The Alpha Betas, a fraternity that includes most of the Adams football team, carelessly burn down their own house, and urged by Coach Harris, take over the freshman dorms. Dean Ulich designates temporary living space in the gymnasium, and allows the freshmen to rush the fraternities. Lewis, Gilbert, and several other nerds fail to join fraternities, but are able to secure a dilapidated house on campus and repair it as a residence. The Alpha Betas, led by star quarterback Stan Gable, are irked by the nerds' success, and Stan sets his fellow members to pull pranks against the nerds.
Time has been only slightly kinder to Revenge of the Nerds than to , say, Sixteen Candles. Or Driving Miss Daisy. Now, the film is more than a little problematic. For the movie's 35th anniversary, GQ talked to the cast and writers—covering the good, the bad, and the coke-fueled, behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Jeff Buhai screenwriter : I don't think we knew how to spell "nerds. Steve Zacharias screenwriter : The story was actually a true story at the University of Wisconsin.
Not the whole thing, but a little section, here and there. It was a movie that I loved as a kid. Revenge of the Nerds is vilely sexist; forget that none of the female nerds get much screen time or personality.
Telling the comic tale of a group of outcasts who find themselves persecuted on a college campus where jocks and campus bullies have picked on and repeatedly put them down, Nerds follows their fight to end "nerd persecution" once and for all. Little did they know that they'd encourage an entire generation of outcasts to embrace their inner nerd—and that Revenge of the Nerds would lay the groundwork for decades of nerd worship to come. A landmark for '80s comedies, the film also launched the careers of almost every member of its cast. As you can imagine, these stars have changed quite a bit over the years.