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Is Kilmer going around saying a REAL GENIUS 2 is a moral imperative?!?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I know that the holidays delayed the posting of this story by about 18 hours or so, but I couldn't let this pass without a mention. AICN was sent a heads-up of a story on, the Virgin megastore/airlines/everything website that has a rumor that Val Kilmer is set to play Chris Knight again in a sequel to his '80s masterpiece REAL GENIUS. This had me doing a double take. I fuckin' love REAL GENIUS. It stands head and shoulders with ANY '80s comedy in my book. John Hughes, Mel Brooks, John Cusack, Steve Guttenberg (yes, I'm serious... go back and watch the first 2 POLICE ACADEMY movies)... all these guys are on the same level with REAL GENIUS, which has the 2nd best '80s usage of William Atherton as a huge dickhead (First being GHOSTBUSTERS and 3rd being DIE HARD). Kilmer has been saying he wants to take on more comedic roles, which is nothing but good news. His comedy work is top notch. TOP SECRET, REAL GENIUS... I think the reason I liked KISS KISS BANG BANG so much was because Kilmer reminded me of his earliest comedy work. While I'm not sure it's a great idea to sequelize REAL GENIUS, I'm thinking the risk of an unneeded and shitty sequel is worth taking if it means we see Kilmer in top form again. What are your thoughts?

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  • Dec. 27, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by kinghenryVIII


  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    Now to read the article.

    by kinghenryVIII


  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I'd see it.

    by Nordling

    I'm dying to know if Kent stopped touching himself.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    More Popcorn

    by strongbadmonkey

    As long as there are lasers and popcorn filled houses, I'm in.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Blanket-Man

    And I thought Die Hard IV was a prime example of beating a long-dead horse... Val Kilmer is now appearing at comic shows (that AREN'T in San Diego), so you know his career has taken a turn toward the desperate. This news merely confirms that.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    "Real Genius II"

    by Venkie007

    Hrm, not sure what to make of this news. I mean, it's not like the first movie is exactly "fresh" in everyone's heads, right? It's becoming commonplace to "go back to the well" for stars who want to resurrect their career, such as Stallone, Willis, and now Kilmer. I'd rather see him in "The Doors 2" than a sequel to Real Genius. I mean, what plot could they POSSIBLY do?? They gonna get the fella that lived in the closet again? Y'know, the dude from "The Pretender"?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    OK. Read it.

    by kinghenryVIII

    Not too keen on this idea. I loved the first one - I was like maybe 13 or or so. This is the flick that made me want to study and showed me geeks, dorks, and nerds were actually cooler then the jocks. I myself am a swimmer but .... I went to college and craved pussy, thus, changed - started giving swirlies to every "study abroad bitch from Asia" that I could. of course I kid. How else could I pass chemistry?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I say go for it.


    While the orginal is pretty cool it wont hurt to see what is going on some twenty years later.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Let's just take a step back...

    by Fawst

    No, no, take a step forward. Now take a step back. And take a step forward, and now we're cha-cha'ing! Jesus christ that movie IS genius. "Ok, GOD... LEMME HAVE IT!" Oh, how I love that movie. This is good news to me, it could be shit, but it will be interesting to see Mitch again. Wonder if he grew into his face at all? No offense to the guy, but he was just very... awkward looking. Perfect for the roll.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Fawst

    Don't fuck with Lazlo.<p>The dude was a werewolf in Fright Night 2!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Best 80's Comedies

    by Fawst

    In no order:<p> Real Genius<p> Better Off Dead<p> One Crazy Summer<p> And that's that.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    "Knight, i want to see more of you in the lab".

    by kinghenryVIII

    "OK, I'll gain weight." The movie, for me, was an 80's masterpeice. The ice slidding in the hallway .... "I drank what?" Please don't make a sequal. i won't freak like the Transformer boobs about trashing a cartoon of my youth, but frankly, I feel Kilmer can pick projects (haters - start flaying me now) and is a funny sonuvabitch when the script is right.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Val Kilmer was in "top form," in The Doors. And maybe Top Gun. The list drops off after that.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Love the movie, hate the idea of a sequel

    by Gorrister

    The thing about sequels is that you have to strike while the iron is hot. Although I LOVE this campy little movie, I find that most people these days have either never heard of it, or haven't seen it since the 80's.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Do you mind if I name my first child after you?

    by Ricky Henderson

    "Dipshit Knight" has a nice ring to it. What a great movie.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    God let it be true

    by PwnedByStallone

    PLEASE! oh and Quint...stop playing with yourself.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST

