate
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Token Good Teammate: Bodie. Even though he hangs out with Kent and his group of bullies, he isn't spiteful towards Mitch or laughs at the pranks they pull on him. He even makes one of the film's best lines against Kent:
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Ignored Epiphany
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Ignored Epiphany: A year before the film takes place, Lazlo tells Chris the story of how he snapped and ended up in the steam tunnels. From this he learns the perils of solving problems without thinking through what the things he create will be used for. He forgets this when Hatheway attacks his ego, and ends up creating a weapon. He later laments on this fact and says "I'm such an asshole." Lazlo helpfully replies: "I know how you feel, Chris, and you're right."
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Laser-Guided Karma: ...Pun intended? Hathaway is completely and utterly FUBAR specifically because he acted like a dickless weasel. He embezzled project funds to renovate his house, instead blackmailing his students to do all the development on the laser. His abuse led to them sabotaging it, which means the project is kaput and he'll be caught in the ensuing audit. Given that Knight's popcorn prank destroyed his renovated house, he can't even sell it in a half-assed attempt to replace the funds. Hell, his career is a very public failure, so all his connections will abandon him, meaning whatever measures he took to flunk Chris out of college/ruin his career are going to fall by the wayside. Oh, and he exposed to scrutiny the kind of black ops sociopaths who asked for an assassination laser in the first place, which is not good for one's life expectancy...
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Disastrous Demonstration: Invoked by the heroes to ensure the space-laser will never be deployed.
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Faux Affably Evil: Decker. A completely amoral CIA agent who orchistrates the creation of a Kill Sat without any oversight from the President, the DOD, or any other responsible agency. When an underling disagrees with him, he casually orders the man's murder. Don warns Hathaway that Decker is "dangerous" implying that they both might be killed if they don't finish the laser.
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You Remind Me of X
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You Remind Me of X: Chris sees himself in young Mitch. Later on, he sincerely expands on this; Intelligence = Isolation.
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High School Hustler: Chris Knight, although this is in a university.
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Foreshadowing: At the beginning of the movie, Kent tells Mitch that orders go "...from God, to Jerry, to me." Later on, "Jesus" talks directly to Kent, changing the middleman as it were.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Downplayed, but when Mitch (as the voice of Jesus) points out just what Hathaway has built and how Kent unknowingly helped him, Kent is visibly and audibly upset to learn that he's built a weapon. Played straight with Chris as Laslo explains his conclusion of the laser's intended purpose at the restaurant. Chris slowly stops eating his food and get s a thousand mile stare before saying flatly, "This is not good..."
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Friendly Address Privileges: As the star pupil of the school, Chris is allowed to call Jerry by his first name. Kent isn't.
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Giant Food
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Giant Food: Mitch is offered a cherry the size of a baseball by another student. "I grow them myself."
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Licked by the Dog: Hathaway. Naturally, he can't stand dogs.
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The Three Faces of Adam
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The Three Faces of Adam: Mitch Taylor is the Hunter, Chris Knight is the Lord, and Lazlo Hollyfeld is the Prophet.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Kent sabotaging the laser after finals is responsible for Chris making a breakthrough on how to build an even more powerful laser.
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Deadpan Snarker: Chris Dr. Hathaway has his moments, especially in the scene where Mitch is introduced.
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Practice Target Overkill: Some college students discover a way to raise the power output of a lab laser, and secretly modify it for a test firing. These wonderballs calculated a beam in the megawatt range; the beam produced was in the terawatt range, which burned a hole completely through a concrete safety shield, then the lab's cinder block walls, then a bronze statue of the college's founder, a tree, and a billboard which dropped flaming debris onto a restaurant's roof, before likely carrying on into space.
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I Ate WHAT?!
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I Ate WHAT?!: The Trope Namer, though the actual example isn't related; Chris talks Mitch into tasting something, and when Mitch asks what it is, Chris says, "I don't know, I found it in one of the labs," then, after a lot of spitting, lets on he was joking; it's just yogurt. The actual Trope Namer comes from something Chris says later in the movie "I was thinking of the immortal last words of Socrates who said, 'I drank what?'"
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Coming-of-Age Story
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Coming-of-Age Story: A major theme of the film — Mitch is the primary example, but Chris, Jordan, and Lazlo get to do some growing up by the end.
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Genki Girl
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Genki Girl: Jordan is hyperactive to the point of not sleeping, never stops talking, and glomps Mitch almost as soon as he shows up.
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No OSHA Compliance: While the laser lab appears up to spec on the surface, some of the kids' practices while utilizing it are anything but. At one point, Chris handles supercooled materials with oven mitts and tongs, and is seen using a welder's mask in place of safety goggles. Most horrifyingly, when the five megawatt laser is fired, it goes through the cinder blocks, the wall, and halfway across town — it's a miracle nobody was killed.
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Everyone Has Standards: Kent is a huge Jerkass to everyone that he isn't sucking up to, and he even sabotages Chris' prototype, which Kent knows will lead to Chris flunking out. However, even he is appalled to learn that the laser work he's contributed towards will be used as a weapon.
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Science Hero: The entire cast is made up of science and engineering students at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
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Cool and Unusual Punishment: Kent winds up in a house being filled to the breaking point with laser-popped popcorn...and has an absolute blast. In fact it seems to give him a better disposition in the end.
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Big Blackout
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Big Blackout: Chris Knight causes one when he turns on his laser beam pathway for the "Tanning Invitational." It's not known how widespread the blackout is; the audience only sees the Pacific Tech campus.
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Shout-Out: "Drain Experts, Inc." and "Darlington Electronic Instruments" are references to... well, let's just say they're references and leave it at that. Enter if you dare.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Cloud Cuckoo Lander
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Cloud Cuckoolander: Lazlo, who lives in underground steam tunnels accessed via Chris and Mitch's closet.
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Pacific Tech seems to run on this, but it's most egregious in one scene when a student walks down the hall, right past Chris and co. wearing gas masks while gassing Kent's room, and merely says "hi." The guy who freaks out cramming for finals. Nobody even reacts to him, except for Ick to take his seat at the table.
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Breakout Character: It's hard to remember that Chris Knight wasn't the main character. Even the DVD box cover gives Kilmer the only billing, and uses only his photo.
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Kubrick Stare: Mitch, as the recording of him crying to his parents is playing on the cafeteria Public Address system.
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Ambiguous Disorder: Jordan definitely seems to fit somewhere on the autism spectrum, but since the film was made in the 80s, no one knew what that even was.
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Jerkass: Kent Dr. Hathaway Chris (though he restricts these tendencies to the uncool characters). Decker, who casually orders one of his colleagues murdered at the beginning of the film, and is implied he might do the same to Hathaway if he doesn't produce a working laser.
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Coin-on-a-String Trick
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Coin-on-a-String Trick: Chris creates slugs for the vending machine from ice, frozen with liquid nitrogen.
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The '70s
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Hard-Work Montage
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Hard-Work Montage: Several, including Mitch settling in at the college and Mitch and Chris working on the laser.
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Insult Backfire
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Insult Backfire: Chris delivers one to Dr. Hathaway:
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Running Gag: Mitch's classmates for one lecture keep disappearing, leaving recording devices in the room so they can skip class. Eventually Mitch is the only one remaining, as even the instructor has ditched class and left a tape playing in his stead.
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Comically Missing the Point: A frequent source of zingers for Chris.
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There Is a God!
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There Is a God!: Kent's reaction to hearing the voice of "Jesus" (actually Mitch through a transceiver in Kent's braces) telling him to stop playing with himself. Played for Laughs, although it does seem to convince Kent to have a Heel–Face Turn.
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