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Revenge of the Nerds

1984
Comedy
1h 30m
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Avg Percentile 41.16% from 2591 total ratings

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Rated 04 Jul 2015
80
77th
Yeah that's right Lewis, rape Jefferson's girlfriend, yeah! *Nerd laugh*
Rated 21 Feb 2020
67
53rd
How immensely refreshing it is to see something from the early eighties sex-crazed comedy classics that manages to avoid any of the typically offensive material from that era that has aged so poorly - said no one ever (please don't read my review of Hardbodies)
Rated 02 Feb 2008
1
10th
Enjoyed it when I was a kid. Saw it again when I was an adult and realized there is a lot of rape and sexual assault in this movie. What the fuck.
Rated 24 May 2023
45
9th
I'm not one to harp on about how problematic a movie is or view that as the main point of criticism but holy shit is this movie irresponsible. I read even at the time no one wanted to be in it which is saying something. Against all odds it provides a couple charming moments and good performances but it's best forgotten to time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
24
4th
I'm sure I found this the pinnacle of baudy comedy when I was about ten. A recent rewatch confirmed that it is almost unrelenting garbage - and I'd had a few beers at the time. Tiresome.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
80
72nd
When will nerd movie persecution end?
Rated 08 Feb 2008
91
94th
Going out on a limb here, but this is a great case of the material surpassing the genre. It could have been really dumb and cornball (and thank GOD the remake idea was recently scrapped), but it's actually really funny! I've seen it dozens of times and I still laugh throughout. And there is no disputing the greatness of the climactic musical number, featuring "Booger Presley on the mean guitar". Well done Mr. Kanew, whoever you are.
Rated 03 May 2017
70
71st
Made long before 'nerds' refashioned themselves as 'hipsters', Revenge of The Nerds is an exaggerated reminder of a cultural past that now seems positively ancient. The 'nerds', led by the charismatic Carradine and his honking laugh, turn the tables on the 'jocks', gain respect and take over the campus. It's a superior college comedy with a fine assemblage of jokes and characters and a positive message, even if it inadvertently reinforces the winners-take-all aspect of American culture.
Rated 11 Mar 2014
20
5th
Rape-by-Deception of the Nerds.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
89
95th
80s excess at its absolute best. "I've been out combing the High Schools all day!" "what the fuck are robster craws?" bam.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
63rd
Hee hee hee, 80s comedy classic. Not because it's great, but because it's memorable.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
94
86th
Booger should have won an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Poindexter's pelvic thrust still haunts my dreams.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
25
20th
Unexpectedly skeezy. While I like how implicitly inclusive the movie is, it most certainly does not extend that inclusiveness to its women characters. That rape scene. Yikes.
Rated 04 Jan 2008
30
14th
Some people need to take off those rose-tinted glasses.
Rated 20 Aug 2010
29
6th
The more I think about the film, the less I see the humor (which has aged poorly considering the extreme diminution of the social stigma associated with nerdiness since the film's release) and the more I see homophobia, ethnic stereotypes, voyeurism, and that incredibly creepy scene where a woman is tricked into having sex with the wrong man (which, last I checked, is rape). This film's message is that it's bad to be different, and if you are, then you have to trick women into sleeping with you.
Rated 22 Aug 2019
0
0th
It's a movie that hasn't aged well. A product of its time, it's mildly funny, and more often offensive. It'd be a curiosity if it didn't have the rape scene.
Rated 29 May 2009
50
15th
Doesn't that Darth Vader nerd basically rape that chick or am I think of something else?
Rated 15 Dec 2011
20
18th
While watching this movie only one thought came to mind, I am watching someone's revenge fan fic. I seriously couldn't take this movie well, seriously. It was way too impossible and it seemed like the universe bends it self over just to make damn sure that the nerds get the perfect revenge fantasy.
Rated 16 Nov 2020
60
12th
I have no idea how this gets the positive ratings that it does. I've seen a lot of 80's sex comedies, but few are as outright misogynistic & totally tone deaf as this one. Admittedly, there's a pretty neat teen romcom in here somewhere & some of the jokes are funny, but then there's everything else. The casual endorsement of rape, the panty raid, the peeping tom shtick, the "Pi Pies", the Asian guy who gets cheesy music over all his scenes, & so on. Good performances, fun idea, crappy movie.
Rated 11 Dec 2008
70
48th
NEEEEERRRDDDSSSS
Rated 21 Mar 2007
65
30th
Generic movie. Generic Review. Nerds vs. Jocks. Nerds win, sort of.
Rated 07 Mar 2012
69
72nd
Very good '80s comedy, and probably the best film ever about fraternities. Forget about Old School, forget about Animal House; this is how frat house comedy is done.