    This could absolutely work...

    by Childe Roland

    ...if Chris Knight has become the Lazlo-esque characte, still hanging around the campus and offering whacked out advice to newbies. I suppose he could be a teacher, too, but they'd really need to create a conflict that makes sense for him in that role (maybe he's a Robin Williams type from Dead Poets?). I'm curious to see where this heads.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by Evil_Imp

    why does everything good from the past have to be ressurected? nothing can be left alone anymore. is there really that much unoriginality in Hollywood that everything needs a sequal or a remake. we live in the facsimile movie generation.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Better Off Dead and Real Men ....

    by kinghenryVIII

    Better Off Dead was great. I haven't seen that in a while. Forgot all about Real Men. Classic stuff. Mitch had the biggest face. That dark haired chic could have sat side saddle on that mug of his. "Can you hammer a 12 inch spike thru a board with your penis?" Funny shit. Great movie. Lazlo and his lottery tickets!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Already posted but man I'm already pumped.

    by PwnedByStallone

    I love this idea. Fucking. Love. It. Agree with the 80's comedies best of list but to continue....Back to School, Sixteen Candles, Adventures in Babysitting, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, The Golden Child, Beverly Hills Cop, 48 Hours, etc. Keep it going!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Lazlo was a Werewolf in Monster Squad

    by holidill

    Not Fright Night 2.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Real Genius is Genius

    by holidill

    I love the film as well, but the idea of a sequel scares me. Also I think Gabe Jarret who played Mitch is actually teaching Physics at some University, I think it was him. They talked about him on VH1s top 100 child stars. Val Kilmer looked like he was having fun in Top Secret and Real Genius, so it would be good to see him have fun again. Though I don't know about the sequel.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    ANYTHING to stop Christmas movies with Danny DeVito

    by myspoonistoobig

    Top Secret is awesome. Better Off Dead is awesome. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was pretty good, although few actors can do genuinely "talkative" dialogue and Downey's voiceover failed to nail it. Didn't like One Crazy Summer, though. I haven't seen Real Genius. It seemed to have a cult appeal and I was hoping for a Special Edition. Everyone seems to like it, though, I might have to get it.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST

    They should only do this if...

    by RenoNevada2000

    They should only do this if they can lure uber-cutie Michelle Myrinck out of retirement to play Jordan again.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by Frijole

    You are incorrect. He was in Fright Night 2, not Monster Squad. Trust us... Lazlo was also the homeless guy that stole Kramer and Newman's rickshaw on Seinfeld.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    FRIJOLE he was in both

    by holidill

    Just got off of IMDB he was in both Monster Squad and Fright Night 2. I owe you an apology, I have not seen Fright Night 2 in a few years, but I know he was in Monster Squad as well. Check under Jon Gries.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Porky's !!!!!

    by kinghenryVIII

    And wasn't Lazlo also in Napoleon Dynamite? Uncle Rico - smacked him in the face with the steak while he was riding the bike. Best part of the movie.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Police Academy 4 was the best one!!!

    by Neo Zeed

    Yeah! More Zed = more laughs. About Real Genius? I'd see it if the original cast returned, and they got Martha Coolidge, and the original screenwriters back (HOWEVER..I believe these writers are now responsible for the Scary Movie maybe it's best to let leave Real Genius 2 alone before it turns into American Pie Band Camp part 14.)

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3 p.m. CST

    IMDB has Wolman in Monster Squad...

    by Frijole

    credited to a Carl Thibault. It's been longer since I've seen Monster Squad, so maybe he played another character in that, but not the werewolf.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Real Genius was like many 80's movies

    by Photoman

    They start off great, very funny, very compelling....then they just go no where. They have a first and second act, then the 3rd act is slapped on in a half-assed way with a pretty anti-climatic ending. I mean, come on, the big popcorn popping scene was ok, but didn't it seem that everything was kinda just rushed right through starting with the B-1 break-in to the very end when Lazlo came driving up in his prize-van? If felt rushed and slapped together to me.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Oh no...

    by robotdevil

    I loved Real Genius... but why? why do this? if the man wants to make a comedy, why doesn't he just try something new?!?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Funny damn movie.

    by zacdilone

    "Would you prepared if gravity reversed itself? The only thing I can't figure out is how to keep the change in my pockets. I've got it. Nudity." What I can't figure out is how the writer of great material like that went on to pen "Police Academy 6" and "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of the Sea World Adventure."

