Mike Birbiglia and his wife, Jenny, talk about one of their favorite movies and mine: “Real Genius”
One of the greatest comedy films of my life arrived in the summer of 1985. I'm speaking, of course, about Real Genius.
What. You thought I was going to say 1985's box-office champ, Back to the Future? The Goonies? Fletch? Pee-wee's Big Adventure? Weird Science? Spies Like Us? Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment? Of course not that last one. Sorry, Bobcat.
While I did watch Back to the Future several times and am known to sing "The Power of Love" in my head at any given time (likely to my crush Lea Thompson), and while I did watch Fletch enough times to quote it with my best friend, Real Genius held a special place in the hearts of me and my partner in academic crime through high school, as the two of us were the genius nerds of our class. My friend was the Chris Knight, while I was unfortunately more of a Mitch Taylor. But a cute Mitch Taylor. My God, I make myself sound like a Todd Glass bit. Anyhow. Enough about me. I'd rather have that dream "where I'm standing in sort of Sun God robes, on a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at me."
Let's watch some clips of the movie, and let Mike Birbiglia and his wife, Jenny, talk about their common love of Real Genius with John Murray and Matt Fisher. It's part of the Splitsider webseries, Low Standards with John and Matt. Roll it!