The Genius Club

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The Genius Club
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Chey
Produced by Executive Producer:
Keiki Nishimura
Stephen Baldwin
and others.
Arch Bonnema
Daishi Takiishi
Tim Chey
and others.
Written by Tim Chey
Starring Stephen Baldwin
Tom Sizemore
Jack Scalia
Music by Daniel Bijan
Cinematography Tyler Allison
Edited by Tim Chey
Distributed by RiverRain Productions
Release dates
  • October 27, 2006 (2006-10-27) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Genius Club is a 2006 film from the United States written and directed by Tim Chey. The film was released on October 27, 2006 via the Cinemark Theaters.[1]

The film tells the story of seven geniuses who try to solve the world's problems in one night in order to prevent a nuclear bomb from exploding in Washington, D.C. The film was produced and distributed by Cloud Ten Pictures and RiverRain Productions.


On Christmas Eve, Armand (Tom Sizemore), a terrorist who has a hidden nuclear device in Washington D.C., forces the president of the United States government (Jack Scalia) to round up seven geniuses with IQs over 200. The group consists of a casino owner (Carol Abney), a biochemist (Paula Jai Parker), a pro-baseball player (Matt Medrano), a seminary student (Jacob Bonnema), an economics professor (Phillip Moon), a painter (Tricia Helfer), and a pizza delivery guy (Stephen Baldwin).

The government is to place them in a bomb shelter and explain to the group that they are to solve the world's problems in one night; if they fail to gather a thousand points before morning, the terrorist will detonate the hidden nuclear device planted in the basement of the 'genius lair'.



The film was marketed during the 2007 Marché du Film (film market) which ran simultaneously with the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Director Tim Chey wanted to make a film about the world's issues while combining the humanity and intelligence of the various character geniuses.[2] Arch Bonnema produced the film, and his son Jacob plays Jacob Chernov, the seminary student.

The film is not explicitly religious, though it is Christian in its tone and message; seminary student Chernov, for example, at times quotes the Bible and answers the "meaning of life" question by observing that "there is no meaning outside of God."

Both director Tim Chey, who is a Christian, and the producers believed it was important that a "real Christian" play the part of Jacob Chernov, hence the selection of Jacob Bonnema, a Christian like his father.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Many American critics thought that the movie was static and heavy-handed.[4][5]

Yet, its Christian message did appeal to critics from Southern Vanity, a Dallas-based lifestyle magazine, and it won the Dove "Family Approved" Seal in June 2008.[6]


The movie was released on DVD in September 2008.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Genius Club at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Chey, Tim Web site. Last accessed: April 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Maurstad, Tom. Dallas Morning News, feature article, October 27, 2006
  4. ^ Maurstad, Tom. Dallas Morning News, film review, October 27, 2006
  5. ^ Cogill, Gary.WFAA-TV, film review, October 27, 2006.
  6. ^ The Genius Club review by the Dove Foundation at the Christian Cinema web site, 2008. Last accessed: October 3, 2008.

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