Cinema: Upticks on the Atomic Clock the Manhattan Project

Directed by Marshall Brickman Screenplay by Marshall Brickman and Thomas Baum

"I never thought I'd say this to anybody, but I gotta go get the atomic bomb out of your car."

What makes this line even funnier than it sounds is that the speaker is 17- year-old Paul Stephens (Christopher Collet); that his coconspirator, Jenny, is played by a picture of innocence named Cynthia Nixon; that the exchange takes place at a high school science fair, where the competing projects involve things like soap bubbles and gerbils--and that they really do have an A-bomb in her auto.

The story of how this unlikely pair happens to be knocking at the door of...

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