Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Although it’s extremely dated (and occasionally deeply problematic, like in the sorority house raid as well as the carnival moon walk sequence), there’s an undeniable charm to this rapturous 1980s comedy. Leads Anthony Edwards and Robert Carradine are perfectly cast and share considerable chemistry, and while none of the supporting cast manages to rise above the lowbrow material, they at least work well together as a comedic ensemble. John Goodman shows up as a belligerent coach and he walks away with some of the movie’s best laughs, while James Cromwell manages to get some big laughs despite limited screen time. It’s light as a feather and there’s nothing to it, but it sure is a fun diversion on a sunny afternoon.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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