I thought I would watch it with my kids. I'm glad I didn't. Even thought it stars a teen heartthrob of the day, it's really a movie for teens and adults. The language and a few of the references deem it unsuitable for my kids.
Remember the scene where, in biology class, Broderick suggests that the origin of asexual reproduction came from the teacher's wife? In my memory, I had pictured that in Ferris Beuler's Day Off, but it's actually in War Games. Right actor, wrong character.
The WOPR. This was made of wood, painted to look like metal.
A special effects guy sat inside, controlling the display with an Apple II computer.
One other thing I didn't remember: In the first scene we see a shift change at a missle silo. In the corridor outside the control room, we see a sign that says, "Anyone urinating in this area will be discharged." Is that sign really found in military installations? Is it necessary? Has anyone ever been discharged for that offense? Just wondering. . . .
This is a great movie. I am biased because I saw it and loved it at an impressionable age, but I dare say it's a bona fide classic.
Bottom line, 3 1/2 stars.