Throwback Thursday-Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

The stereotype of the nerd is prevalent in our society. The stereotype is that nerd is book smart, but his or her social skills, self esteem and appearance are lacking.

In Revenge of the Nerds (1984), the nerds are Adam’s College whipping posts/second class citizens.

Lewis (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) are psyched to begin their college career. But they will soon learn that the jocks rule the school and anyone who does not fit that image is given the short end of the stick. Lewis and Gilbert decide to create their own fraternity and stand up to the ruling jocks. Can they gain the respect of their peers or will they continue to be the nerds that everyone makes them out to be?

This movie is very dated, in a certain aspect. In my opinion, it relies a little too heavily on stereotypes to cast both protagonist and antagonist. But the message of standing up for yourself and not giving a flying fig about what the world thinks of you is timeless.

I recommend it.


Throwback Thursday-When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Can men and women ever truly be friends? Can they enjoy each other’s company without getting involved with each other either romantically or sexually?

This is the question that When Harry Met Sally (1989) asked.

Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) have been around each other for years. Their relationship is strictly platonic. That is the way they both like it. They have their own lives, their own relationships, nothing could ever change their friendship. But fate has something else in mind for Harry and Sally.

This movie is rom com gold. A standard bearer for the genre for a quarter century, it both sticks to the script and steps out of the traditional narrative of a romantic comedy.

I absolutely recommend it.

And P.S. Just for fun, here is Meg Ryan faking an orgasm like the best of them while eating at Katz’s Deli, one of the best restaurants in NYC.

Throwback Thursday-Son In Law (1993)

College, for many is an eye opening experience. It is often the first time we are away from the comforts of home and family. But it is also the opportunity to grow and find out who you really are and what you want out of life.

In Son In Law (1993), Rebecca Warner (Carla Gugino) is the all American girl from a small town in the midwest. Her choice for college is a school in Los Angeles. Her first few weeks are rocky, until she meets Crawl (Pauly Shore), who helps her integrate into college life. Feeling sorry that Crawl has nowhere to go during Thanksgiving, Rebecca invites him home.  When conservative small town America meets Los Angeles party animal Crawl, Rebecca, her family and her small town will never be the same.

This movie is very early 90’s. But it does not feel that dated because anyone who has gone away to college for the first time understands the anxiety that comes with the experience.

Do I recommend it? Why not?

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