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  • Rise of the Nerds
  • Revenge of the Nerds

    The Loveable Losers

    Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

    Goodhearted nerds charter fraternity; face persecution at the hands of evil jocks down the street. Nerds outfox jocks at the Greek Games.

    Nerds win.

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  • Weird Science

    Programmed to Party

    Weird Science (1985)

    Two ostracized suburban teens create the perfect woman with geek know-how. In turn, she teaches them to drink, beat up bikers and grope their hot classmates.

    Nerds score, win.

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  • Real Genius

    Dorks vs. Dorks

    Real Genius (1985)

    Relegated to a nerds-only society ("Pacific Tech"), college whiz kids operate in a caste system all their own. Here, engineering student Val Kilmer is the kooky Einsten ("I didn't want you guys to think I was stuffy. You know. No fun. All brain, no penis."). With help from his socially stunted roommate, he takes on school/military bureacracy.

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  • Short Circuit

    Building a Nerd

    Short Circuit (1986)

    The geeks and scientists — including the never-cool combo of Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens — design a robot to learn. The military wants to use it to destroy. The real nerd here: robot Johnny Five, charmingly devoid of social skills (on seeing Ally Sheedy: "Attractive! Nice software.")

    Nerds, robot win.

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  • Sneakers

    The NSA Misfits

    Sneakers (1992)

    A small time security firm unwittingly takes a job that puts them in government and corporate crosshairs.

    Nerds win. Well, Dan Akroyd wins. But is Robert Redford really a nerd? The nerd typology seems to have shifted.

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  • Hackers

    Hipster Hacker 1.0

    Hackers (1995)

    Precocious teenagers engage in a series of escalating hacks in an effort to clear their friend's name and get him out of jail.

    Note: Angelina Jolie rocking a pixie cut does not render Angelina Jolie "nerdy."

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  • Swordfish

    Hipster Hacker 2.0

    Swordfish (2001)

    Talented computer hacker gets coerced into bank-robbing ring that is actually a cover-up for an anti-terrorism organization. Halle Berry shows it all. Fellatio is used as a torture mechanism at one point.

    TL;DR: It's good to be a nerd.

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  • 21

    Dean's Most Wanted List

    21 (2008)

    Quarterbacked by a rebellious professor, a group of MIT students take down Vegas via a complex card-counting scheme. "Whitewashing" casting controversy ensues.

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  • The Social Network

    The Nerd Royalty Biop

    The Social Network (2010)

    Nerd laureate Mark Zuckerberg walks over friends, cuts proverbial throats, has trouble talking to girls while building a zillion-dollar social media empire.

    Nerd wins. But nerd sucks.

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  • The Internship


    The Internship

    Goodhearted jocks score Google internship; face persecution at the hands of evil nerds down the hall. Jocks outfox nerds to secure full-time positions.

    Nerds lose.

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