Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Holds Its Own Thirty Years Later

As far as “nerds vs. jocks” movies, I’m not sure that it gets any more perfect than the classic Revenge of the Nerds, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Recently on Geek Force Network, I paid tribute to Skolnick, Booger, and the rest of RotN gang and their triumph over the meatheads of Adams College.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of that classic tale of nerds versus jocks, Revenge of the Nerds (RotN). (For those unchristened, know that I let loose here with few minor character spoilers, but nothing that would totally ruin the film.)  Set in the 1950s (questionably, at best), RotN tells the story of Lewis Skolnick and Gilbert Lowell, two prototypical nerds with glasses, pocket protectors, and highwaters, as they embark on their freshman year at Adams College. Lewis and Gilbert quickly find enemies in the school’s jocks, most of whom form the formidable Alpha Beta fraternity. But they also find friends within a group of nerdy, geeky, and/or dorky guys that include the nearsighted Poindexter, the naïve Takashi, and the sarcastic yet “high”-ly loveable Booger. Together the guys attempt to form their own fraternity, seeking chaptership from Lambda Lambda Lambda. Meanwhile, Lewis…

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