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It's about time
In 1984 I wrote, in a letter to a friend, a review of the movie Revenge of the Nerds:

...It is an almost pure farce, the heroes & villains alike being stereotyped to the limit, and it contains a satisfactory amount of spectacle & malice, tho almost no real cleverness.  Near the end, however, as if for anti-comic relief, one of the nerd characters is given a courageous action & a serious speech.  (Cf. The Great Dictator, which this film also resembles in its intimate mixture of farce & cruelty.  Its jocks would make pretty good fascists.  Cf. also Sinclair Lewis's novel It Can't Happen Here, and Archy & Mehitabel.  Are we reconstructing the mood of the '30s?)  At any rate, it's a lot better than it might have been.

Of course, it carefully avoided the real revenge.  If the producers had wanted to start a few real riots, they might have added a coda: 20 years on, the superannuated jocks have all become realestate agents, and the nerds have just installed a giant computer in Omaha that takes care of the whole realestate market with the help of 29 courteous software artists, at 0.7% of the previous expense.

Today, in the Boston Globe, I see:



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