5 things you didn’t know about Revenge of the Nerds 2 on its 30th anniversary
Let’s just ask the question: Did you really expect much from a sequel to Revenge of the Nerds? In the ‘80s, sequels were very hit or miss. Star Trek 2? Amazing? Meatballs 2? A catastrophe. Frankly, we were just happy that - full name here: Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise - fell somewhere in between.
Released July 10, 1987, the story sends our beloved Tri-Lambs down south - Fort Lauderdale naturally - for a Greek convention. Only the Alpha Betas - still smarting from their comeuppance in the original 1984 movie - are committed to making the nerds lives a living hell.
We get the requisite song-and-dance number - “No on 15” - that follows the single best joke of the movie - the alteration of the neon sign for Hotel Coral Essex. Ogre makes an epic bathroom visit. And the movie ends with everyone learning a valuable lesson about acceptance. Again.
Give credit to two original cast members - Anthony Edwards and Julia Montgomery - for refusing to take the bait on the sequel. Montgomery turned down the chance to reprise “Betty” because the original script called for her to cheat on Lewis. Edwards was under contract to appear, but his role is limited to just a few scenes after his character “Gilbert” stays home with a broken leg. Thanks, Doc.
Critics despised the movie, with Roger Ebert writing: “As screenplays go, this is as idiotic as it gets.” (That's just catnip to Hollywood; two more sequels followed along with a failed attempt to turn it into a TV series.)
Here are five more things you probably didn’t know about Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise on its 30th anniversary
1. MTV had one of its epic contests/promotions where the winner got a chance to be an extra in the movie. (What was second place? A co-starring role in the movie?)
2. The “Ogre urination” scene lasts 1 minute and 46 seconds.
3. Two future West Wing cast members would co-star in this flick - Bradley Whitford as the leader of the Alpha Betas and Timothy Busfield as Poindexter.
4. Speaking of Poindexter, he gets the rare honor of saying the line “bite my crank” in my both Spanish and Seminole.
5. The island that the nerds are cast away to is actually the same island used in the second and third seasons of Gilligan’s Island. It’s not off the coast of Fort Lauderdale but rather it’s located off Oahu, Hawaii.