Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994)

The fourth and final installment of the beloved comedy franchise has the least likely of Tri-Lambs doing something no one ever imagined…get married!

After saving the Tri-Lambs from disaster upon their return to glory at Adams College, Dudley “Booger” Dawson is about to embark on the next chapter of his life. Something he never imagined doing. He’s getting married to Omega Mu member Jeanne. As best man, Lewis Skolnick is ready to make sure Booger and his new in-laws get along and make sure the wedding goes off without a hitch. However, there poses one small problem. Booger’s future father-in-law is not happy with Booger being a nerd as he is a self-doubting nouveau riche snob.

Meanwhile, Lewis is also awaiting the birth of his son and former Alpha Beta turned converted Tri-Lamb Stan Gable has been stricken with the chicken pox, forcing him to see all the events via virtual reality thanks to Lewis. As tensions are at all-time high, Booger’s future brother-in-law Chip devises a devious plan to ensure that the wedding never happens, and this causes even a bit of dissention within the Tri-Lambs. Will Booger and Jeanne be able to get a hold together in these trying times and get married? Or will the nouveau riche get their way and prevent Jeanne from marrying the love of her life?

Ten years after the original film, the Revenge of the Nerds franchise comes to a close with this tale of Booger getting married, or the events leading up to the potential wedding. While the pending birth of Lewis’ son is important as well, it serves more of a subplot as we deal with many twists and turns involving the impending nuptials of Booger and Jeanne.

Curtis Armstrong takes center stage, one of the only few originals to appear in all four films, as we see attempt to win the acceptance of his future in-laws. What’s great is some of the members, mainly his future mother-in-law Judy and sister-in-law Gaylord, do approve as they see Booger as genuine. However, it’s clear that we see the father-in-law Aaron, played by veteran Joseph Bologna (who would later pull off a similar type of persona in Big Daddy five years later) and sister-in-law’s husband Chip (played by The Whoopee Boys’ antagonist Stephen Davies) plot to make sure the wedding doesn’t happen.

Some of the original Tri-Lambs and “next generation” Tri-Lambs combine to return for this final film as well. We don’t get to see much of Gregg Binkley’s Harold as he’s too busy canoodling with Aaron’s sister. However, we do get to see the return of Ogre, played by the always great to watch Donald Gibb. And for the first time, we get to see Ogre in an intelligent mode as he talks about the downfall of the Soviet Union in one scene before going back to his crazy Ogre ways. Ted McGinley makes a welcome return to the role of the now converted Stan, who sadly spends most of the film in bed with the chicken pox, but unexpectedly finds romance along the way himself. The final scene takes the main plot along with the major subplot of the film and combines them together and this being a Nerds movie, the ending is predictable but still manages to put a stamp to end the franchise despite being a made-for-TV movie.

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love seems a fitting end to a beloved franchise that despite a few technical errors here and there (notably the bridal party scene), has some fun and wild moments. With the recent announcement of Seth MacFarlane attempting at a modern day reboot, it will be great to see all four films of this original saga.

WFG RATING: B-

A Fox West/Zacharias-Buhai production. Director: Steve Zacharias. Producer: Ooty Moorehead. Writers: Steve Zacharias and Jeff Buhai; based on the characters created by Zacharias, Buhai, Tim Metcalfe, and Miguel Tejada-Flores. Cinematography: Zoran Hochstatter.

Cast: Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Julia Montgomery, Corinne Bohrer, Joseph Bologna, Stephen Davies, Christina Pickles, Jessica Tuck, Donald Gibb, Ted McGinley, Brian Tochi, Larry B. Scott, Gregg Binkley, John Pinette, Laurel Moglen, James Cromwell, Bernie Casey, James Gleason.

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