The first two Revenge Of The Nerds films were comedy masterpieces. And in 1992, FOX tried to bring the series into the nineties - with extremely mixed results. Read on for my review of Revenge Of The Nerds III: The Next Generation.
Ten years have passed since the first Revenge Of The Nerds film. Lewis (Robert Carradine) is now head of the Adams College computer department, and is married to Betty (Julia Montgomery), the cheerleader he met in the first film. Lewis' nephew and his friend have begun attending Adams college, which has changed quite a bit from its days in the eighties. The nerds now pretty much run the place, and the Alpha Betas even suck up to them for help when they need it. However, an Adams alumni sees this, and thinks it's disgraceful. Soon enough, Stan Gable (Ted McGinley) joins forces with this guy, and decides once again to make life a living hell for the nerds (he just became dean of the school). And when the new nerds need to hire an attorney, guess who they call? Everyone's favorite loser - Booger (Curtis Armstrong.) The film provides many laughs from start to finish.
Bringing the series into the nineties was a questionable move. First of all, I was hoping to see more of the classic characters, not just Lewis, Betty, and Booger. A few of them make cameos at the end, but that just isn't enough. The new characters (Toyota in particular) are quite funny, but I still like the classic characters more. What really makes me mad is the writers can't seem to get their timeline straight. Stan says he was from the Adams College class of 1980, but he was still attending in 1984 (the year the first film came out, and according to the second film, the year it took place.) If this is a 1992 film and ten years have passed since the first film, that would mean the first film happened in 1982, which doesn't work out. Sure, it's a comedy, but plotholes are a problem in ALL genres of films and TV shows. This was a subpar attempt to bring the series into the nineties, but it's still pretty funny. But rather than buying this, hold off and see if it gets the DVD treatment the first two films did.
Though this is a funny film, it's downright weak compared to its predecessors from the eighties. Sure, it's not the comedy classic those two films were, but it's worth watching at least once through.