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Debate – Does It Hold Up: ‘Revenge Of The Nerds’


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Does It Hold Up: ‘Revenge Of The Nerds’

This is the first foray into “Does It Hold Up.” It will be a regular debate/article discussing plot of the movie, topics of the movie, effects of the movie, the acting in the movie, and if the movie withstood the test of time to give us the same message years later. The first movie up is Revenge of the Nerds. This is one of my favorite movies when I was growing up and is a movie to introduce your book smart child to and give them extreme confidence. I will need to say, under protest and the nurtured generation, there is nudity and language in this movie, but that’s also in the world. The plot (which I hate to rehash) is two very smart high school graduates get accepted into a great college and are expecting the best year of their lives. When they arrive there, their great time is destroyed by the Alpha Beta fraternity, who only want to rule the school because they are more masculine and are “Jocks.” (Don’t worry, the nerds retaliate…I hate articles that are all plot and one paragraph of thought). I will start off by saying that Revenge of the Nerds is a groundbreaking film that had an impact on society, whether it knew it or not, then and now. Anyone and everyone can look at that sentence and tell me there are a million things wrong with it, but I am going to tell you what is right with it – then and now.

Revenge of the Nerds is the ultimate anti-hero film. In a decade, that could be compared to the 1930’s, this was a film and a cast you would not expect. I am giving you the benefit of the doubt and knowing that E.T., Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Terminator, Breakfast Club, Alien, Young Guns, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Animal House ruled this era – I hope you did not count out the movie that could predict the future. Yes, the jock, princess, geek, outcast, rebel, and the athlete could come together – but could the geek overcome that jock? No. Revenge of the Nerds gave everyone hope. It was not just about being a nerd, it was about being who you are and bringing out what others did not know had inside of them.

Revenge of the Nerds made it “okay” to be a nerd and made it okay to go against the opposing side and bring two worlds together. You could battle the “Jocks” and win, or vice versa. You could break down barriers and become the first white chapter of Lamda Lamda Lamda. An all-black chapter of a fraternity opened their doors to a mixed culture of students – there was black, white, Asian, homosexual, and everything in between. It wasn’t UN Jefferson going against the Alpha Betas – it was UN Jefferson believing in the Tri-Lambs, their culture, the background, and their GPA’s could better the fraternity and everyone in that fraternity. *Spoiler Alert* The Tri-Lambs won and overcame “The Jocks.”

Does Revenge of the Nerds hold up? I’d put everything down and say it not only holds up, but it predicted the future. It is now “cool” to be a nerd or a geek. The vernacular even matters now – “Are you a nerd?” “No, I’m a Geek”…and vice versa, “Are you a geek?” “No, I’m a Nerd.” We are proud – we were always proud in our friends, but now everyone is proud for us and they are us. We are not defined by how others see us. We are defined by us. Revenge of the Nerds started the movement and it moves slowly. Now, you aren’t “cool” if you don’t “geek out” about something. We still see people and put them into those “groups,” but I guarantee you, you share something. Who cares – Be a friend – Be a human. You are a nerd about something. Keep redefining the word. What do you love? Be a Nerd about it.

So I ask you. Does it hold up?


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    Megan Cook

    Love this film, I am a little young to have seen it when it was released, but I have always enjoyed it!


    Definitely holds up, and it has really stood the test of time. Have to respect a film that had and still has such an effect in an era where films are pumped out one after the other and have no meaning. Good article about a gem.

    James Sampson

    My dad loved this film and got me into it, classic.

    Sarah Holloway

    While I like this film, I’m not sure if it will hold up, purely because of its fame. It isn’t a well known film, therefore give it another decade, it might be forgotten. Sadly though, as I said, I’m a fan as well.

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