Why Revenge of the Nerds Should Be Shown to All of Your Children and Why Revenge of the Nerds II Is a Piece of Shit
A few years ago, I remember hearing talk about a remake of Revenge of the Nerds. This would've been in 2007 or so, definitely during Bush's second term in office. I remember feeling somewhat relieved that it was aborted. After all, I thought, we needed a remake of Revenge of the Nerds like we needed a remake of Ski School, Police Academy, and Up the Creek.
That's why I think it was upsetting to think that the remake was scrapped, particularly when it was to come out during Bush's second term. I believe it would've turned all of the talk of the “intellectual elite” on its head. Not to get political, but I believe that there has been a dumbing down of our culture, and even a vilification of intellectualism (For further reading, check out Susan Jacoby’s The Age of American Unreason) which came to a head during the Bush years. The nerds were not elitists. They were simply not afraid to be themselves, or to pursue their interests, even if it included (gasp) book learning. The Tri-Lams (Nerds’ protagonists) did not try to force their views on anyone, they merely wanted the freedom to be who they were, and for others to have that same freedom. It is for this reason that I believe that I stands apart from most of the other comedies of that genre during the early 80s.
Whereas the nerds in the first movie wanted nothing more than to be able to be true to themselves and pursue their interests without risk of attack or alienation, by the end of the sequel, they had become their own enemies, narrow-minded bullies who force others to conform. For this reason, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise is a travesty, a mockery of the values of the original film. Also, being rated PG-13, there were far fewer titties.