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by holidill

    Maybe Thibault played him when he was in werewolf form, you may need a stuntman or someone who doesn't mind getting all made up to play the role, but I am certain that when he is in human form it is Lazlo. I'll have to watch it again.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Lazlo's got nards

    by Quint

    Jon Gries was the werewolf in human form. 100% Take it to the bank. "He's gonna kill your son!!!! Arrhhhhhhhggghhh"

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by stlfilmwire

    This works perfectly because you don't have to see the original to see a new one. Just have Chris Knight getting hired to serve as a professor at the same college. Of course, dickhead would still be working there or maybe he's doing something else. Chris first dives down into Laszo's ole digs and decides he is going to live there instead of paying rent. Why? He owes his ex child support or something and he doesn't want to spend any money that he doesn't have to. Of course, he then latches on to a new genius, with hopes of bucking the system, getting some $, and bettering the world... but maybe not in that order.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Yep, he's the guy laying on the ground

    by Fawst

    with a silver bullet wound in Monster Squad. I kinda wished they had done a sequel to that. That was one of those movies that kind of never found itself. At times it was a cute kids movie, at other times, it was trying to be way too adult. And I am not afraid to admit that I got highly turned on at the age of 12 when Drac had those women in the room and he was closing in on them.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    So Kilmer saw "Pirates of the Carribbean," I take it?


    Decided he'd do a Johnny Depp, take a break from being a "serious" actor and spend some time doing silly shit for a paycheck? I'm not slagging the guy or anything. Truth is I've always thought he's a tremendous actor. Look at some of his roles in the 90's - the mofo played Doc Holiday, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and friggin' BATMAN all within a 5-year stretch. Who else (besides Gary Oldman, maybe) can boast a resume' like that?? I think Kilmer is fantastic, and if he DOES decide to take a page out of Depp's playbook to pay some bills, I certainly have no problem with it. BUT... Real Genius 2?? Come on, man. I love the movie as much as you guys seem to; in fact, hearing all the lines from the movie resurrected in this TB are bringing back some fond memories of the flick, big time. However, there's just no need for it. There's no call for it. Why bother? Why THIS project? Why must he make a sequel?? Especially for something that really just doesn't need one. I mean... a 23-year lag between the first and the second... it's worse than "untimely," it's flat-out embarrassing. Val, why not do something a bit better-suited to your intensity, like what Kiefer did with 24. Think about it - before 5 years ago, Kiefer Sutherland could hardly get hired for a hemorrhoid commercial. Now he's Mr. Golden Globes, Mr. Emmy-Awards. He's a huge fish in a somewhat smaller (and these days far more innovative) pond. And even if he does movies that go nowhere (ie, "The Sentinel,") people don't mind because they just can't wait for the next season of his show. So Val, make a mainstream flick if you want - make a few of them if you want to. You'd do well with them, I'm sure. Hell, Downey's playing Iron Man... us geeks are digging the hell out of that. But Real Genius 2? A big step back, IMO. Don't do that to yourself, man.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Lazlo was Napolean Dynamite's uncle.

    by Nice Marmot

    The one who hit Napolean in the head w/ that piece of meat. You know, the only funny part of that whole movie.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but...

    by Fawst

    If you don't think the scene with the time machine isn't funny, well... I dunno. That whole movie is funny, I think.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I thought his best comedy was Batman.

    by mrfan

    He made me laugh at it pretty good.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    "You'll rue the day!"

    by dastickboy

    "Rue the day? Who talks like that?"

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Jon Gries in MS

    by Gislef_crow

    The Monster Squad (1987) (as Jonathan Gries) .... Desperate Man (from IMDB)

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Lottery Tickets ????

    by meCPS

    WTF! Lazlo was way too smart to waste time and money on the lottery. He was playing the odds on SWEEPSTAKES entries, thus the cool RV and all the other booty he collected.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by bodiless

    ...I've got the Omni magazine with the article which was much of the inspiration some of the stuff in that flick ...Cal-Tec must have been a wild place in those days.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I just want liquid nitrogen quarters...

    by oscarbait I can go to the nudie booth for free! YEAH!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Val's always been my favorite actor

    by CherryValance

    and Top Secret! is my 8th favorite movie but I don't know about a Real Genius sequel. Whenever I see Lazlo it's funny because it was such a small role but I still immediately associate him with that closet. I loved him in The Big Empty. And that other kid looked really good last time I saw him. I think it was Apollo 13? I dunno, maybe it could work. But it would have to be serious wouldn't it? Maybe like all those scientists who've gone missing and in this case one of them, maybe Chris, went missing but instead of being murdered by The Man, it turns out to be something funny instead. But honestly Val should have been doing comedy all along. He's so talented he aggravates me with some of the crap he's been in and even worse with the movies he hasn't been in.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I talk like that...

