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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Not afraid to be brave

Author: Psyche-8 from London, UK
4 October 2000

This is a fantastic film, it really is. The director took a risk in casting a relatively unknown actress (Magnuson) in a lead role, but that risk paid off - she turned in a faultless, feisty performance, and I really believed that she was a top notch confidant businesswoman whose love life was a mess. John Malkovich is equally good, and it is so nice to see him cast against type and doing comedy for a change - and two roles to boot - which he manages very well. A far cry from "Dangerous Liaisons", Malkovich works hard to give the android depth and character, when Ulysses could have easily become so two-dimensional. Instead we have the pleasure of watching him grow and gradually develop the emotions and human characteristics that we take for granted, so that if you rewind and watch how Ulysses was at the beginning, he will seem completely different. Equally, Dr Peters, though arrogant and dispassionate, does evoke some sympathy and compassion with the audience. In an ironic turn, watch how machinelike Jeff seems in comparison to Ulysses towards the end, you will be surprised!

Brilliant! The scene at the wedding when Ulysses tells Frankie he loves her was perfect and particularly moving.

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Hilarious, imaginative, and inspired comedy.

Author: boopsie4 from Virginia
20 June 2000

Another of my perfect comedies. It is brilliant from beginning to end, not to mention hilarious. And the things you learn reading these reviews -- I had no idea that Sandy was Laurie Metcalf, so I am going to watch it when I get home from work just because I am a Laurie Metcalf fan and can't believe I didn't recognize her. Ann Magnuson is absolutely unforgettable and I am really sorry her career didn't take off like a rocket after this movie. I won't go into detail because so many of the other reviews do, but I watch this at least once a year and it never fails to grab me. One of the most enjoyable movies ever made, with top-notch production values, beautiful and great photography, magnificent direction, and an outstanding and perfect cast. There may be one plot-specific and perfectly apt F word and only plot-specific and non-graphic nudity, which may account for it's relative lack of popularity. Why can't there be more movies like this?

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:


Author: mack3175 from Metairie, Louisiana
25 July 2002

A sweet romantic comedy, that has an interesting twist. A image consultant named Frankie Stone(Ann Magnuson) who just dumped her philandering congressman boyfriend(Ben Masters). Is asked to help an android named Ulysses(John Malkovich), to help polish his social graces, before he is unvaled to the public. Much of the dismay of his of his creator Dr. Jeff Peters(Also John Malkovich). A good romantic comedy of it's time. Ann Magnuson is great. John Malkovich is terrific in duel roles has the sweet and sincere android Ulysses, and has the uptight and cynical Dr. Jeff Peters. A great movie to rent for your date.

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

great movie

Author: thedarktower ( from Paranaque, Philippines
23 November 2001

the movie was far ahead of its time. i just got to watch this film recently in wowow -- a japanese cable channel available here in the philippines -- and as i was watching the film, i thought that the movie was made in 1999 or later. i was very surprised to find in the credits that the film had a copyright year of 1987. amazing!

i think that most of the themes of the movie: love, sex, finding the right person, being a loner, were tackled in a timeless manner, such that they are still applicable now as they were 14 years ago.

all in all, a great movie. definitely, a must see!

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:


Author: jlp937 from United States
13 June 2000

This film was my first introduction to John Malkovich. He stars in a dual role as the straight laced Dr. Jeff Peters and the fun loving android Ulysses. This is one of the few roles that Malkovich has done that really bring out his comedic side. The story goes as such: Frankie is a publicist that is hired by Chemtec to socialize an expensive android, Ulysses, before he journeys into space for 7 years. There are also hilarious supporting performances by Glenne Headley and Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne). This is a definate must-see comedy!!!!!

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

What's Not to Like?

Author: golem3 from Trinidad not Tobago
16 May 2006

As a tremendous fan of movies, I have yet to see many directed by women. Rarely are they publicized, and rarely are they seen, for many reasons. This movie, Making Mr. Right, is one of the great films of the late twentieth century.

It is a film fraught with ironies and humor, and told from the perspective of a busy working woman, who is in the midst of making her life and keeping up relationships. Her life is changed when she is forced to train an android to learn some people skills.

The movie brings up all kinds of social questions – it feels largely told from a anthropologist's view – a perspective that is completely devoid of the subject at work. This is certainly very interesting, and becomes very engaging when it is forced to look at the way people interact and why.

There are the obvious questions – like can machines think? These conspicuous ones are less interesting to the audience since they are an old hat, something already presented to us by science fiction writers of the 60s and 70s.

