REAL GENIUS….Over at Seed, this week’s “Ask a ScienceBlogger” question is:
What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally….
My off-the-cuff answer was Real Genius, but when I clicked the link over at Chad Orzel’s blog to see a serious answer from an actual PhD-certified scientist, it turned out to be….Real Genius.
Now, it probably made a difference that I turned on the TV last night and Comedy Central happened to be showing Real Genius, which I then spent a couple of hours watching for the seventh or eighth time. But still, Chad is right. The actual science may be crap (it’s a comedy, after all), but it really does capture (in exaggerated comic form) the true nature of geekdom. I don’t quite know how Martha Coolidge managed it, but she did.
And for some reason, last night’s viewing was the first time I noticed William Atherton’s line to Val Kilmer as he passes out blue books: “Take one and pass the rest back, just like you had a normal IQ.” The delivery was perfect.