Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape/sexual harassment/bullying
Revenge of the Nerds is a classic (1984) which boasts an impressive 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. I am a self-proclaimed film buff and a firm believer in the scores on Rotten Tomatoes, so I decided to finally sit down and watch this film.
Boy was I disappointed.
Let’s start with the positives: Revenge of the Nerds, for its time period, was a nice message – don’t bully the guys who will most likely be running the world after college. Let’s suspend disbelief that the stereotypes actually work that way and that it’s as clear cut as “nerd” vs. “jock”, and you have a pretty great anti-bullying message. The jocks were definitely bad guys. They portray frat mentality in the ways we all know too well; obsession with alcohol and sports, poor treatment of women, etc. At one point, Betty – the overtly sexualized female lead – tells her boyfriend that she wants to have sex with him, and he responds by calling her a goat.