Comedians & Comedies: Real Genius


The Screening Room @VTIFF Sat, Jun 22 7:00 PM


Series: Comedians & Comedies

Vermont Comedians present comedies that impacted their own sense of what’s funny.


Real Genius (1985)

Presented by Max Higgins

Saturday, June 22 | 7:00 pm

U.S. | 106 minutes

Director: Martha Coolidge


An ‘80s-comedy, college-coming-of-age flick that’s more interested in cerebral matters than ways of the flesh is interesting enough. Then when you cross the outstanding director Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl, Rambling Rose) with the guys who wrote Police Academy, you get….Real Genius.

Vermont comedian Max Higgins loves this movie, and he’ll tell us why. Maybe it’s the presence of Val Kilmer in just his second film, or maybe it’s those liquid nitrogen coins, or the amazing conclusion involving tricks with lasers. Or maybe it’s because the film was photographed by legendary, Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter). The only way to find out is to come and see the film.