"Real Genius" - The Sequel
Hmmm...did I hear a defeaning silence? I should be hearing wild cheering! Seriously!
'Real Genius' was, well, pure genius. It perfectly captured the feel of a high pressure, high-level academic environment, shrewdly packaged as a teen comedy. Admittedly, as I was a freshman in an Aerospace Engineering program when I first saw this movie, I am a bit biased. Still, the genius of the first movie was not in the plot, but in the characters - I saw bits my classmates in Chris, Mitch, Jordan, Lazlo and the other characters. The scene where a student cracks while studying for an exam and runs from the table is classic. The rest of the students look up, pause, and then resume studying like nothing out of the ordinary happened.
So, can a sequel work? Obviously, making a sequel to a cult movie twenty years after the fact is pretty risky. It might be better just to re-do the original movie with Kilmer as a professor, but not reprising his original role. The new young stars could keep the flavor of the original (it would be "It's a moral imperative!"), but the campus lifestyles could be updated to present day. It could work.
In any case, this is probably a good move for Kilmer. It was reported that his intentions were "...to take on more comedic roles in the future in a bid to alter his Hollywood image and take his career to a new level". I don't know about "a new level", but he clearly has comedic skills (see 'Real Genius', 'Top Secret', and even some scenes in 'Willow'). I don't expect him to become a Leslie Nielson, but he could do quite well in the genre. As an obvious fan, I hope he succeeds - and, that the sequel doesn't suck.