Studio: 20th Century Fox
Reviewed by: Jordan C.
While I don’t remember a whole bunch about them, I clearly remember that I saw Revenge of the Nerds and Porky’s right at the dawn of VHS (aka the early ‘80s). In Porky’s all I remember is the scene with the peek hole in the girl’s locker room (if you know, you know), and in Revenge it was Booger’s bombastic burp. Okay, I was 6, gimme a break.
Juvenile humour aside, both movies represented an era and what people found funny at that moment. Sure, they were silly comedies but they are also time capsules full of tech, ideas, and jokes whose time has past. I mean, in 1984 “nerd” was not even a commonly used term. In fact, this movie helped popularize the label, as well as “pointdexter”, which is basically synonomous.
It’s interesting to note that John Goodman and James Cromwell, who play the football coach and lead nerd’s dad respectively, were the only two actors to have any kind of real movie career in Hollywood after this film. The head jock here, Ted McGinley, went on to be Jefferson on Married with Children, and one of the main two nerds, Anthony Edwards, was Goose in Top Gun. I guess this movie’s legacy lies in its influence, not how it was a launching pad for anyone’s career.
This movie made its mark, even if those who proudly wear the title “nerd” don’t know it. If I were to list 100 Great Comedies of the Last Century, Revenge of the Nerds would definitely be on there.