    by zacdilone churlish, fool-born scullion!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    meCPS - my bad.

    by kinghenryVIII

    It's been like 15 years since I've seen it. This demands a special edition. I mean, My Demon Lover more then likely has one - with the tough guy Nick from Family Ties is in it - remember that shit!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    All the 80's hair teen comedies ....

    by kinghenryVIII

    And it was good shit. Now look at the comedies today .... sigh .... I'm gonna leave work and go watch Heathers and Pump Up the Volume. Double feature Christmas dinner left over time.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Chris Knight Cal Tech Professor

    by jegoing74

    A genius who became a washed up boring professor. Mitch comes back from living in Hawaii and having fun, and he is going to save Chris Knight from his boring life. TriStar Pictures Presents: a Martha Coolidge Film, Real Genius II: Professor Chris Knight.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    They should let...

    by mr. brownstone

    Kilmer write and direct it too. Then we'd really be in for a treat.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Jon Gries was also a vampire in Fright Night 2

    by Logo Lou

    And of course, he was in The Pretender!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Real Genius

    by Volstaff

    Was one of my 80's comedies faves too.Looking back, John Hughes was sooo fucking overrated. His mnovies were more like dramas with a dash of comedy thrown in. Real Genius and Better Off Dead are the penultimate movies you want in your 80's comedy time vault. By the way, thinking of Better Off Dead, what the hell ever happened to "Savage" Steve Holland anyway?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Real Genius 2: The Dark Knight

    by Stringer Bell

    Evil Chris Knight... Oooohhhh Scary. Best dialog from Real Men by the way: Bob: I didn't know you smoked. Nick: Just after sex, Bob. I'm trying to give it up. Bob: Well, at least you don't smoke that much. Nick: About a pack a day. Bob: That'll kill ya! Nick: Bob, it won't kill ya. But it will make you very sore.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    ...that time I found you naked with a bowl of jello?

    by Handiana Jolo

    I was hot and I was hungry, ok? <br><br>Love that fucking movie. And I'm glad Quint brought up Kiss Kiss Bang Bang because that movie kicked all sorts of ass. I do disagree, however, with the TBer who said that Downey's voiceover was done poorly (or something of that nature). His voiceover was done pretty well I thought, a surprise given how much I usually hate the device in general.<br><br>Kudos to those who have mentioned Spies Like Us as well, which I think is more than a guilty pleasure; it's criminally underrated.<br><br> I am a bit dismayed that we're discussing 80s comedies and the one that provided the inspiration for my TB name, Bill and Ted's, hasn't been mentioned yet. They should do another one of those. Betcha more people would see Keanu in that than in that weird time-traveling chick-flick with Bullock (Sandra, not Sherrif).<br><br>San Dimas High School Football Rules!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST

    could the same person

    by Handiana Jolo

    with the shred of intelligence who answers rudyrusso's question (if that's what it is, i know there was a question mark in there somewhere but not quite sure it made any sense) also explain to me what his point is? Something about hollywood dying/TBers sucking?<br><br>Finally a talkback where people are having fun with the subject at hand and now we got the guy with the already-trampled-to-death-to assertion that Hollywood is dead because of (fill in the blank)? Ugh. You must be a blast at parties. Are you gonna claim that [insert show here] has jumped the shark? Shit, from what I understand, people said that "talkies" were the end of Hollywood. <br><br>It'd be great if we could all agree to take our anti-rhetoric meds on the same days from now on. I think we'd all have more fun.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by Handiana Jolo

    I didn't claim to be the guy with the shred of intelligence (I do admit to really liking the movie Dirty Work) so the mistakes and over-usage of parentheses in my post don't seem quite as hypocritical as they could be.<br><br>San Dimas High School Football Rules!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Real Genius 2=Flames on Optimus

    by TheRealDilbert27

    Equals All your base are belong to us equals damn you michael bay

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by zombieslayer

    who the fuck has an 8th favorite movie?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    I'll echo the above:

    by Orbots Commander

    Kilmer is a very good actor and sort of a character actor in a leading man's body. I wish him nothing but success in his future project picks, but come on Val----Real Genius 2? Isn't there another good comedy script out there for you? Maybe Val could do something with the Farrelly brothers.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    That's funny. I've had...

