Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation
|Revenge of the Nerds III:
The Next Generation
by Tim Metcalfe
|Written by||Steve Zacharias
|Directed by||Roland Mesa|
|Music by||Garry Schyman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Zacharias/Buhai Productions
|Distributor||20th Century Fox|
|Preceded by||Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise|
|Followed by||Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love|
Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation is a 1992 20th Century Fox made-for-television sequel to the 1984 hit comedy film Revenge of the Nerds, produced by Robert Engelman, directed by Roland Mesa, that stars Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia Montgomery, and Morton Downey Jr.
A new generation of nerd students now rule on campus at early-90's Adams College. The Alpha Betas are respectful of the nerds' prominence, some even wishing to join their fraternity. Everything changes when a successful but reprehensible businessman, Orrin Price (Morton Downey, Jr.), becomes a member of the Adams College Board of Regents. A new generation of jocks has also just come to Adams, including Orrin's nerd-hating son. Former Alpha Beta Stan Gable, now a motorcycle police officer, is installed as the new Dean of Students by Orrin Price. Gable and Price rally the new Alpha Betas to cause trouble for the nerds, whose group now includes an obese kilt-wearing English inductee and a Korean Elvis impersonator, who emphasizes that he is South Korean when asked about his dixie accent. Anti-nerd actions escalate with the vandalizing of the Computer Science Center and an Alpha Beta raid that ruins the Tri-Lamb's welcoming party for new campus members.
Lewis, who chairs Adams' Computer Science Department, has been distancing himself from his nerd past by growing a ponytail and asking people to call him "Lew" rather than Lewis. His nephew Harold, now a student at Adams, is surprised at his uncle's behavior, pointing out that in his day Lewis was the "George Washington of nerds". Betty, now married to Lewis and also an art professor at Adams College, tries to remind him that she fell in love with him because he had the courage to be himself. But Lewis is more interested in becoming friends with the new dean, not noticing that Stan Gable hopes to break up his marriage and win back Betty. When Stan and the Alpha Betas escalate their anti-nerd campaign, Lewis is forced to reexamine his "self-hating nerd" persona. Unable to ignore what is happening, Lewis takes action.
Price has framed the Tri-Lambs by planting marijuana in their fraternity house. Lewis reaches out to Stan to help defend the Tri-Lambs, but Stan says no. Lewis angrily reminds Stan that he was forgiving of their rocky past and even defended him when others were telling him Stan was worthless. But Stan says that he is not Lewis' friend and that Lewis will always be a nerd. This betrayal finally spurs Lewis to once again embrace his nerd self. He arranges for bail for the arrested Tri-Lambs by putting up his house as collateral. He then calls upon all the nerds, those on campus and in the city, who are sympathetic to their cause to participate in a massive nerd strike. Many of the city's basic utilities and services become crippled. To end the strike, Price decides to frame Lewis for embezzling college funds; in reality, Price stole the money himself and Stan, visibly sickened by Price's plans, doesn't stand in his way. Lewis is arrested, and the strikers return to work. Betty then confronts Stan about getting Lewis released, and he becomes deeply ashamed, saying he still has a little pride left.
Many of Lewis' old Tri-Lamb friends have returned to support him, despite Lewis believing they would never forgive him for denying his nerd self. When the trial begins, things look bad for Lewis; the judge denies all of Booger's arguments and says that Lewis is guilty. After introspection, Stan has a change of heart and testifies against Price, admitting that he has proof that Price framed Lewis for the theft and also planted the marijuana. Stan also admits that he is a nerd and has always wanted to read books, but his family always discouraged it. Price is arrested, and the charges against Lewis are dismissed. The Tri-Lambs are cleared, and the Alpha Betas are defeated once again, this time losing their Adams fraternity charter. Stan feels it best that he resign as Dean of Students, but Lewis convincingly argues against his leaving. The nerds accept Stan as one of their own, once again guaranteeing nerd freedom at Adams College.
This film features a new generation of nerds in the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity and also marks the return of several other characters from the first two films.
- Robert Carradine as Lewis "Lew" Skolnick
- Ted McGinley as Stan Gable
- Curtis Armstrong as Dudley "Booger" Dawson
- Julia Montgomery as Betty Childs Skolnick
- Morton Downey, Jr. as Orrin Price
- Gregg Binkley as Harold Skolnick
- Richard Israel as Ira Poppus
- Henry Cho as Steve Toyota
- Bernie Casey as U. N. Jefferson
- James Cromwell as Mr. Skolnick
- Mike Greenwood as Gilbert Lowe
- Larry B. Scott as Lamar Latrelle
- Sean Whalen as Harold Wormser
- Brian Tochi as Takashi Toshiro
While most of the cast from the original Revenge of the Nerds film reprised their roles, five did not. Anthony Edwards was unavailable for his role of Gilbert Lowe, Lewis's best friend. Gilbert appears in the film, played by Mike Greenwood, while Sean Whalen plays the role of Wormser, replacing Andrew Cassese. Alan Wittert takes the role of Dean Ulich, replacing David Wohl. The Poindexter character was written out of the series due to actor Timothy Busfield choosing not to participate in the film.
The film was released on DVD both as part of the Atomic Wedgie Collection and separately.