PG | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.
During a crash course in laser technology, the cast and crew received a demonstration of the dye laser as it darted through the colors of the spectrum. Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond was troubled. "The naked eye can see the beam coming toward it," he explains. "But it's almost invisible to the camera when it's going away. We went through countless experiments before we learned to 'bounce' the beam and to fill the lab set with smoke, which 'scattered' the light and gave it definition. Otherwise, we would have had a special effect so special, no one would have seen it."
Let's go girls!
Bodie: What do you m-m-mean by that?
Carter: It's a f-f-f-figure of speech, Bodie.
When the front door of Jerry's house is burst open from the popcorn joke, popcorn is already visible on the porch next to the door. In this scene, new popcorn falls into the exact same position (indicating previous takes).
An edited version of Real Genius has appeared on American television. Some of the language has been altered, for instance "penis" to "pinkie", "bastard" to "bonehead", and "Jesus" to "God". Also, instead of the children playing in the popcorn as the final credits roll, we see a long-distance high-angle shot of the Professor's house as he comes home and discovers the popcorn.