Stars: 3.7 of 5.
Running Time: 94 minutes.
Notable Cast or Crew: John Stockwell, Fisher Stevens, Danielle von Zerneck, Dennis Hopper, Richard Masur, Barry Corbin.
Tag-line: "The funniest sci-fi movie of the summer."
Best one-liner: "Hey, sayonara, dicknose!" Said by Fisher Stevens.
MY SCIENCE PROJECT is exactly the kind of stock, 80's lightning-drenched, madcap time travel teen movie that you think it is. And that's just fine with me. Written and directed by Jonathan R. Betuel (whose credits include THEODORE REX and a few of FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES), I can see that you're incredulously arching your eyebrows in regard to the quality. So here're 4 reasons why it's worth your time:
#1. Dennis Hopper. This is probably one of Hopper's worst performances, but if you're a Hopper fan, you'll realize that there's not really too much of a difference between the best and worst. Here, he plays a hippie science teacher (at one point he wears his outfit from EASY RIDER) and he's having a goddamn blast.
The writing seems inspired perhaps by the packaging blurb for a $10 flower child costume, his dialogue’s basically just variations on "Have a nice day, man.” At one point he gets to feel the power of the universe itself surging through his fingertips. How do you suppose Hopper plays it? Do you think he goes the subtle and understated route? Well, watch the movie and find out.
#2. Richard Masur, against type. Often confined to 'Dad' and 'Milquetoast' roles (LICENSE TO DRIVE, MR. BOOGEDY, et al.), here he gets a chance to play a crusty hardass sheriff, and it's great.
You almost think you're watching William Forsythe.
#3. Fisher Stevens. He's gaunt, smarmy, and out of control.
He wears a dime-store feather headdress, makes exclamations like "Sit on this, butt plug!," and tells a female cop to "Chill out, butch, and get a shave!"
#4. David L. Snyder's (BLADE RUNNER, PEE-WEE) production design. We don't really get to see it until the final act, when the high school is transformed into a brutal, fog-enshrouded battleground where past, present, and future collide. Nazis, Cyberpunk mutants, gladiators, troglodytes, Viet Cong, and a T.Rex take on our automatic weapon-wielding high schoolers, and all manner of brainless spectacle ensueth.
Oscar winner Fisher Stevens takes on a T. Rex.
Just about four alien turbo-powered stars.