The cinematography or other technical elements are nothing to rave about. You don't watch it for the special effects, obviously. John Malkovich puts on a startling real act of a machine, as well as the maddened scientist who cannot interact with the real world.

RATING: 8/10

"One day, when people have figured that out (the problems of love), then they will be more than just machines"

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Orion Pictures mismarketed this quirky charmer.

Author: xavrush89 from Illinois, U.S.A.
10 February 2005

If there were more genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this film, it could have achieved more commercial success. OR, if it hadn't been pitched to audiences as a straight comedy, it could have achieved later status over time as a cult film. This is the approach I think the producers should have taken. This would have made a great indie(rather than a mainstream release by the fledgling Orion Pictures) with Ann Magnuson still as the star. Have the actors play it straight as a character study and let the subtle natural comedy shine through. Laurie Metcalf's dingy character would have to be dismissed or toned down a bit, but otherwise this would work with the same quirky charm that made Mystic Pizza (released the following year) a success.

As it is, the film is sweet more than it is funny. And it works thanks to John Malkovich's great dual performances and Magnuson's ability to carry a film (the only time she's been allowed to do so before or since--pity). Believe it or not, this was the film in which I discovered them both, and they should still be proud of having it on their resumes, even with all they went on to accomplish.

I shouldn't be too hard on Orion, though. After all, they did put out "The Silence of the Lambs", but they also let "Blue Sky" sit on a shelf until they went belly-up and another studio had to release it four years after it was completed. The only flaw is not in this film itself, but in the way it was marketed and what I as an audience member expected going into it. This film deserves rediscovery--and if it gets it, there's the added bonus of '80s nostalgia in the fashions and some of the dialogue.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

An nice, pleasant, underrated romantic comedy of the 1980's with some originality.

Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada
29 September 2010

An bright, smart, beautiful woman named Frankie Stone (Ann Magnuson) is public relations executive. She been hired by a huge technology company to "humanaize" their latest work. An dorky, curious, android named Ulysses (John Malkovich). Which Ulysses is been trained to be an astronaut. Ulysses is the likeness of a cold-hearted scientist named Jeff Peters (Also played by Malkovich). At first, Frankie finds her latest assignment to be truly strange. As she gets to know Ulysses much better than Peters, she slowly falls in love with Ulysses! Ulysses starting to be more curious about the human life than being an astronaut. Which Peters is absolutely furious, since it taken him years to train Ulysses and drives him crazy that Ulysses only wants to know about love!

Directed by Susan Seidelman (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan, She-Devil) made an amusing romantic comedy with superb comic performances by Malkovich and Magnuson. "Making Mr. Right" was an flop, when it was released in 1987. But the movie did went on to have an loyal cult following. It is fun to watch Malkovich in a charming, extremely funny and touching role. Which it is rare for Malkovich. Magnuson is certainly an knockout in her role. Glenne Headly does have some very amusing moments as Stone's best friend and Laurie Metcalf does have some good moments as the annoying woman in Peters' life.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an good Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD's only feature is the original theatrical trailer. In a way, "Making Mr. Right" is a odd romantic comedy with some original effective moments that makes this movie unique. The movie has an great if unusual ending as well. Die-fans of Malkovich certainly should check the movie out. Great use of "The Turtles" song titled "Happy Together" at the end. "Making Mr. Right" is certainly an curio. (****/*****).

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

In love with an android.

Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida
10 April 2004

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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Signs of the future, funny on film but scary in reality.

Author: mark.waltz from United States
19 April 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Androids, clones, aliens, pod people. All non-human, at least in the biblical sense. Almost 30 years have passed since this avant garde comedy came and went, a variation of movie plots that went back to the silent age. Yet strikingly original, this Susan Seidelman has a lot going for it even if this had been done hundreds of times whether in comedy, science fiction or serials.

Cult actress Ann Magnuson is smart, attractive and successful, but a dud with men. She becomes involved in business dealings with wacky scientist John Malkovich who has created an android that looks exactly like him, and a series of wacky adventures has Magnuson getting in over her head as she teaches android Malkovich all about life...and love.

Practically stealing the film is future "Roseanne" co-star Laurie Metcalf as a love-starved young lady who has a major crush on Malkovich the scientist and ends up on a truly bad date with Malkovich the android. To toss in some class, Polly Bergen is present as Magnuson's opinionated mother.

Charming but unremarkable, this checks the viewer into a future we can only pray is false. The actors are all likable and the swift direction helps this fly by, but it hasn't achieved the cult status that this certainly deserves. There are many amusing moments including one where a Jewish coat salesman makes an interesting observation when a naked Malkovich bares all to him and Magnuson without shame.

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