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Weird Science

Released Friday, 11th September 2020
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The Breakfast Club and Weird Science were both released in 1985 and it's sort of apparent which one writer/director John Hughes was more invested in. Although he was well known for having an insanely fast turnaround time on his screenplays, it sounds like he would have been the first to admit that this one could have used a little bit more work.

The accelerated production schedule was part of an overall deal he made with Universal and the experience definitely took a toll on him. It may also have contributed to the falling out he had with Anthony Michael Hall during filming, which meant this was their final collaboration.   And in the end, Hughes didn't even get final cut on the film. So even though it's still revered by those who grew up with it, it's hard not to notice how different it is from the other teen-centric comedies he made around this time.

Topics include: why Kelly LeBrock originally turned down the role of Lisa and how they spent several weeks shooting with a different actress in that role, the unusual reason the bar scene was added to the film, some mixed feelings about Lisa's powers, how this almost feels like two different premises awkwardly stitched together, the TV series that ran for several seasons, a remake that never came to fruition, and much more!

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