Scene 1 Sun, Jun 10, 2018 8:00 PM
Event Info
Dialogue:Film preceeded with brief presentation about laser physics and demo by Christopher M. Cheatum
Series Info
Series:Science on Screen
Film Info
Runtime:108 minutes
Director:Martha Coolidge
Year Released:1985
Production Country:USA


Rooftop open at 8PM, films begins shortly after sundown (approximately 8:40PM)

This screening will be preceeded by a brief presentation about laser physics and a LASER DEMO by Christopher M. Cheatum, Associate Professor in the University of Iowa's Chemistry Department!

"Real Genius allows every one of its characters the freedom to be complicated and quirky and individual."
- Roger Ebert,

"The film makes it a mission to prove that what geeks and geniuses are best at isn't memorizing math formulas and elements off the periodic table; it's their ability to be creative and in doing so, change the world around us."
- Emily Asher-Perrin, Film School Rejects

Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a depper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even. Presented as part of Science on Screen® - An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.