Yes, that is Bill Paxton as Ilan Mitchell-Smith’s militaristic big brother. And that’s Robert Downey Jr. as one of the in-crowd jerks who makes nerds Mitchell-Smith and Hall’s lives miserable. Fortunately, this is a John Hughes comedy and our smart nerds create the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), using a computer and voodoo. Lisa is a willing sex toy, has magical powers, and just wants to help the boys get even and meet nice babes. She even cleans up. The fantasy ebullience of Hughes is given full rein here and that’s good and bad (mostly good). It’s all aimed at a certain kind of hormone-addled, 16-year-old sensibility; but who doesn’t have a little bit of that in them? —Keith Simanton
About Weird Science (1985)
Starring: Michael Berryman, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., John Kapelos, Robert Rusler, Vernon Wells, Kevin Thompson, Judie Aronson, Mikul Robins, Suzanne Snyder, Fred D. Scott, Doug MacHugh, Jennifer Balgobin, Jeff Jensen, Chino 'Fats' Williams, Prince Hughes, Jill Whitlow, Wallace Langham, Joe Gieb, Anthony Michael Hall, Rock A. Walker, Johnny Timko, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Steve James, Pamela Gordon, Robert Minkoff, Ann Coyle, Suzy J. Kellems, Robin Frohman, Vince Townsend Jr.
Director: John Hughes