Famous Names: Martha Coolidge (Director) Val Kilmer, William Atherton, Jon Gries (Cast)

Crunchy Goodness: 3

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Life Lesson: Always check your optics.

Most Painfully Dated Moment: The end credits, a feel-good slo-motion scene set to Tears for Fears' 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World.'

Memorable Product Tie-In: Real Genius may be the best-ever ad for Jiffy Pop, for reasons that a single watching will make abundantly clear.

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