Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

Three years after they ended “nerd prosecution” at Adams, the Tri-Lambs invade Florida in this comedic sequel that brings some very major twists and all-around fun.

Lewis Skolnick has been chosen to replace his longtime friend Gilbert Lowe to become the leader of Lambda Lambda Lambda for a national fraternity conference in Fort Lauderdale. Gilbert is injured and asks Lewis to take over the group while he recuperates at the frat house. Their arrival is met with resistance when the hotel is run by a former member of their arch nemesis, The Alpha Betas. As if that’s bad enough, one particular Alpha is back, the one known as Ogre.

When the group finds another hotel, Booger meets the eccentric Edgar Po Wong, who calls himself Snotty. Meanwhile, when the Tri-Lambs successfully stop an attempt to be kicked out of the conference, the Alphas come up with a major scheme that will change the course of everything for the Tri-Lambs. When they are abandoned on an uncharted island, they find a surprise ally who will help them return to Fort Lauderdale to put an end to the Alphas once and for all.

Whoever would have imagined that we would get a sequel to a quintessential 80’s classic? Well, it is here, and it is quite a fun film to see the Tri-Lambs on new territory. In this case, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the mecca of Spring Break. And with Joe Roth taking over for Jeff Kanew and both a return of cast along with new cast members, this is quite a fun sequel.

Robert Carradine once again returns as Lewis, who leads the group to Florida with Anthony Edwards’ Gilbert relegated to more of a cameo. It is great to see the return of Tim Busfield, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, and Andrew Cassese in their signature roles of Poindexter, Booger, Lamar, and Wormser. Sadly, we don’t get Brian Tochi’s return as Takashi, but that’s okay because we eventually get an honorary Tri-Lamb in the elder Edgar Po Wong, aka Snotty, played by the legendary James Hong. He becomes Booger’s “master” in the arts of belching and hocking loogies.

While we don’t get to see the original Alpha Betas in this one, we do get one major exception. Perhaps the most famous Alpha Beta, we get the return of Ogre, reprised by Donald Gibb. Once again, he delves into the classic iconic line of the franchise…”Nerds!” Instead of Stan Gable, we have Roger Lattimore as the new head Alpha, played by the excellent Bradley Whitford. Those who have enjoyed his villainous turns in Billy Madison and Get Out will want to see this just to get an early glimpse of how he pulls it off and why he makes such a sly villain actor when it calls for it. In addition, Courtney Thorne-Smith makes for a temporary replacement as Sunny, who becomes Lewis’ crush similar to a “hall pass” because we see him bring a photo of Betty from the original film in the film’s opener.

Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise is quite a funny sequel that brings a tamer version of the original and meshes it with an 80’s Spring Break vibe, all with a very shocking twist in the film’s third act and finale. One that has to be seen to be believed.

WFG RATING: B

A 20th Century Fox production. Director: Joe Roth. Producers: Peter Bart, Robert Cort, and Ted Field. Writers: Dan Guntzelman and Steve Marshall; based on the characters created by Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Steve Zacharias, and Jeff Buhai. Cinematography: Charles Correll. Editing: Richard Chew.

Cast: Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Donald Gibb, Bradley Whitford, Ed Lauter, Barry Sobel, Tom Hodges, Jack Gilpin, Anthony Edwards, James Hong, Priscilla Lopez, James Cromwell.

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