My Science Project

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

My Science Project (Touchstone Movie)

“My Science Project” is a sci-fi comedy film released in 1985, directed by Jonathan R. Betuel. The story revolves around a high school student named Michael Harlan, played by John Stockwell, who is known for his laziness and lack of interest in academics. However, when he stumbles upon a mysterious device in a military junkyard, his life takes an unexpected turn.

As part of a school project, Michael decides to use the strange device, which turns out to be a piece of advanced alien technology. Unaware of its true power, he activates the device, and it starts to create a time warp, pulling objects and people from various time periods into the present day.

With the help of his quirky science teacher, played by Dennis Hopper, and his friends, Michael must find a way to contain the chaotic time warp and prevent it from causing further havoc. As dinosaurs, futuristic robots, and historical figures appear in the present, the students embark on a wild adventure to restore order.

“My Science Project” blends science fiction elements with comedy and adventure, creating an entertaining and lighthearted film. The visual effects, though dated by today’s standards, add to the film’s charm and nostalgia, transporting audiences back to the 1980s.

The film explores themes of responsibility, teamwork, and the consequences of meddling with forces beyond one’s understanding. It also presents a coming-of-age narrative, as Michael and his friends learn valuable life lessons and discover their strengths and potential.

While “My Science Project” may not be a blockbuster hit, it has become a cult classic among fans of 1980s sci-fi and adventure films. Its mix of humor, action, and time travel intrigue continues to entertain audiences of all ages. The film serves as a fun reminder of the nostalgic and imaginative storytelling prevalent in 1980s cinema.

Overall, “My Science Project” is an enjoyable and underrated gem that captures the essence of the 1980s and offers an entertaining escape into the world of time-traveling science fiction.

My Science Project

Additional Details


  • John Stockwell: Michael Harlan
  • Danielle von Zerneck: Ellie Sawyer
  • Fisher Stevens: Vince Latello
  • Raphael Sbarge: Sherman
  • Dennis Hopper: Bob Roberts


  • Director: Jonathan R. Betuel
  • Producer: Jonathan Taplin
  • Writer: Jonathan R. Betuel

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