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Revenge Of The Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise (1987)

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Genres:
Comedy, Teen Comedy
Director:
Joe Roth Joe Roth
Starring:
Robert Carradine Robert Carradine
Curtis Armstrong Curtis Armstrong
Larry B. Scott Larry B. Scott
Timothy Busfield Timothy Busfield
Courtney Thorne-Smith Courtney Thorne-Smith

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The members of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity travel to Fort Lauderdale for a fraternity conference. They'll have to beat off the attacks of their rival frat, the Alphas, if they want to maintain their self-respect -- and, of course, if they want to get anywhere with the pretty girls! --TMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: May 04, 2007
Some movies just didn't need a sequel, and Revenge of the Nerds was one of them. I found that the original was refreshingly original for the time, full of edgy humor and featuring a great cast, so how could they have hoped to top that? Apparently, they didn't even try to: they simply got most of the cast back and retold the same story, only this time, they did it in a family-friendly fashion.

This time around, our nerdy Tri-Lamb heroes set out for a fraternity convention in Florida, where they once again do battle with the Alpha Betas. The nerds - Lewis (Robert Carradine), Booger (Curtis Armstrong), Lamar (Larry B. Scott), and Poindexter (Timothy Busfield) - have plans to represent their college to the best of their abilities while also scoring with the bikini-wearing Florida babes, but the Alpha Betas are still upset with having to associate with these nerds, so they hatch a plan to have the Tri-Lamb fraternity shut down. Led by your typical frat-boy Roger (Bradley Whitford) and his menacing pal Ogre (Donald Gibb), the Alpha Betas manage to get the nerds kicked out of their hotel, humiliated in front of the ladies, and yes, even thrown in jail... but will it be enough?

Sure, some of the details have changed and there are a few new twists to be found, but what it boils down to is that Revenge of the Nerds II is nothing more than a rehash of the original. It's the nerds versus the jocks once again, the nerds once again get kicked out of their "homes", they once again find a new place to live, Lewis once again proves that brains is better than brawn to an attractive lady, they once again perform at a concert, and we even witness a bunch of musclebound black men come to the rescue of the nerds once again. The only real difference in the two films is that the original was R-rated and catered to those of us looking for edgy and risqué humor, while the sequel seems to cater to the young teens in the audience who shouldn't be seeing boobies and listening to men discuss "getting head until they're dead."

It's not a complete waste of time, although I still say that it shouldn't have been attempted in the first place. Most of the original cast is back for this one and are still quite humorous, and there are actually a couple of great laughs to be found. However, it's a big step down from the original, and I blame that solely on the attempt to market this towards a younger audience. How can you have a character like Booger - an obnoxious, foul-mouthed pervert - while refraining from using the female cast to their advantage and without letting him be the foul-mouthed bastard that we all love? What you're left with in this film is a guy who burps and hocks loogies, and I'm sorry, but it just wasn't that funny. How can you have the gay guy without letting him and the others make fun of it in the good-natured way that the original did? Without that, you just have an unfunny stereotype.

Overall, it could have been a lot worse and it's decent enough as far as sequels go, but I was still fairly disappointed in the film as a whole. Watch it for a few funny moments, but don't expect a whole lot. 5/10.
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