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Zapped! Blu-ray Review

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“Zapped!” is one odd comedy.

In the 1982 comedy “Zapped!,” a high school science nerd (Barney) develops telekinetic powers after a chemical accident. You’d think there would be more of a plot than just that, but there really isn’t. Sure, there are other subplots involving Barney falling for Class President Bernadette, Barney’s rich and horny pal Peyton seeking the affection of resident hottie Jane, and even the school Principal looking for love, but in terms of a main story, there isn’t much of one. The movie mostly just coasts on Barney using his powers (which usually involve tops and bras coming off). There’s not even really any conflict in this movie unless you count the “plant” and the brief spats Barney has with Bernadette and his mother.

Perhaps the strangest thing about Bruce Rubin and Robert J. Rosenthal’s script is that Barney does very little with his powers. For a “smart” kid, he doesn’t act very intelligent. He mostly uses his powers as a gag, a convenience, or to make his buddy Peyton happy. Equally puzzling is the fact that there are moments which complete contradict what came before.

As if the story wasn’t odd enough, the attempts at humor are somehow even weirder. There’s a random “Star Trek” parody, Scatman Crothers talking about salami, a weird Einstein drug trip, a “Carrie” esque ending, and an “Exorcist” dummy storyline (don’t ask). It’s all rather dopey stuff, but somehow, it manages to be watchable. The movie shouldn’t work at all given the massive amount of flaws, but the cast makes it work.

Speaking of which, the ensemble cast is pretty likable here (if a bit stiff at times). Scott Baio and Willie Aames are solid leads, but it’s the leading ladies (Felice Schachter and Heather Thomas) and supporting characters (Scatman Crothers and Robert Mandan) that steal the movie. They sell this bizarre world the characters inhabit which makes the whole movie more entertaining than it ought to be.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Grain, lines, and a few dirt specs are present here, but the colors and transfer look solid overall.

Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? The track is a little flat, but decent nonetheless.

No extras.

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May 19, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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