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Biochemist dork Paul Matthews (Tate Donovan) is horrible with women. He
goes to a gypsy and is given love potion #8. He and fellow dorky lab
rat Diane Farrow (Sandra Bullock) discover the potion works through
their voice on the opposite sex for 4 hours. They try experimenting
with the potion. It works better than expected. However the potion gets
loose and the gypsy gives Paul love potion #9.
Both leads are a couple of believable dorks. Paul getting rejected at the bar is great. Bullock with bed hair looks way too hot to be dorky. Then the movie gets boring and unfunny. Quite frankly, Paul's return to the bar is not as compelling as it should be. I question if the writing from Dale Launer is actually funny. It's a disappointment since he had written some pretty funny movies. Although he's not a good director and maybe that's the problem here. Bullock is crazy adorable and Donovan is likable enough. However it doesn't have the heat or the comedy for a good rom-com.
Need Success with dating then this film is just an idea on one of the ways of getting one, with a love potion. A fair comedy with some mishaps along the way, Sandra does her usual superb acting, the best bit is when Sandra gets into a wedding dress, Fhourr!!!
Dale Launer wrote and directed this early comedic showcase for Sandra Bullock, its title taken from the hit song of years past. Strained romantic fantasy has two science nerds made attractive and popular by a gypsy woman's love spell. Unknown at the time, Bullock asserts herself with aplomb despite supremely silly and threadbare surroundings. Picture begins well, mostly due to Sandra's dryly charming sass, but Tate Donovan emerges as little more than a moving hole in the screen and the film's second-half is all downhill. Barely released by Twentieth Century-Fox, who must have known this stiff was dead on arrival. * from ****
The title of this flimsy little outing of a film from 1992 - LOVE
POTION #9 - should give you an idea of where you're headed if you rent
this movie: hackneyed story about two science geeks (Sandra Bullock and
Tate Donovan) whose experimentation with a 'love potion' obtained from
a gypsy (Anne Bancroft playing Anne Bancroft) has kick back effects
which all end up in a love story of sorts.
The reason for watching this little effort is to see one of Sandra Bullock's early forays into comedy (she actually started making things like this in 1987 but this film drew enough attention to get her into 'Speed' two years later, that famous launching pad for Bullock and Keanu Reeves). Aside from Bullock and Bancroft the remainder of the cast is forgettable as is the story...but it is a lot better than many of the similar flicks on the shelves right now. Grady Harp
This is a very silly film. The most interesting thing about it is just how awful costuming and makeup can make Sandra Bullock look. The Nerds Get Even idea can be milked for a few laughs every once in a while. But this film doesn't even begin to match the humor in such classics of the genre as Revenge of the Nerds and Weird Science. BTW, thats called d**mning with faint praise.
I saw this movie years ago and remember it as being quite good. The bar scenes were very good. I bought the VHS of it and gave it another viewing. They must have changed the VHS version as there was only one bar scene. I am wrong. It is not a good movie at all. It had Sandra in it and you can't mess her up. She was super in it as always. She did her very best to save this movie but it was not to be. It really was a drag. I can,t say for sure that it was that bad because I think they changed it quite a bit leaving some really great scenes out. It just wasn't the same as I remember it. I will say it was nice to see Anne Bancroft once again. It boils down to this. I think the first time I saw it it was okay. The version I bought was not okay. Don't get me wrong, the acting was good. The movie was bad.
"Love Potion No. 9" is the fantasy of every young boy, and I suspect a
few young girls, although I have to guess on that one. I have never
been a young girl, and I don't plan to start now! But take the premise,
Paul (Tate Donovan) is more than a bit geeky and his dating life could
be described on a very small piece of note paper. So his friends do
what any good friends would do -- send him to Madame Ruth (Anne
Bancroft in a nice small role) who has supernatural connections. The
result? A love potion that makes it impossible for the opposite sex to
However, for me more interesting was the rest of the movie, after Sandra Bullock's character, Diane Farrow, also gains access to the love potion. She creates a great character here, for a so-so little movie, as a real, unappealing geeky girl. A quick spray and the guys can't resist her. She and Paul do what any geeky scientists would do, they treat the whole thing as a big experiment, and "evaluating the results" has some interesting and funny consequences. While this is by no means a very good movie, it is interesting to me mainly as an earlier Bullock movie, before she gained more widespread attention in 'Speed' with Keanu Reeves.
Decent enough romantic "comedy" about a nerd who acquires a dose of
so-called "love potion" from a mysterious gypsy fortune teller. This
suddenly makes the opposite sex take notice for once. Sound routine enough
Bullock is fine in this watchable early vehicle, but it's rather dry and unfunny. Based on the iconic song, "Love Potion No. 9." Otherwise, there is no connection.
Funny, but somewhat dumb film about two lab-rats (Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan) who get a love-potion from an old gypsy (Anne Bancroft) and go from dweebs to hot-lovers. Now they are having sex with anyone and everyone that they are attracted to. However they both turn jealous, realizing that they love each other. The film is funny and sappy, but nothing exceptional ever comes out of the final product. Bullock would soon become a super-star, but her film persona does not save this one. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
'Love Potion #9' is a somewhat boring comedy that yearns to be goofy, but
by the end, when it does quickly show flashes of being good, you care so
little for the characters and the far-fetched situation they are in, that
you just don't care.
As I sort of hinted at earlier, the plot isn't very realistic or enjoyable. It bills itself as a comedy, but isn't, as the definition of comedy is usually to be funny (which it nearly achieves at the climax, but not quite).
So, after absolutely no deliberation, I grant this film a failing grade, it's neither funny or entertaining. Other than a few good lines and well thought out performances from Donovan and Bullock, this movie serves as nothing but a bad career move for all involved
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