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Making Mr. Right (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 3 April 1987 (USA)
A reclusive scientist builds a robot that looks exactly like him to go on a long-term space mission. Since the scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is unable to program them into his ... See full summary »

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Dr. Jeff Peters / Ulysses
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Frankie Stone
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Steve Marcus
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Sandy
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Estelle Stone
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Dr. Ramdas
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Don
Susan Berman ...
Ivy Stone
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Suzy Duncan
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Bruce
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Moe Glickstein
Sid Raymond ...
Manny
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Tux Salesman
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A reclusive scientist builds a robot that looks exactly like him to go on a long-term space mission. Since the scientist seems to lack all emotions, he is unable to program them into his automaton, and an eccentric woman is hired to "educate" the robot on human behavior. In the end, she falls in love... but is the robot or the Dr. Mr. Right? Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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3 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Cercasi l'uomo giusto  »

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$1,584,970 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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John Malkovich, Glenne Headly, and Laurie Metcalf, have been acting together since the late-'70s as members of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. See more »

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The morning after the wedding, when Steve Marcus gets into Frankie's car, his tie is untied. He has a cast on his right arm and is filmed from behind when they are talking. When the camera angle flips, his left arm (only one mobile) has not moved, yet his tie has a Windsor knot. See more »

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Sandy: [referring to a pair of earrings] They're just so beautiful, you take American Express?
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References Dr. Ruth Westheimer (1984) See more »

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Common Cause
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Written by Robert Sharples
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In love with an android.
10 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Making Mr. Right is one of director Susan Seidleman's funniest movies, perhaps even funnier than Desperately Seeking Susan. Plus, I love Seidleman's style, with such goofy situations always set in beautiful atmospheres with bright, art deco settings and neo/retro (60s with an 80s modification) wardrobe for both female and male characters. They were part of what made her movies so interesting.

Once again, Seidleman has directed another great romantic comedy with a terrific cast. Ann Magnuson is Frankie Stone, a woman who works in high class advertising. She has taken on a new project to help find the proper advertising angle for a new creation that is going to change the future--an android named Ullyseus (Malkovich), designed by a seriously detached scientist named Jeff Peters (also Malkovich). A scientist and an identical, eager android is already destined for great laughs as the situations lead to a few wild misunderstandings.

To Peter's dismay, Stone's quality time with Ullyseus (so she can figure out a successful advertising campaign) starts to make the android more human. And, ironically, he gains more human emotion than his identical creator, Jeff Peters, who gradually sinks into something more like an emotionless, android state. But Ullyseus wants to know what true love is all about (and Stone wants to know if such a thing is even possible).

It is a sweet movie, as Seidleman's movie often are, mostly because all the actors (and their respective characters) work so well together. In particular, this is a great demonstration of Malkovich's talents. It is one of the few comedies I have seen him in. And, it's fantastic to seem his try to act like an android acting like a human. Also, Laurie Metcalf (who was in Desperately Seeking Susan), as usual, is one of the funniest characters in the whole movie (just wait till you watch the scene with her and Ullyseus at the mall). It is a great romantic comedy, and one that I think 80s fans are sure to enjoy. Plus, Chaz Jenkel (who did some of the music for 'Real Genius') adds some great synthesizer/bongo drums music for this movie.


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