The Hughes Reviews: Weird Science

This review is the third to last review in my John Hughes series. What I'll review after that, I have no idea, but I hope you'll continue to check it out. This review was supposed to be posted this past Monday, but these past few weeks have been non stop action. Even now as I write this the machinations of fate still have me pinned between it's rusty cogs. My goal is not to get squished-AND still give you guys entertaining content. I think we're going to see some schedule changes here soon, but I'll keep you all updated.

This review was supposed to be longer and I did record more, but I felt that five minutes was a good amount of time for this one. No worries though, i have the few deleted topics in text form below. I really do enjoy this film and can't recommend it enough. It's the perfect party movie, meant to be ingested with large amounts of cheap beer and pizza. You would be hard pressed to do a remake of this film and have it work the same way today, though I'm sure in the next year or so, someone will try.

[EXCISED REVIEW SECTION: I can't end this review without discussing a few of the side characters. Gary and Wyatt are harrassed endlessly by Max and Ian who are dating two girls Hilly and Deb, who, aside from Lisa are the main objects of our characters affections. Oddly enough, Hilly and Deb suffer from the same confidence issues that Gary and Wyatt have. They only seem to be dating Max and Ian to gain popularity. Also, they're...kind of female versions of our two main characters, which, when you think about it in those terms, is very strange. But that may be a topic for another day.

Other than Max and Ian, our heroes also suffer at the hands of Wyatt's older brother Chet, played by Bill Paxton. Chet is a piece of shit, but he's a funny and entertaining piece of shit. He is an amalgam of every bad older brother, gym coach and drill sergeant. Paxton plays him with such obvious enjoyment, that even though he tortures our heroes, we can't help but laugh.

As discussed previously in other Hughes Reviews, the role of the parents is an important one. Wyatt's parents are out of town until the end of the film, but we do meet Gary's parents in a hilarious scene that has Lisa explaining to them that their son deserves to go to a party. The parents in this scene are portrayed as clueless and oppressive force that, despite their son's good nature and academic success wish to keep him from experiencing life. This is a bit one sided, however it does play to the heightened reality of our characters situation. This reinforces the continuing complaint of every generation: that adults don't listen.]

More articles and Animated Monologues coming soon. Be sure to check back next month for Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

-Rob Out.