    by beamish13

    the Comsat Angels' "I'm Falling" on my iPod for months. It was used in "Real Genius" during a montage, I believe.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    The Pretender

    by Venkie007

    All this talk about Lazlo, or whoever.....whatever happened to Mick T Weiss, aka Jarrod?? He just vanished

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST



    I heard Danny Tripp is looking for you. Something about you not being "a very credible source." ;-)

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Sounds like greatness

    by dejectedgeek

    I hope he does it...cause Real Genius was fucking hilarious.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    what? you dont't keep a list? I thought everyone did. LOL

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    WHY NOT?!?

    by Malebolgia

    FUCK ALL YOU NAYSAYERS!! this is fantastic!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    It should take place one week after the first film...

    by tonagan

    Having all these actors in their 40's pretending to still be in college would be hysterical. That's just me, though.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    "War Games vs. Real Genius"!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    "Whoever wins... your childhood's lost"

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Rue the day?

    by Zarles

    Who talks like that?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I wanna see Top Gun 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Doc_Strange


  • Dec. 27, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Is he like the dean in this one?

    by carpemundus

    kinda like matthew broderick in ferris buller, then in election. or he know what? fuck it, this is just a bad idea - making the sequel to best defense as we speak

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Oh, Evil_Imp...and we were going to make you--

    by Bob Cryptonight

    --King of the Winter Carnival.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Bigger Trouble In Little China

    by shellfishh

    Real Genius is an underrated classic chock full of good quotable lines. Sign me up for this and a sequel to Big Trouble in Little China.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Best 80's Comedies:

    by future help

    (inpo) Caddy Shack, Stripes, Vacation, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Real Life (79?), Loverboy, Bachlor Party, Trading Places, 48hrs, Bev. Hills Cop,Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller(90?), Blues Brothers and American Warewolf in London...

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    No, No, No! The Doors 2!

    by Kirbymanly

    Picture this: Morrison comes back as a ghost, chugs back 6 bottles of whiskey and then GHOST BLASTS acid-hot shit into the surviving Doors mouths for two hours straight.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    bring it on!

    by reckni

    just saw it on tv recently, why not?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I also liked the popcorn.

    by oscarbait

    Nothing like eating popcorn and watching it pop on-screen. MMMMMM! Visually Delicious!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 9:50 p.m. CST

    But only if...

    by kafka07

    ...they start right where the last one left off. Have all the same actors playing the same rolls in the same time period. Just a creepy idea I had. But hey, it would guarantee some laughs, right? Albeit some awkward ones.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    The plot...

    by oscarbait

    Mitch and Jordan thought they had the perfect life. From their gaggle of nerd babies to their new house in Eureka, everything was swell...UNTIL...late one night Lazlo's hot, genius-seeking wife shows up at their door, beaten and near death. She tells them that Lazlo has gone mad, having never, ever received his money from that Jamaican Doctor who lost his family and wants to share his lottery winnings with you. Lazlo is distraught and has set out to kill everyone on his list from the old days starting with renowned inventor and world famous gynecologist Dr. Chris Knight. Before she dies, she tells them that she escaped to come to warn them. Jordan, Mitch, and the nerd babies travel to L.A. to save him...and the others! ****SPOILER ALERT***** It turns out Lazlo is not Lazlo but Kent, still pissed about the car in the dorm room thing and hearing Jesus in his reatainer, wearing a Lazlo suit that he made. He dies in a freak cold organic polenta incident. Forever haunted by corn and its' products.**** END SPOILER***** Jordan, Mitch and the nerd babies all live happily ever after. Chris goes back to his boring day job. THE END...OR IS IT?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    The Movie ends with John Cusack smashing a TV set over Val Kilmer's head. And if William Atherton is still alive, he must return.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    "Betcha I could throw a football over them mountains"

    by Billyeveryteen

    Yep, that's Lazlo.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Please don't have any children and pollute the gene pool. We don't need anymore kids with "FIRST!" as their goal in life. Bitch.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Agreed, they have to get back the original cast

    by Sir Loin

    ...including Atherton as the bad guy, no doubt he's out for revenge after his house was destroyed by the DOD & JiffyPop. Knight as the Lazlo character is a rehash, I'm guessing he'd be some kind of renegade scientist that's loathed by the "proper" scientific community. Kilmer, it's your DUTY TO MAKE THIS FILM! So don't screw it up :)

