She's Alive, Alive! The Weird Science Quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi

What's the first thing Lisa says after she comes to life?

Lisa says it to Wyatt and Gary: "So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?"

What is Gary's inspiration to simulate a girl?

Inspired by watching the classic 1931 film "Frankenstein," Gary suggests he and Wyatt simulate a girl on Wyatt's computer.

Gary and Wyatt say they got the name from one of Gary's past crushes. But who or what is Lisa really named after?

Lisa's named after an computer, the Apple Lisa, which came out in 1983. The Lisa, which was named for Steve Jobs' daughter, is Apple's precursor to the Macintosh computer.

What type of computer do Wyatt and Gary use to design and build Lisa?

They use Wyatt's computer, which is a Memotech MTX512 with an FDX add-on. But they give it a powerful processing boost by hacking into a government system.

What did Gary and Wyatt use as a model for their homemade woman?

The guys use a Barbie doll dressed in a belly-baring white shirt and blue underwear as the model for Lisa.

John Hughes wrote and directed three movies in just 15 months. Which is the correct order of when they came out, oldest to newest?

The correct order, from oldest to newest release, is: "Sixteen Candles" (May 4, 1984), followed by "The Breakfast Club" (February 15, 1985) and then "Weird Science" (August 2, 1985).

It usually takes weeks (or longer) to write a movie script. How long did it take John Hughes to write this one?

Hughes is on record saying it only took him two days to write the "Weird Science" script.

It's common for movie titles to change when films are released in other countries. What is "Weird Science" known as in Japan?

In Japan "Weird Science" is called "Electric Venus." The other options are actual titles, too. In German, it's "Cool Magic with Lisa." In Swedish, it's "Dream Woman." And in Russian, it's "Oh, This Science."

Wyatt and Chet are home alone. Where are Wyatt's parents?

Wyatt's parents travel to Cincinnati to meet Wyatt's sister's fiancé.

What is Wyatt's sister's name?

Wyatt's sister, whom we never meet, is named Chloe.

How does Kelly LeBrock describe "Lisa" in the John Hughes documentary, "Don't You Forget About Me"?

"Mary Poppins with breasts," is how Kelly LeBrock described her character.

What would Chet serve that "nice greasy pork sandwich" in?

To quote Chet, talking to Gary and Wyatt, "How about a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray."

Who was originally cast in the role of "Lisa"?

It was a Kelly, but not Kelly LeBrock who was the first "Lisa." Although LeBrock was given the role first, she turned it down. Model Kelly Emberg played the character for three weeks before being replaced by LeBrock.

What flavor ICEE do Max and Ian pour on Gary and Wyatt at the crowded mall?

Max and Ian pour cherry ICEEs on Gary and Wyatt.

What's the name of the blues bar Lisa and the boys go to?

When Lisa wants to have some fun, she, Gary, and Wyatt go to The Kandy Bar.

What character was the inspiration for Gary's old bluesman act at The Kandy Bar?

Anthony Michael Hall and John Hughes were inspired to create this scene after watching and imitating "Mudbone," a Richard Pryor character.

Why were Gary and Wyatt wearing bras on their heads?

Why? "It's ceremonial."

Which car doesn't appear in the movie?

While there was a Porsche in the movie, it was the 928 S, not the 944. The Porsche 944 did, though, appear in Hughes' "Sixteen Candles."

Who is not included in the images used to create Lisa?

Along with modelling shots of lips and legs, Gary and Wyatt use some unexpected images including Albert Einstein, David Lee Roth, and Beethoven. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not included.

Who played Rusty in "National Lampoon's European Vacation" after Anthony Michael Hall declined the "Vacation" sequel to make "Weird Science" instead?

Each of these actors has played Russell "Rusty" Griswold, but it's Jason Lively who played the role in "European Vacation."

Which school was used in "Weird Science," "Sixteen Candles" and "Risky Business"?

It's been torn down since, but shots of the exterior of Niles East High School in Skokie, Illinois, were used in all three.

The mohawked "Lord General," leader of the biker gang, also appeared as "Wez," a post-apocalyptic biker, in which "Mad Max" movie?

As "Lord General," actor Vernon Wells reprised his character "Wez" from "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior."

What's the weather like in Chet's room?

When Gary and Wyatt's second experiment goes wrong, it snows in Chet's room.

Outside what mall does Lisa wait for Wyatt and Gary?

Lisa waits for Wyatt and Gary outside of the real Northbrook Court Mall in Northbrook, Illinois.

A comic book named Weird Science was published in the early '50s. What was the story, "Made of the Future," about?

The story of "Made of the Future" is one about a man who builds himself a wife with a kit he picked up on a trip to the future.

Which song did Oingo Boingo contribute to the movie soundtrack?

It's Oingo Boingo who sing the title track. Neither Elton John's "Rocket Man," David Bowie's "Space Oddity" nor Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science" are in the movie.

What did Ilan Mitchell-Smith study before he turned to acting?

Before acting, Ilan Mitchell-Smith attended the Joffrey Ballet School.

What did Ilan Mitchell-Smith become after leaving acting?

After a brief career in acting, Ilan Mitchell-Smith became a professor of medieval English literature at Cal State Long Beach.

All the boys in class faint after Lisa, now a gym teacher, tells them what?

After entering the gym, Lisa instructs the boys to drop and give her 20.

"Weird Science," as well as several other John Hughes' films, are set in what town?

"Weird Science" and several other John Hughes' movies are set in fictional Shermer, Illinois. The name is based on Shermerville, the original name of the town Hughes grew up in.

What song once played at the end of the movie before it was switched to Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science"?

The theme song to the movie "Rocky," "Gonna Fly Now," was used during the final scene, but was changed to "Weird Science" after the rights were lost.

Who was the model for Buzz Mcallister, the older brother in "Home Alone"?

According to Bill Paxton in an interview with AV Club, Hughes loved the Chet character and used him as a model for older brother Buzz McCallister in the "Home Alone" movies.

Why was John Hughes surprised to see "Weird Science" advertised as a TV series?

After Hughes was unhelpful and unsupportive during the creation of both the "Ferris Bueller" and "Uncle Buck" sitcoms (which both premiered in 1990 and failed quickly thereafter), he wasn't personally told about the "Weird Science" TV series. It ended up running from 1994 to 1998.

In 2013, Universal Studios announced a remake of "Weird Science," to give the movie more what?

According to the 2013 announcement, both producer Joel Silver and writer Michael Bacall would return to give the remake an edgier voice.

Just a few months after "Weird Science" hit the big screen, Anthony Michael Hall hit the small screen. On which show did he star with Robert Downey, Jr.?

Anthony Michael Hall was an "SNL" cast member in 1985-1986 -- the very same time as Robert Downey, Jr.

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