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Joaquin Braganza, Web Editor

In this new decade, there’s no better time to look back on decades of the past. The 80’s was a time of synthesizers, leotards, and legwarmers.

It was also a great time for movies.

Many motion pictures that came out in the 80’s are cult classics and remembered fondly by many.

One such movie is “Weird Science,” released in 1985 and directed by John Hughes, notable for films such as “Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

“Weird Science” stars Anthony Michael Hall from movies like “Breakfast Club” and “Vacation” and Ilan Mitchell-Smith from “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” who play teen nerds who create a woman played Kelly LeBrock, a big-haired supermodel from the 80’s.

While the film is not as popular as “Ferris Bueller” or “Breakfast Club,” it has that right amount of wit and character set with the rest of the films in Hughes’ library.

Hall and Mitchell-Smith play teenage losers Gary and Wyatt, respectively. The pair of best friends are not on the popular side and struggle with girls.

So, they decide to make a girl on the computer resulting in LeBrock’s Lisa character in a scenario similar to Frankenstein.

The film does not bother spending too much time on the set up of the film. All information needed on the three main characters is taken care of within the first ten minutes. From then on, the weirdness of it all comes into play.

Nothing in this movie makes any sense, and nothing is ever fully explained. The audience is supposed to take what they see and roll with it.

The story is not about why all the strange phenomenon occur but rather the story of Gary and Wyatt. They go from losers who stay in the bathroom at their own party to heroes who stand off against mutant bikers.

The journey the two boys take perfectly encapsulates the iconic 80s teen movie motif: loser outcasts learn to be comfortable with themselves. Without spoiling the ending, the boys get the happy ending they have been dreaming of from the start.

Overall, the film may not be as critically acclaimed as other Hughes’ films. However, the characters and the charisma it boasts cements its place among the treasured 80’s films.