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles says HELLO

    by Colonel Kane

    a classic

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST


    by wanna_bannana

    Kilmer could use a reshine, tombstone is a fav, and i own real genuis. But i would not pay to see the sequel in the local cineplex, i would wait for dvd.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Moviehole.Net Owned this Scoop, Didn't they???

    by BillyRosewood

    This item was pinched from the Moviehole site - they had this story up last week as their main news story of the day, sourcing PREMIERE magazine. The guy that runs Moviehole mentions that has been pinching his stories on a daily basis here : "P.S - One lot we'd like to see get some stinky presents this year is Virgin.Net - a site that takes pride in pinching others stories, writing them up in their own words, and then, flat-out passing them off as their own. If they do attribute it to someone else.... it's usually the wrong site. I.E - Our John Cena/"Predator 3" story, which they re-printed here, has been attributed to Variety (!), whilst you've just gotta read stories like this - they've taken it from our site and got it ALL wrong. You dicks! Home Media Retailing is the site you should be attributing the article to, NOT the distributor of the film!. Hacks."

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Just Say No!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    I have a special affection for Real Genius for all of the reasons everybody is talking about here. I just can't see any reason to try to make a sequel at this point in the game except that Val Kilmer is going after the money. I think that Val Kilmer has always been an under achiever in terms of his career. I have that same feeling of Andy Garcia and Kevin Bacon. All have been dutifully employed and chugging out movies. All have had memorable roles. None have become 'A' hollywood material, but all have had the potential. I think a sequel to Real Genius would just be a vehicle for Val Kilmer to have a starring role again in a movie that would bring in bucks during week 1 at the theater.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST

    This is the best news I've ever heard.

    by Dick Nicely

    I remember when this kind of comedy used to be smart-pretending-to-be-dumb, as opposed to the reverse which is what we get today. So if this is as smart and funny as the original, I'll be there! Val Kilmer is hilarious. Would be strange seeing an 80s-style comedy on the big screen, though, instead of video.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Get Kilmer's ass into the talkback and we'll let him...

    by Dazzler69

    know what we think. I think it's great, the update on his character could be pretty cool. Now if Ferris would take his day off work?

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Future Help...

    by Tom Arnold

    I can't believe I forgot about Weird Science. That movie is freakin' hilarious, especially Gary drunk talking about getting his heart broken by "this little 8th-grade bitch". Holy shit, that whole scene should've won AMH an Oscar. Plus, I remember being totally enamored with Kelly LeBrock as a kid. Nowadays, not so much.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off Work...

    by Dick Nicely

    Will be one of the great unmade films, like Welles's Don Quixote and the Coens' To The White Sea. And that, my friends, is a tragedy.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I'll see this if..

    by Diagnostic

    they do a Sci-Fi type re-imagining with Mitch Knight played by Nikki Clyne or Grace Park.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 7:55 a.m. CST

    5_day_forecast hit it on the head...

    by just pillow talk

    He was great in Tombstone - "I'm your huckleberry"...

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    This sequel must be made!

    by JAGUART

    It's a moral imperative.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Well done SIR LOIN

    by kinghenryVIII

    Nice name by the way, catchy and cute. But I digress .... smell my fingers bitch! They taste like your moms taint. Though, she left some sort of crud under my finger nails (reminds me of steamed crabs and milk). I'll send a bottle of vinegar over to the house as a post holiday gift. Of course I kid - why'd ya have to ruin a perfectly civil (and fun) talkback with those remarks. I am guessing you were not around for the hay day of comedy that was the 80's and your idea of an "off the hook" movie is Snow day.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

    by kinghenryVIII

    Classic. Steve Martin's F bomb riddin freak out in the airport was worht every penny. Wow - I saw that in the movies in 8th grade. They drive bewteen the 2 trucks - "your going the wrong way" "how do they know where we're going" and John Candy turns into the Devil ....

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I didn't realize this until Deja Vu but I actually like

    by Cotton McKnight

    every movie that has Val Kilmer. Even the really bad ones are made watchable because of his performances.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    and yes, I like that movie red planet too.

    by Cotton McKnight

    was that what it was called? It was FAR superior to "Mission to Mars". Actually I think its underrated.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Kilmer a world class drunk

    by skydog

    he eats at my restaurant and acts like Chris Knight when he gets a few drinks in him. "Let me take your coat" he says to a lady friend before throwing it on the floor. I would believe the rumor.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    It would seem Val Kilmer has become, how do you say,...

    by StovetopStuffin'

    indispensable? Indispensable. That's what I thought.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Do you ever have that dream. .

    by skydog

    Where you are standing on a pyramid in sort of sun god robes, surrounded by thousands of naked women all screaming and throwing tiny pickles at you? Or am I the only one?

