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Weird Science

John Hughes wrote this film in two days.

Lisa is named after the computer on which she was designed, an Apple Lisa.

Wyatt's computer is a "Memotech MTX512" with an FDX add-on.

Vernon Wells plays Wez (unnamed here), the same character he played in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). His vehicle, with two hooded corpses on it, is also the same as in Mad Max 2.

Anthony Michael Hall makes a reference to a girlfriend from Canada. His character "Brian" from The Breakfast Club (1985) also makes a reference to an imaginary girlfriend from Canada.

Both words in the title break the orthographic rule of thumb "i before e except after c."

Extra footage was added to the syndicated television version:
  • A bunch of guys wearing Devo helmets try to get into Gary and Wyatt's party;
  • Extra scene at the very beginning where Gary and Wyatt are in the kitchen cooking;
  • Television version removes the sequence where biker leader asks Gary if he has 'tossed off to any good books recently'.
The home video version plays Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science" as Lisa ascends the mall escalator while all other versions (theatrical and TV) play Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman".

In the last scene at the high-school gym, the theatrical version plays the theme from Rocky (1976) while the home-video and TV versions play "Weird Science".

Reportedly, a scene included in the theatrical release is omitted from TV and home video releases: after the leader of the mutant bikers announces to everyone that "they couldn't even take a shower with a beautiful woman without wearing their jeans" they realized that the mutant bikers were another of Lisa's creations and wouldn't harm them. With the original scene they have an opportunity to show off for their friends. With that scene cut they suddenly develop courage on their own.

Comedy Central version changes some of the music in some scenes and adds the scene where Gary and Wyatt are cooking in the beginning.

Facts courtesy of Internet Movie Database and Universal Pictures.

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