SEPTEMBER’S DEADBEAT OF THE MONTH: BOOGER.
Instead of making Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise, or any of the ones that followed for that matter, they should have made a prequel solely dedicated to the deadbeat life of Dudley “Booger” Dawson before he joined the Tri-Lambs at Atoms College. After witnessing his on-screen hijinks in the first film, can you imagine what he was up to before he got to college?
Depending on who you talk to (friends, scholars, historians, etc.), the question is always raised if Booger was even an actual nerd to begin with. After all – he smoked, drank, never took showers and wore obscene t-shirts long before he joined his freshman outcasts in the gym. His nerd status may remain debatable, however his deadbeat ranking is secure, confident and without question.
[NOTE: DEADBEAT-OF-THE-MONTH is an ongoing saga giving thanks and praise to a chosen deadbeat character each month. To see the rest of em’, go here]
We waited until the very specific month of September to unleash Booger upon this mighty countdown of deadbeats because this is technically the “back to school” time of year. We needed a certain academic failure to send us away to the educational institutions that will shape our future. Someone that wins belching contests, picks his nose in public, never goes to class and party’s like there’s no tomorrow.
Every word out of Booger’s mouth is full of sleaze and without any sort of filter. I would need an entire week to dissect every one-liner and sleaze-explosion he ignites. One of my personal favorites in the movie is when the guys are discussing possible dates for their upcoming party, to which someone asks Booger if he has a date. While strumming his guitar he looks up and mutters “I’ve been out combing the high schools all day”.
I always laugh and then fantasize about what type of car (if any) this lowlife drove. My best guess is that it was a 1984 Buick Grand National – one with rusted-out hubcaps, a sagging rear end, cigarette burns on the seats, crusted windows, a suicide knob on the steering wheel and empty cartons of Winston’s all over the floor. The sort of car you see parked at abandoned bowling alleys.
Here’s more. This time he delivers one of the greatest insults in the history of cinema:
Bash him if you must, but I stand by his deadbeat actions because 1) Booger RULES and 2) He’s important to the legacy of the nerds. Where would the Tri-Lambs be without him? If not for the wonder joint tampons that he brought to the kickoff party, there might not even be a Lambda Lambda Lambda. He ended up getting everyone high and loosening up the house, creating a sexy party vibe for the nerds and the moos. Even U.N. Jefferson was quite impressed as he was seen dancing around for a second after grabbing a contact high.
On a similar note, while he did rip off poor Takashi several times during card games and stole his money, he also taught him two extremely valuable lessons – how to get high and what a “hairpie” is. Call me crazy but I’m pretty sure those two life lessons are worth losing a few dollars at poker over.