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST

    "Have you ever seen a more fabulous body in your life?"

    by pokadoo

    Stuffy old guy: "That's my Daughter!!!" Val: "Oh...well, I guess you have then!"

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I have seen ferris more than any other and

    by emeraldboy

    I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen it. I rented it out there on DvD. So that makes it about 9 or ten times. oh yeah... chica-chica chicahh. The 80's were I think, my favourite decade. The amount of films I saw back then was when I think about it enormous. I was a kid back then and I was born in the year ford became president. The only film that I would ever campaign for dvd release is that extraordinary Will Vinton Vid. Quest of the comet or Comet quest. Wow that film was a masterpiece. I also A lots of films in the 90's. I remember going to see Ace ventura with a school friend on a saturday and being nearly sick. I remember the weekend Resevoir dogs came out. We didnt tell our parents what film we were going to see and I remember waiting for ages for my friend to arrive. A whole group us in our final year went to Four weddding and went with my parents. The only time I have ever felt guilt over a movie was the time when Pulp fiction came, my mother and were going to see it. She told me to go in and get two tickets. As I did the dart came along and jumped on it. I got home and my mother was too happy. But she saw Pulp fiction and she enjoyed.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    its strange the way hollywood seems to predict things

    by emeraldboy

    before they happen. weird. Everyone slated The seige with bruce willis and Denzel washington and yet 7 years later. 9/11 happened. bizaare. Kubrick was spot on, when he predicted that eventaully The USA and the world would be run by lunatics. USA especially.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh, Ruprick the Monkey Boy

    by kinghenryVIII

    "Not mother." Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was great. Fine decade for funny movies.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    "Are you Chris Knight?"

    by kwisatzhaderach

    "I hope so, i'm wearing his underwear." Genius.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Dirty rotten Scoundrels

    by emeraldboy

    is a fine film and it is Martins best as a comedian. Caine wasnt bad either.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Ferris Bueller: Welfare Recipient

    by Spandau Belly

    Ferris's slacking quickly catches up with him and (insert Clerks or Clerks II here).

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    If this sequel does tank...

    by ByTor

    Would you classify that as a design problem or a launch problem?

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    You'll also cry during Transformers, but for different reasons. I cried from the South Park episode where Santa got shot down over Iraq. "Not Santa's balls!"

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    well, prepare to shed more tears from all...

    by just pillow talk

    the sequels to Transformers. Childe had me in tears when he had to physically write that down in the Optimus Prime talkback.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Genius, all right

    by ByTor

    So many hilarious lines. This took so long to come out on DVD that I bought a freakin' laserdisc player for it. "So, if there's anything I can do for you, or, more to the point, to you, you just let me know." "Can you hammer a six-inch spike through a board with your penis?" "Not right now." "Susan: A girl's gotta have her standards."

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Lazlo was in Monster Squad and Fright Night 2

    by Dominic

    He played a werewolf in MS and a shape-shifting vampire/wolf in FN2 (like Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula). This may be the reason for some of the confusion. I'm still waiting for Teen Wolf 3. The plot is identical to part 1 (like "too" was) but this time it's Scott and Boof's daughter who becomes the wolf and kicks ass on the soccer field. There should be a new movie for each sport.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    It's impossible to ruin a "perfectly civil (and fun)" talkback when the first two posts are to announce that you've scored the first post and thus completed your purpose in life (without even reading the article) and calling everyone else "bitches." Then you proceed to attempt mom jokes when called on it. Superb case for birth control if I ever saw one.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    BSB - nukes

    by Sir Loin

    Dude, that's a good point...the early 80's were mostly "We're all gonne die!" movies, like WarGames and The Day After, but it seemed to lighten up after that, didn't it? Strange. The 70's were all about biological destruction (Andromeda Strain & Body Snatchers pods)...but the mid to late 80's were all pretty much light and fun with Atherton and Ronny Cox playing the bad guy.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by kinghenryVIII