Rated 23 Nov 2010
60
29th
Movies with similar comic aspects about college irresponsibility seems to be a popular thing. American Pie, Animal House, Old School, etc... they all share that kind of humor. Revenge of the Nerds shares humor like it, only with nerds and other outcasts. There were some things in the film that were hysterically funny and some not so much, yet it's a classic. No doubt about it. My favorite would have to be Booger. He's just that funny. A movie worth watching.
Rated 29 Jan 2012
36
7th
wtfshitty ending
Rated 15 Jul 2011
70
27th
nerds FTW!
Rated 19 Jun 2011
20
6th
It's become a matter of some consensus that this decade was a bad one for movies, but a good one for comedies. Revenge of the Nerds, and others, are oftentimes put forward as evidence of this. To this, I say no. I've seen most of these classic 80s comedies, and they're generally hack and formulaic, even for back then. Hear me? They're hack. You say it hasn't aged well? I bet this movie was never good. I bet that most of you were children in the 80s, and that's why you liked it.
Rated 14 Sep 2009
100
94th
The first R-rated movie I ever watched. Dated, but still funny.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
66
51st
Hokey little guys make big movie has its heart and boner in the right place. Wait what?
Rated 07 Sep 2010
76
35th
Some incredibly funny moments, but there are better "slob vs. snob" comedies than this.
Rated 02 Apr 2010
70
23rd
So dumb, so prdictable, so 80's So much fun! I still have a soft spot for thos movie an its sequel. They're so silly and formulaic, but the jokes work, and the acting is better than what you'd expect from an 80's movie dealing with horny nerds. Not for the tarkovsky fan maybe, but if you's like to laugh, this one still works.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
100
93rd
All time great comedy.
Rated 22 Feb 2010
69
58th
NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERDS!!!!!!
Rated 17 Jan 2010
75
71st
Revenge of the nerds doesn't try to shoehorn in a socially redeeming politically correct message. In fact it seems to lampoon the whole concept of social acceptance and what is considered appropriate in American culture. The movie just boils down to nerds triumphing over jocks by getting laid and showing them up. It's simple but hilarious at the same time. If you're easily offended by blatant sexual, racial, or other stereotypes stay away.
Rated 16 May 2009
80
68th
Anyone who was a nerd when he was a kid (e.g., me) can appreciate this film
Rated 15 Jun 2012
15
7th
Why is this considered a Classic?
Rated 16 Jul 2012
35
26th
After a movie full of glorifying voyuerism, the protagonist full on rapes a cheerleader, "but its ok because she liked it". Garbage.
Rated 17 Oct 2012
50
10th
Ancient nerd movie
Rated 01 Jan 2014
70
43rd
A great work, a masterpiece. The pulled-up pants and glasses guys are the jocks right?
Rated 12 Sep 2014
36
8th
Gives nerds a bad name.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
83
71st
It's so entertaining it doesn't need anything else to be a good film.
Rated 15 Apr 2015
55
27th
Tiresome, yes, I agree t-mac. But when you go back to the early to mid 80's and look at the birth of college comedies you can't help but love what this flick did for the genre. The characters were tight, that laugh was epic, the flick clipped along at a tight little pace and hit all the marks expected of its type. I'll give it a passing grade and will probably rewatch it at some point, sober, and see if it holds up.
Rated 17 Apr 2015
68
52nd
the nerd "pranks" were decidedly more malicious than the pranks played on them. these guys were some depraved criminals. they fortunately stop short of shooting up adams college(maybe this is played for comedy in the sequels i've yet to see). but ill admit i laughed plenty not despite this fact but because of it.
Rated 24 Oct 2016
13
31st
Finally a movie with enough sexual assault that makes a great stand on real societal issues
Rated 21 Nov 2016
48
4th
really bad and I can't recommend it at all. even to laugh at.
Rated 07 Aug 2017
47
24th
Very much a product of it's time. For starters, nowadays it's the nerds that are the cool ones. Then there are scenes like the ones with surveillance camera or the Darth Vader helmet which are very un-PC and creepy. Still, during it's best moments it's a fun 80's comedy which obviously owes a lot to Animal House.
Rated 17 Feb 2020
20
17th
I remember really liking this as a kid. Then I re watched it as an adult. I didn't like this at all aside from a few things.
Rated 25 Apr 2020
33
11th
Seen: 2. I imagine this one has not aged well at all.
Rated 13 May 2022
60
25th
Coversoffalreadydressedlool+NERDSlool+jocksbuildingfiresotakefreshmanslol+shitweforgottopracticelol+sellpies/platejockgfnudelol+cuzalljocksthinkaboutissports/allwethinkaboutissex:P
Rated 19 Aug 2022
50
23rd
"Revenge of the Nerds" has its fair share of funny moments and John Goodman in one of his first roles, its '80s vibe is largely enjoyable, and its anti-bullying message, which culminates in a rousing reappropriation of the word "nerd", is certainly positive, if occasionally a little on the nose. However, it is also full of stereotypes and caricatures, sometimes to the point of racism, and includes several grating scenes of actionable sexual harassment, which is just shrugged off and normalized.
