There were lots of movies from the 1980s that were oriented toward the younger male audience, some of them just okay ("Bachelor Party"), some of them awful ("Porkies"), and some of them great.
This fits into the latter category.
As anyone could guess without having seen it already, this is a story about how some of the "uncool" people on a college campus get back at all the "beautiful people" and triumph in the end.
The two main characters are Lewis (played by Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (played by Anthony Edwards, yes, THAT Anthony Edwards), two dorky kids just starting their freshman year at Adams College.
Once they arrive, they quickly learn that the jocks and cheerleaders aren't going to make their stay there anything but miserable, including a loud, jeering "NERDS!" from the muscle man of the jocks, "Ogre" (played by Donald Gibb).
The core actors of the movie are coke bottle glasses wearing Poindexter (Tim Busfield), flamboyantly gay Lamar (Larry B. Scott), elementary school aged Wormser (Andrew Cassese), Japanese Takashi (Brian Tochi), and ultra-slob Booger (Curtis Armstrong).
Insult after insult rains down on the nerds, until they decide to try and work within the system, seeking to start their own fraternity, but finding that the "beautiful people" in charge of the Greek Council reject them out of hand without a national sponsor.
The nerds then go on a search for a national sponsor, getting rejected by all but the one to which they forget to include a group photo in their application, that fraternity being Lambda Lambda Lambda.
They are accepted on a sixty day probationary status with the sponsor, contingent on satisfying the sponsor after that period.
Along the way, the nerds are faced with no choice but to retaliate, and retaliate HARD, against the jocks and cheerleaders.
I won't give away any more, since I don't like people spoiling good movies for others, but let me just say that my favorite scene is near the very end, when several NON-NERD members of Lambda Lambda Lambda show up to back up their nerd brothers.
The funny thing about this movie is that, yes, it's got lots of gross and sexual jokes, but not quite as excessive as in lots of movies of today, yet at the center of the story is a surprisingly worthwhile message about treating people who are different well.
It's hilarious, sometimes sophomoric, but in the end, it's just a great movie.
You get lots of nice extras with the movie, including a commentary track from director Jeff Kanew and actors Tim Busfield, Robert Carradine, and Curtis Armstrong.
You also get a nice featurette, "I'm A Nerd, And I'm Pretty Proud Of It," that runs just over forty minutes.
You also get several deleted scenes, some of which are amusing, but watching them convinced me that the editors made the right choice by leaving them on the cutting room floor.
You also get the (sorry, but very forgettable) TV pilot for "Revenge Of The Nerds."
Lastly, you get the trailers for both "ROTN" and "ROTN II (Nerds In Paradise)."
One word of caution for those of you with youngsters is that there is some strong language (occasional f-bombs, s-word, etc.) along with some sexual references.
More importantly, there is also some brief full frontal (both up and down) nudity, so approach with caution.