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still from Revenge of the Nerds (Jeff Kanew, US 1984)

Nerd Night

Koolhoven & Simons: Nerd Night

When nerds were still real nerds and not today’s tech millionaires: tonight Revenge of the Nerds as well as excerpts featuring famous nerds such as George McFly from Back to the Future (1985) and Willy from Amsterdamned (1988).

poster Revenge of the Nerds (Jeff Kanew, US 1984)

The series of Revenge of the Nerds films is a typical product of its time – a franchise that could only have developed during pre-internet, when being a nerd meant being ‘good with computers'. Revenge of the Nerds features all manner of outcasts who have been thrown out of their freshmen dorms after fellow students burnt down their own accommodation.

The only reason the mean Jocks hate the nerdy Lambdas is because they are different. To prove their hipness, the Lambdas briefly change into a New Wave band, yet in the eyes of others, they will never belong. “They all look the same to me, “says one of the petty sorority girls.

Later on, people argued in favour of viewing Revenge of the Nerds as a parable about civil rights. The nerds demand justice and acceptance of their otherness. It is well put, but Revenge of the Nerds is also just a lowbrow university comedy – one of the best in the genre – featuring idiotic party animals, cliches about bitchy bimbos and sex jokes from a bygone era.

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Jeff Kanew

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155 min.

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Martin Koolhoven & Ronald Simons







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Koolhoven & Simons

Koolhoven and Simons are back! As ever, they will be scrutinizing the genre film, presenting films within pretty forthright themes that have never before been screened at Eye. Expect evenings on Trucker, Grindhouse or Revenge of Nature films. A tribute to rarely screened trailers and forgotten classics, where possible in 35mm, using films from Eye’s collection.

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still from Revenge of the Nerds (Jeff Kanew, US 1984)
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