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I.Q. June 12, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.

Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple, The Fortune Cookie) playing Einstein! That was more than enough to pull me in. Throw in Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River) and Meg Ryan (When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail) and you have a charming cast that ensures this film isn’t a bad watch.

Einstein’s niece, Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) is involved with the brainy James Moreland (Stephen Fry). Catherine believes that she needs an intelligent man. So, she ignores all signals that suggest otherwise when she meets Ed Walters (Tim Robbins), a mechanic. Ed fancies her and Einstein believes he is the right guy for her. With help from his cronies, Einstein tries to play match-maker and set things right by portraying Ed as a genius. It is a question of heart versus mind and minimal IQ is enough to figure out what happens in the end.

This film written by Andy Breckman and directed by Fred Schepisi banks heavily on its premise. The promise of the premise is not completely translated into the screenplay but I guess they didn’t want to avoid formula since Einstein was around to push it along. The casting is very good and the actors enhance the appeal of this film. I found this movie to be a pleasant diversion. Whether you like this film or not depends on what you are expecting. Einstein plotting to set up his niece with a mechanic is a kind of silly but fun premise. If you feel the same, watch this fairly formulaic romantic comedy for the premise and the actors.


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