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Legendary scientist Albert Einstein played here by Walter Matthau takes a break from theoretical physics to try to set up his intellectual niece with a handsome auto mechanic in this romantic comedy. The movie's central conceit is that Einstein's brilliance extends to matters of the heart, allowing him to immediately sense that Ed Walters Tim Robbins, a bright, lower-class mechanic obsessed with Popular Science Magazine, would be perfect for his niece Catherine Meg Ryan. Unfortunately, Catherine is already ...
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Legendary scientist Albert Einstein played here by Walter Matthau takes a break from theoretical physics to try to set up his intellectual niece with a handsome auto mechanic in this romantic comedy. The movie's central conceit is that Einstein's brilliance extends to matters of the heart, allowing him to immediately sense that Ed Walters Tim Robbins, a bright, lower-class mechanic obsessed with Popular Science Magazine, would be perfect for his niece Catherine Meg Ryan. Unfortunately, Catherine is already engaged to a stiff Princeton man. In order to defeat Catherine's resistance, Uncle Albert decides to help Ed pretend to be a revolutionary scientist, a charade that inevitably leads to much farcical confusion. Einstein's scientist pals are portrayed as a Greek chorus of Catskills-style kibitzers, featuring such notable perfomers as Lou Jacobi as Kurt Godel and director Gene Saks as Boris Podolsky.
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The syrup flows freely in this too cute but somewhat amusing romantic comedy from director Fred Schepisi, who strives for but fails to attain the charm and energy of his previous winner Roxanne (1987). The lovebird leads are instantly forgettable: Meg Ryan gives one of her trademark "smart but clueless" performances, while Tim Robbins re-creates his low-wattage character from Bull Durham (1988) sans the cocky swagger. It may not be entirely on the actors' shoulders, as their characters (and thus their performances) lack any edge, brittleness, or originality that might have rendered them believable and worthy of sympathy and identification. What works quite well here, however, is the screenplay's quirky and lovable concept that casts Albert Einstein (ably portrayed by Walter Matthau) as a mensch accompanied by a gaggle of kvetching yes-men straight out of Neil Simon or Woody Allen, for whom physics is a distant second to playing Cupid. The genuinely cute idea here is that Einstein is so smart, his true genius is to realize that love and chemistry are more important than compatibility or brains. For those able to suspend disbelief long enough to buy that a high intelligence quotient equals wisdom and good-heartedness, I.Q. will prove diverting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • UPC: 032429059246
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Ed Walters
Meg Ryan Catherine Boyd
Walter Matthau Albert Einstein
Lou Jacobi Kurt Godel
Gene Saks Boris Podolsky
Joseph Maher Nathan Liebknecht
Stephen Fry James Moreland
Tony Shalhoub Bob Rosetti
Frank Whaley Frank
Charles Durning Louis Bamberger
Keene Curtis Eisenhower
Alice Playten Gretchen
Danny Zorn Dennis
Helen Hanft Rose
Tim Jerome Academic
John McDonough Academic
Lewis J. Stadlen Moderator
Jeff Brooks Reporter
Rex Robbins Suit
Richard Woods Suit
Daniel Von Bargen Secret service agent
Sol Frieder Professor Loewenstein
Scotty Bloch Dinner Guest
Alice Drummond Dinner guest
Leo Leyden Dinner Guest
Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director, Producer
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Carol Baum Producer
Jill Bilcock Editor
Andy Breckman Original Story, Screenwriter
Sandy Gallin Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
W. Steven Graham Art Director
Michael Laudati Makeup
Michael Leeson Screenwriter
Neil Machlis Co-producer
Danny Michael Musical Direction/Supervision
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
David Rubin Casting
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
John Wildermuth Asst. Director
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Grand Design [10:25]
2. Wahoo [6:58]
3. Wonderful to the Power of 10 [6:42]
4. A Million Kisses on Your Skin [4:13]
5. Cold Fusion [9:12]
6. Intelligent Life on Earth [10:53]
7. Accidental Discoveries [5:23]
8. Question Everything [7:02]
9. True Nature of Intelligence [8:42]
10. A Big Lie [11:34]
11. Boom [5:57]
12. Operation Red Cabbage [4:32]
13. End Credits [4:02]
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Great movie, BN should make it avaiable in Nook Video!

    Great movie, BN should make it avaiable in Nook Video!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful, light-hearted escape

    What a great reminder that upwardly intelligent people can love, be funny and act just as average as the rest of us. Walter Matthau is credited in the movie, but I think Einstein came back for a stay just to play his part. Yes, I loved this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A keeper

    This was a clean, heartwarming story that was funny and uplifting to the spirit. It recognizes the value of family relations and pokes fun at intellectualism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Great romantic comedy. Hilarious!

    This movie is great for anyone who enjoys romance and comedy. Walter Mathau is hilarious as Uncle Albert Einstein. Albert, along with his genius buddies, play all sorts of funny pranks in order to get Catherine to fall in love with a young mechanic who has already fallen for her.

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