Weird Science is the movie that brought on a wave of premature adolescence (which is one way of putting it) amongst '80s kids unprepared for the trouser-rending magnitude of a curly coiffed Kelly LeBrock standing in a neon doorway clad in a tightly cropped shirt and the world's tiniest pair of blue pants. Despite never escaping the shadow of her role as computer-generated-sexpot Lisa, she's remembered as perhaps the quintessential '80s dream girl, beating out such fierce competition as Jennifer Beals, Phoebe Cates and Heather Locklear. Looked at today, the movie is deeply, embarrassingly sexist: Lisa exists solely for the sexual gratification of the two frustrated nerds (for this was the '80s, and the term was pejorative back then) who created her in their bathroom. Denied any sort of personality or character development of her own, she drags the boys along the predictable arc towards social interaction and self-belief before literally disappearing in a cloud of smoke, leaving behind only fond memories of skimpy gym outfits, shower scenes and large guns. As in a revolver, obviously. Poor old Kelly didn't fare so well thereafter, only reappearing on screens five years late in Steven Seagal's Hard To Kill and being arrested last year on suspicion of DUI. Her achievements outside acting have been more impressive, becoming an important spokeswoman for the rights of those afflicted with terminally ill diseases and she spoke before Congress in 1995. Kelly, you're clearly a kind, charitable and conscientious person, but as a child of the '80s, I'm afraid I'll always remember you for those tiny blue pants. Sorry!
28-year old English writer with a borderline obsessive passion for films, videogames, Chelsea FC, incomprehensible words and indefensible puns. Follow me on Twitter if you like infrequent outbursts of absolute drivel.