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"Real Genius" - The Sequel

It looks like Val Kilmer will be Chris Knight once again! Kilmer has reportedly signed on to star in a sequel to the 1985 comedy, 'Real Genius'.

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 " 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.

sweet! first good news of the new year. although i'm not necessarily a fan of sequels, "Real Genius" is one of my all time favorites.

- "kent puts his name on his license plate."
- "yea, my mom does the same thing with my underwear."
- your mom puts license plates in your underwear? how do you sit?"

-- Posted by: mediaboy at January 2, 2007 4:50 PM

Hmm. I might have to see this film. I too LOOOOVED the original. My only concern is the potential spoiling of a good thing.

-- Posted by: shannon at January 2, 2007 9:54 PM

I have to admit...I actually wrote 'I aced this' on a graduate exam. Didn't have an exploding apple, though...

-- Posted by: fred at January 3, 2007 10:31 AM


Highfive fred! I'm a teacher myself and I tell my students to write that for other teachers - too funny ;)

-- Posted by: Johnny at January 10, 2007 10:41 AM

Johnny - that's too funny! You have to tell them to make sure that they really do ace the exam, would be a bit embarrassing if they end up with a 'D' and have that on there. ;-)

-- Posted by: Fred at January 14, 2007 7:58 AM

Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?

-- Posted by: Bill at December 18, 2007 12:59 PM

Didn't they film it at Caltech and Stanford or some other California school? Are they even going to let Val Kilmer on campus now that he's not an unknown?

-- Posted by: athloi at December 18, 2007 1:41 PM

Um... 22 years later?

I think I'll wait for the reviews.

-- Posted by: heldmyw at December 18, 2007 2:04 PM

As much as I loved Real Genius, I'd rather he make a sequel to Top Secret!!

-- Posted by: Lorelei at December 18, 2007 2:20 PM

I show this movie to everybody I can and they all love it, even my kids. And talk about quotable one liners- a day doesn't go by without a chance to use at least one. "would you be prepared if gravity suddenly reversed itself? I just can't figure out how to keep change from falling out if my pockets... I got it- nudity!"

-- Posted by: L Hollyfeld at December 18, 2007 2:26 PM

Val Kilmer is a terrific actor but I cant believe you failed to mention Doc Holiday!! Only the best role Val has ever performed.

-- Posted by: Chase at December 18, 2007 7:06 PM

that's because athough he provided some comedy relief in that movie from time to time, it was not a comedy.

Real Genius is also one of my all time favs along with Top Secret. I sure hope the new movie turns out well...

not to sound stupid for not knowing his name at the moment... but I think they should sign on the Van Wilder guy as a student.

-- Posted by: mike at December 18, 2007 10:17 PM

The Sun-God dream line was my graduation quote in High School


-- Posted by: Bob at December 18, 2007 10:37 PM

What a great idea! Real Genius is one of my all-time favs and I too quote it almost daily. I do hope that they cast the two roommates from the new "Big Bang" TV show.

-- Posted by: Oz at December 19, 2007 8:53 AM

Susan: Can you hammer a six-inch spike through a board with your penis?
Chris Knight: Not right now.
Susan: A girl's gotta have her standards.

An all time favorite. A quote a second in that movie. Val was also hilarious in Kiss,Kiss Bang,Bang.

-- Posted by: Allen at December 19, 2007 11:50 AM

um. Didn't they already do this and call it good will hunting or something?

-- Posted by: bubby at December 19, 2007 12:30 PM