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Real Genius

Real Genius

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January 19th was National Popcorn Day which is our inspiration for choosing Martha Coolidge's 1985 film REAL GENIUS starring Val Kilmer as our next Rialto Recommends. Chris (Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch is the 15-year-old college wiz kid. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project with a mysterious deadline, they still find time to use their genius to discover new ways to have fun. It follows college tropes, but REAL GENIUS has an optimistic streak that puts you on Val Kilmer's side all the way. The Los Angeles Times said "It's a brisk, smart satirical comedy set in a Caltech-like institution for the whiz kids of the sciences. How refreshing it is to see young people depicted as having a capacity for thought as well as emotion." While Roger Ebert said "REAL GENIUS contains many pleasures, but one of the best is its conviction that the American campus contains life as we know it." REAL GENIUS is streaming on Starz, Sling and DirectTV or available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, Vudu, Fandango, Apple, GooglePlay, YouTube and others. What does a college-based comedy about brainy science kids have to do with National Popcorn Day?

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Val Kilmer
Gabriel Jarret
Michelle Meyrink
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Martha Coolidge
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