Rated 18 Aug 2023
60
19th
Laid back and agreeably silly riff on ANIMAL HOUSE style hijinks has a fun and likable cast to paper over some of the more uglier set piece gags, which do cause an odd wince but skate by due to their inherent silliness. Meanders far too much to be able to build a satisfying head of comic steam; while McGinley is an effective "villain", he doesn’t really give the nerds a satisfying target to push back against. Outside of the quite wonderful “talent show” segment, it’s all bland and forgettable.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
86
48th
Silly. From the 80s.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
57th
A sealed-in slice of the 80s. Most of the humor has dated itself (especially the rape played for comedy), but that doesn't make it any less essential for all 80s fans.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
46th
I liked this at the time, now I just wanna sample it. (Don't know what a sample is? then you're not nerdy enough)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
69th
A defining film from the 80's Revenge of the Nerds brought all kinds of people to the theaters. It's got a good message that is hilariously disguised by an uproariously funny yet crude humored revenge story. No one can help but relate to this film in some way or another, especially no one who is reading this right now. Really good!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
79th
Only the original is funny. And has scenes you could not put in a comedy made today.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
80th
Flat out hilarious. Great characters, fun plot. NEEEEEEEERDS!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
66th
While not as classic as many of the other movies of its time period, Revenge of the Nerds still rises above cult status as it has carved its niche in the pantheon of 80's nostalgia. A lot of classic scenes makes this movie worth watching again and again.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
45th
Classic 80s sex comedy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
62
63rd
Regardless of anything else, I will always treasure this movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
65th
Goofy, funny, and MUST be in your collection next to Animal House. Great pre-American Pie comedy.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
75
79th
A classic in it's own right.
Rated 02 Jul 2007
50
38th
It is what it is.
Rated 09 Jun 2007
5
45th
"It's about time the people who are picked on get to be the heroes."
Rated 26 May 2007
75
79th
Classic.
Rated 22 May 2007
76
59th
My pick for best 80s sex comedy. Politically incorrect, but funny as hell.
Rated 27 Apr 2007
68
25th
Campy and classic...but then they did eighty sequels so it gets a lower score because it started the whole mess
Rated 29 Mar 2007
55
52nd
Nerds are gonna get u.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
62
31st
Sorta aged now. Nerds today look a lot different from nerds thirty years ago.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
76
52nd
Revenge of the Nerds is an iconic comedy that shouldn't be missed by anybody.
Rated 13 Mar 2007
2
15th
HAIR PIE! "What the fuck is a robster craw?"
Rated 03 Feb 2009
98
85th
Robster craw
Rated 16 Aug 2009
88
27th
Nothing special and really not much of a comedy, but there are some funny moments. The Japanese version of Daisy Bell during the trike race has been a valuable tool in making fun of my Asian friends.
Rated 05 Jul 2009
86
33rd
"why do they call you booger?"
Rated 02 Jul 2009
75
31st
80's Classic comedy. One to be remembered. Even though nerds aren't has punished now this movie still has some great moment. Very funny, definitly silly and all in all somewhat of a precursor to comedy movies today about the outcasts of our college ranks. Unfortunately, we realize we can't live without nerds, but we are all nerds now. Who would have thought that? Besides is it really so bad, shoot most nerds have the best lives now.
Rated 05 Mar 2007
35
13th
Poor.
Rated 15 Apr 2009
66
40th
NEEEEEERRRRRDDDDDDSSSSSSS
Rated 02 Apr 2009
70
51st
It's pretty painful at the start, but at the first party scene it starts to pick up and it becomes clear why it's an '80s trash classic.
Rated 23 Feb 2009
75
71st
A funny teen film from the 80's. Uh uh yeah. Classic nerd movie.
Rated 22 Feb 2009
60
17th
Been awhile
Rated 03 Feb 2009
45
47th
When I first watched this, I kept on thinking about how shitty that pie looked at the end. Who really would want those pies?
Rated 31 Aug 2009
84
64th
Guilty pleasure...
Rated 26 Jan 2009
70
54th
Great Comedy!!!
Rated 14 Dec 2008
100
99th
the second greatest film in american history
Rated 20 Nov 2008
100
81st
Quite possibly the only thing not ruined by the presence of Ted McGinley. I knew every single character stereotype in high school, and this is quite possibly the funniest take on that era I've ever seen.
Rated 26 Aug 2008
75
48th
Great fun! On the other hand, so many ignoramuses have a twisted view both of college and intelligence because of this movie.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
88
92nd
Really a top-notch movie. Unfortunately followed by a number of bad sequels.
Rated 16 May 2008
60
40th
NERDS!
Rated 05 Apr 2008
50
22nd
oldy but better than some of the new movies
Rated 19 Oct 2007
65
26th
80s classic. Who knows how it stood up; its been years.

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