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Wishful Skillin’: Real Genius

Speaking of Chris Knight

Sometimes when things are getting me down, I like to imagine myself as a student at Pacific Tech, hanging with Chris, Mitch, Jordan, Ick, and Lazlo. I would spend my days discussing subatomic particle theory, playing pranks on Kent, jumping around in huge piles of popcorn created by a giant laser beam from space, and following dudes who live in my closet down into underground abandoned mine shafts.

Sounds pretty good to me!








“They’re student beauticians…”



“It’s a moral imperative.”



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“Do you think it’s getting weird around here?”


Panda Hat

One of my best friends from high school is in town this week on business so we met up for dinner last night and he gave me an early birthday present:


Amazing, right??

He said that it reminded him of my obsession with the panda earmuffs from Real Genius, which apparently I have been talking about not only on this site, but since as far back as high school.

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Obviously not many people can rock the panda accessories with as much aplomb as Chris Knight. But I look pretty adorable in my hat, if I do say so myself:

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Welcome to your life, there’s no turning back…

Today, a song for you, from the movie Real Genius, which I am obsessed with.

The final scene in this movie is one of my favorites of all time. I too would like to cavort in a giant mountain of popcorn that was created by a laser beam from space. Is that really so much to ask from life? Perhaps it is. But I like to dream big.

Chris Knight’s Wardrobe

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There are many things I could say about 1985’s Real Genius. It is basically the best movie ever made, in my opinion, and whenever I try to write about it I literally get so excited that I have to take deep breaths to calm myself. However, for the purpose of this post I will be focusing on only one of the key elements that make this movie great – Chris Knight’s outfits.

This movie was made in the ‘80s, a decade in which a lot of people were running around looking fairly demented. But Val Kilmer as Chris Knight is amazing. It’s not even like his ensembles were all that complicated – t-shirts and button-downs, mainly – but it’s the small details that really bump everything up into the fashion stratosphere by about a billion points. For example:

Martian Antenna Headband

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Nobody rocks these like Chris Knight. Except for maybe me. Seriously, not to brag, but I look amazing in them. Some people were born to wear diamonds, some people were born to wear pearls. I was born to wear novelty headbands.

Ray-Ban Wayfarers

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Always classic.

Printed T-shirts

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Chris sports a variety of these in the movie, including ‘I ♥ Toxic Waste’, ‘International Order for Gorillas’, ‘Surf Nicaragua’, and ‘Summer Games 1984’.

Bunny Rabbit Slippers

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He owns not one, but two, pairs of this stylish footwear. And wears them to his final exams.

*Note: Upon further consideration, I believe that the slippers pictured in the second photo are Mouse slippers rather than Bunny Rabbit slippers. Still amazing, obviously.

And the pièce-de-résistance…?

Panda Earmuffs

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Any dude who can look hot in a pair of panda earmuffs has got my devotion for life. Actually this entire ensemble is fantastic, from the plaid shirt worn as some sort of cape/sash situation, to the striped gloves, to the…board shorts over sweatpants…? Is that what’s going on here? I don’t even know. Whatever it is, it’s amazing. What panache!