Variety - 08/07/1985
"...[The] performances are a plus with Kilmer energetic and enjoyable to watch and Jarret endearingly sincere..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/08/1985
"...REAL GENIUS lives up to its title....There are laughs amid serious implications, a high level of inventiveness and a thicket of scientific nomenclature..."
USA Today - 06/21/2002
"...An amusing comedy..."
When 15-year-old science genius Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarrett) is recruited by the pompous Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) to be part of a special research team, he has no idea he will be working on a top secret military weapon. Enrolling at Pacific Tech College, he meets his fellow whiz kid classmates, including infamous senior Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), whose intelligence and irreverent behavior are legendary; they become roommates, despite their different approaches to life. When Hathaway threatens to expel Chris for bad behavior, the two brains join forces to finish the special laser project before it is too late, in the process unveiling secrets about the project that inspire them to plot an elaborate revenge.
An unscrupulous college professor, Hathaway (William Atherton), recruits several highly intelligent students for an advanced science project without telling them that it will be used by the military as a powerful weapon. The newest recruit, Mitch (Gabe Jarrett), and the star senior whiz kid, Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), join forces to finish the project, but when the kids learn that they are being used, they decide to exact revenge--and hell hath no fury like a bunch of geniuses scorned.
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