Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Curtis Armstrong, Brian Tochi, Larry B. Scott, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Donald Gibb, Matt Salinger, Julia Montgomery, Lisa Welch, John Goodman, David Wohl, Bernie Casey, James Cromwell, Alice Hirson
When lovable nerds Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) and Lewis (Robert Carradine) embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the perils that await them. They're beset by taunting from the jocks of Alpha Beta fraternity, which only worsens when the jocks accidentally burn down their house and toss the freshmen out of the freshmen dorm. To make matters more problematic Lewis develops a crush on pretty Betty Childs (Julia Montgomery), popular sorority sister and quarterback's girlfriend.
Here I am again, watching and reviewing big hits of the '80s and failing to see why they were huge hits back then.
One of the many American college/sex comedies, "Revenge of the Nerds" is a lighthearted film that manages to be funny occasionally.
As you can guess from the title, the film is about nerds, who are either ignored or discriminated against by the popular 'kids'. Now, being a nerd myself, even though I'm a woman, I know the feeling of being not respected by others, and finally seeing them get even was amazing.
Despite being completely predictable, the story shows everybody that nerds are people too, and, most important, it teaches us an important lesson: be proud of who you are.
Another good thing about the film is that the nerds are a diverse group of people. While some are still stereotyped, as a whole they are very well portrayed.
All of this being said, I was still let down by the film because of the comedy. The juvenile humor did not bother me because it was exactly what I was expecting to find here, but somehow the films fails to be hilarious. There are a few good laughs, but nothing more.
However, the all-star cast is very likable, they all play their parts with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and they make the film quite enjoyable.