For reasons no one will ever understand, creating your own girl out of a Barbie doll, while wearing a bra on your head, was one of the most paramount moments in 80s movie history. But what really caught everyone’s attention was, the idea that two lonely nerds were able to upgrade their lives by using science to create the ultimate date.
The irony of the situation is that Gary Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall), and Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), thought that they were creating their own date, instead of dealing with rejection from the girls at school. How exactly did they think that was going to work? Were they supposed to share her at the movies? I don’t believe threesomes were much of an accepted idea in the 80s, you know.
In any case, they create this woman (while wearing bras on their heads), and Lisa (Kelly Lebrock) walks in looking all types of sexy. Kelly Lebrock was the “it” girl in the 80s. Creating her would have been the equivalent of discovering plutonium. Gary and Wyatt enter some dimensions into their computers on how they would like their girl to look and break into some government power supply, to create their girl. The power and dynamics are pumped into a Barbie Doll and Lisa is born. Why do 2 teenage boys have this doll lying around?
Although Gary and Wyatt’s plan is to create a really cool girlfriend and show her off, Lisa was on a different mission from the beginning. Her deal was to make her guys cool and irresistible to the same student body that has rejected them. Plus, she has powers.
Nothing will be more fun to watch then Gary and Wyatt’s stroll into high school fame. The cool guys are jealous at school aka Robert Downey Jr. and crew. Because Lisa is entirely devoted to her guys and she makes it seem like they have this super sexual relationship, even though they almost pee on themselves when they shower with her. The 2 chicks Gary and Wyatt like, are also jealous. In the end, they throw a mega party, thanks to Lisa, that included everyone ever, making them the coolest guys in the world.
Their only issues included Wyatt’s older brother who is a complete douche. Bill Paxton plays Wyatt’s brother Chet, and his career has come a long way from playing a real prick. Lisa turns him into some gassy Jabba the hut looking thing , for being such an a-hole, which grosses me out every time i see the movie. One of their grandparents ends up suspended in animation in a closet. And of course, Wyatt’s parents mansion gets destroyed during this party. Mostly, because of the biker gang that Lisa summoned, so the guys could do a big macho routine in front of their friends, and because of the rocket that ends up in the house when the guys try to make a girl for Robert Downey Jr. , but forget to attach the doll. No worries, Lisa has super powers, so clean up is easy.
This movie is the Sixteen Candles of every young guy in the 80s. Very unrealistic, but incredibly fun. Lisa makes Wyatt and Gary stand up to their fears and even gets them to participate in situations that gives them the courage to be who they want to be. This is my absolute favorite Anthony Michael Hall movie. Even as a “nerd”, his confidence is outstanding. Robert Downey Jr. makes a great villain, I would love to see him on the dark side again.
Plus, the theme music was so damn catchy!
Did anyone have dreams of making their own girl and becoming popular because of this movie? or do guys just wear bras on their heads for fun?