Recommending the "Freaks and Geeks" DVDs earlier today got me thinking about movies in which the geeks triumph or in which the underdogs have their day. I checked with my girl GeekSugar and she recommended a few of her favorite "geeks rule" movies, so for this week's Movie Night, check out these titles that are Geek recommended, Buzz approved.
This is one of the best movies to watch for those heartwarming "geeks rule" moments. Mikey and Brandon Walsh (um, not the Brandon Walsh from "90210," but that's a funny crossover) are determined to save their neighborhood from the big, bad meanies about to build a golf course near their homes. Together with their buddies Chunk, Andy, Mouth, Stef, and Data, the brothers set off to find the hidden fortune as marked on One-Eyed Willie's treasure map. Adventure ensues, along with Chunk's Truffle Shuffle dance and plenty of Sloth bonding.
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Revenge of the Nerds
The ringleader of this "genre" of films, Revenge of the Nerds is the ultimate geek revenge fantasy. It was such a success (having struck a chord in many a moviegoer, perhaps) it spawned a second movie and two more TV sequels. The original movie pits the nerds against the jocks as the endearingly geeky Gilbert and Lewis embark on their first year at college. The two awkward guys grow sick of the Alpha Beta frat boys' taunts, so they team up with Pointdexter and Booger, pool their high-tech sensibilities and take their geeky revenge.
The hottie genius slacker. The child prodigy. The weird guy named Lazlo who lives in the steam tunnels. What unites this motley crew, of course, is geekdom. Val Kilmer, in probably the most brilliant comedic performance of his career, stars as Chris Knight, a scientist working on a laser project with his fellow students. When the nerds realize their professor has sinister intentions, they set out to prevent the laser from getting into the wrong hands, with the help of some unforgettable one-liners and the world's largest bowl of Jiffy Pop.