Buckaroo Banzai

January 22, 2008 at 10:47 am (film, music video, quiz)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension must be one of the most sublime movies I’ve ever seen. Why? It’s an eighties sci-fi movie that takes itself so seriously that it’s difficult to know whether one should laugh at the absurdity of it all or adopt it’s ingenous attitude. I may have guffawed once or twice at John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd but on the whole I took the film for what it was; a surprising vindication of the human spirit. Sure, that type of film is rather common but this particular film is special not because the heroes saved the day but because the Banzai team took salvation as an everyday occurrence.

Remember that closing scene of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that made you smile? It’s an homage to this:

If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend it. If you have seen this film, why didn’t you tell me about it?

Your Score: Buckaroo Banzai

151 Heart, 169 Genius, 153 Cool, 135 Excitability

Buckaroo Banzai – (Peter Weller)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

You are Buckaroo Banzai! Hard-rockin’ neurosurgeon, brilliant scientist, and all-around cool guy. Maybe you didn’t have the cinematic success of some of the other guys here, but it’s okay – you’re a cult classic!

“Hey, hey, hey. Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Other scientific possibilities:

Gary Wallace


Wyatt Donnelly


Peter Venkman


Jordan Cochran


Egon Spengler


Doc Brown


Newton Crosby


Paul Stephens


Ben Crandall


Wayne Szalinkski


Winston Zeddemore


Ben Jabituya


Lazlo Hollyfeld


Ray Stantz


Buckaroo Banzai


Chris Knight

Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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6 Comments

  1. Greg said,

    I could’ve told you about the sublime brilliance of it, but we don’t run in the same circles. I’m going to go ahead and blame Jon for this.

    I really would have liked to have seen what they could’ve done with the sequel, BB vs the World Crime League, but as the original failed miserably at the box office the idea was shelved. It was eventually reworked into Big Trouble In Little China, which was a brilliantly campy and fun movie in it’s own right so I guess everything worked out in the end.

    Still BB vs Lo Pan would’ve been amusing to watch.

  2. truth9 said,

    I did tell you about it!

    I just don’t think I made clear how awesome the movie is, or maybe everyone else dismissed it every time I suggested watching it, because it is a little hard to explain why the movie is so wonderful.

    G, are you sure that the sequel became “Big Trouble in Little China?” I’ve heard that a novelization of the potential second film was released, but I don’t recall hearing that tidbit.

  3. asfarasthoughtcanreach said,

    Really? Well I’ll trust your memory on this one. You really should force this kind of stuff on people Jon. They’ll thank you for it.

    And I have no idea about a sequel being related to BT in LC. But then I’ve only recently become aware of Buckaroo Banzai, so what do I know?

  4. amilke said,

    I scored the following lol but I have no idea who this is lol
    so um ya….

    128 Heart, 135 Genius, 130 Cool, 155 Excitability
    Wyatt Donnelly – (Ilan Mitchell-Smith)
    Weird Science (1985)

    You’re Wyatt Donnelly! Not really a scientist, you appeared in movie with ‘Science’ in the title, and in the ’80s that’s good enough. You don’t have much going for you, but there’s always the off-chance that you’ll create a perfect woman while fooling around on your computer. Unfortunately, it’s not the 80s, so that’s most likely to happen using Photoshop, not a freak electrical storm. But you’ve got a certain ‘inner coolness’ inside you, you just need the right circumstance to bring it out.

    “Wyatt, you’re going to have a heart attack by the time you’re forty if you don’t learn to relax. Have you tried inversion boots?”

  5. Greg said,

    Okay, I know I’m not making the BTiLC connection up but for the life of me I cannot find the bit of trivia. I know it was on IMDB under both films but when I look now it has disappeared from both entries. Meh… oh well, I’m going to consider it apocryphal until proven otherwise.

  6. Greg said,

    Oh and Amanda, you would be Wyatt from Weird Science. He was the dark haired kid, the blonde one was Anthony Michael Hall from The Breakfast Club… and more recently The Dead Zone TV Series.

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