Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)
Today is the most important election of all time in the United States except for the last election and the one before that and the thousands before that. So in honor of Election Day, let us take a look at the most important issue facing the young voters of the National Fraternity Convention in Fort Lauderdale in 1987. If you’re unfamiliar with Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, it’s basically the exact same movie as the original but set in Florida and Anthony Edwards didn’t want to be in it very much. Now, the Tri-Lambs must overcome ridicule and prejudice on a larger scale, when the evil Alpha Betas (the Florida chapter, even though Ogre is there, for some reason) recommend “Proposition 15” at the convention, meaning that fraternity members have to pass physical tests in order to be members of the conference. It truly makes no sense, but these movies treat nerds in the ’80s like an oppressed minority on par with African-Americans in the first half of the 20th century. Anyway, in protest, the Tri-Lambs decide to host a rap concert (well, one song) to raise awareness about voting “No on 15.” I assume this is because of the resounding success of their musical number in the first film. But where that was a delightfully fun tune, their “No on 15” rap is quite possibly the most cringeworthy musical performance ever put on film, and I’m including “Drinkenstein.” Everything about it is embarrassingly bad, from the lyrics (“I’m somebody too!”) to whatever the hell they’re wearing to the white kid who makes Vanilla Ice look like Geto Boys. After this performance, I can’t believe that Prop 15 didn’t pass in a total landslide. So please consider voting today if you’re able so we can put a stop to nerds performing atrocious rap songs.