    OK - I'll come clean. I used to frequent the TB's about 8-9 years ago. I never was first. I've felt scatted on ever since. FINNALLY, I have acheived it. I'm gonna find me a turkey leg, about 3 ho's, and do some be-heading if a male heir is not squatted out. Also - just picked up the Real Genius DVD at Best Buy. Cost me $21 (shouldn't be in a "Get rid of" bin by now?). I was hoping it was a screw up but .... I got scammed, but it's cool. Nice addition, since I left the VHS copy at college 13 years ago.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    FUCKING SWEET! Bring on Jon Gries!

    by Supercoolmanchu

    This is my 80's wet dream come true. My all time favorite movie ever. To this day the song, "Everyboyd Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears brings a smile to my face.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Stop Playing With Yourself, Kent/A Girl's Gotta Have...

    by tensticks

    Standards. Just had to quote the two best lines in the movie as a headline, since no one else has.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Sounds good. Save me a turkey leg and at least 2 ho's...$21 for the Real Genius DVD?! Crikey. I just bought The Descent for $22, and it's brand new. Conspiracy afoot!

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    on the plus side, to attract a wider audience

    by hktelemacher

    They could cast Sarah Jessica Parker as the grown-up Mitch. Don't know if anyone made that comparison yet or not, but it's uncanny.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Come on now

    by Jaka

    They couldn't possibly set it in the same environment... because that would be lame. It would have to be a "what is this character doing 20 plus years later" kinda thing. Away from school, with a different supporting cast. That's my take on it anyway.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I went to the premiere!

    by Regis Travolta

    Oh what a night that was. My first Hollywood premiere. Val was very handsome back then teenage girls were screaming for him! They even screamed for the guy who played Gabe or was his name Gabe? I also got to see Severn Darden. What a night. Sure do a sequel why not.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Sir Loin - Best buy had The Descent for $16.99

    by kinghenryVIII

    I moved to DC about a year ago - from Dewey Beach Delaware (don't ask me why, it was the beach after all) and it is a pain in the ass to get to a Target or Walmart to get DVD's cheap BUT apparently Best Buy does the same - they keep the price on new releases cheap for the first week and then bumps them up. Keep the pay stub and take it back and find a Best Buy - ya got one day left to save man. I watched The Descent last night. Everyone seems to hate it but man, it holds up. Surround sound - you can hear the cave crawlers "clicking" away from the start. Good movie - not sure of why there all the hate. Real Genius was still as good as I remember - better be for $21!

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by DarthRicker

    Sarah Jessica Parker = Mitch. I think I just pissed myself a bit. <p> As far as 80s comedies go, how about Three O' Clock High?

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jessica Parker = Mitch / Lionel Ritchie

    by kinghenryVIII

    The long faces unite!

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    More quotes ....

    by kinghenryVIII

    This...this is ice. This is what happens when water gets cold. This...this is Kent. This is what happens when two people get sexually frustrated."

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Best 80's Comedy Hands Down

    by Itchy

    has got to be The Killing Fields. That mother fucker makes me crack up every time I see it.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Some Love for the 80's babes

    by shellfishh

    Sending out some love for 80's Uber Babes Deborah Foreman and Mia Sara!

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    And Valley Girl Zombies

    by shellfishh

    When's the "Night of the Comet" DVD release, dammit?

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    they need to make CHRIS KNIGHT vs FERRIS BUELLER

    by Sir Loin

    That would rock, think of the possibilities...BTW kinghenryVIII, you're right about watching The Descent with a good sound system, the clicking sound of the crawlers was awesome.

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Breakfast Club

    by PeteBogs

    I think they should do a Linklater "Before Sunrise/Sunset" thing and make a followup to Breakfast Club using the original actors... not a remake with Aston Kutcher or some crap, but the same actors meeting up again 20 years later... they're divorced and bitter, and now they can complain about their exes rather than their folks... I am not joking... indifferent to Real Genuius 2... and Goonies 2 for that matter...

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Mia Sara!

    by Jaka

    Ahhh. Fine, fine mamor... I mean memories.

  • Dec. 31, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Madmartigan

    who can critcize a decade that produced Red Dawn and Roadhouse. Kilmer needs to do something to prove he isn't a reanimated corpse.

  • May 22, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by margalit lowe

    That would be a great idea. I think in the sequel they could all be drafted by the US to fight overseas. Or they all become drafted under the Patriot Act, some clause somewhere, and are forced to learn military tactics with the hefty military guys. It would be a great idea. They could come home in another dimension as the parents/friends/classmates would be under the impression that they died, when in reality they had to serve overseas. The scientists could reject working for military initially, and then perhaps combine their work to create a compromise. Have the group catch the bad guy at the end or something like that.