Zapped! (1982)

Zapped! (1982)

Taglines: The comedy that won’t let you down!

Barney Springboro (Scott Baio) is a high school science nerd at Emerson High in Los Angeles who obtains telekinetic powers after a lab accident. Along with his best friend Peyton Nichols (Willie Aames), a wealthy playboy with a dirty mind, Barney uses his new powers to take revenge upon bullies, cheat at baseball, and strip girls, particularly the beautiful but snobby and mean girl Jane Mitchell (Heather Thomas).

Barney comes to realize that the best girl for him is actually Bernadette (Felice Schachter), the school’s nerdy feminist class president who also becomes privy to his secret powers. After typical hi-jinks, the film’s climax is set at the school’s senior prom which Barney uses his powers to disrobe several people when he loses his self-control, a parody climax of Stephen King’s Carrie.

After he gets hit on the head with a fire hose, he wakes up later and discovers that he no longer has his powers, to the dismay and relief of both Peyton and Bernadette. However, in the final scene it is revealed that this is a lie as Barney escorts Bernadette from the building and uses his powers to levitate himself and her away.

Zapped! is a 1982 American sex comedy teen film directed by Robert J. Rosenthal and co-written with Bruce Rubin. The film stars Scott Baio as a high school student who acquires telekinetic powers.

Zapped! Movie Poster (1982)

Zapped! (1982)

Directed by: Robert J. Rosenthal
Starring: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Robert Mandan, Felice Schachter, Scatman Crothers, Roger Bowen, Hilary Beane, Heather Thomas
Screenplay by: Bruce Rubin, Robert J. Rosenthal
Cinematography by: Daniel Pearl
Film Editing by: Robert A. Ferretti
Set Decoration by: Wendy Fine
Art Direction by: Boyd Willat
Music by: Charles Fox
Distributed by: Embassy Pictures
Release Date: July 23, 1982