Real Genius ★★★ 1985 (PG)
Brainy kids in California work with lasers on a class project that is actually intended for use as an offensive military weapon. When they learn of the scheme, they use their brilliant minds to mount an amusingly elaborate strategic defense initiative of their own. Eccentric characters and an intelligent script provide a bevy of laughs for the family. 108m/C VHS, DVD . Val Kilmer, Gabe Jarret, Jon(athan) Gries, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Patti D'Arbanville, Severn Darden, Robert Prescott, Deborah Foreman, Ed Lauter, Tommy Swerdlow, Dean Devlin; D: Martha Coolidge; W: Peter Torokvei, Neal Israel, Pat Proft; M: Thomas Newman.