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Maybe I'm being too generous with the rating...but I just love this movie! I've seen it so many times, but every time I see it I fall in love with it all over again. It's just a simple romantic comedy, with nothing huge or monumentous that happens. But I'm a big romantic and this movie *is* romantic. I love Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins, and Walter Mathau is so funny. The scientists make me laugh so much...I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it. It's such a clean, good movie - and those are so rare now! My 20-year-old brother likes this movie, too, so it's not just a chick-flick. ;-) I recommend it if you need to laugh, or if you're just lonely and need to *watch* a romance, if you yourself can't participate in one. It's a good 'un!
I recently saw I.Q. and even though I'm not a romantic comedy type of
gal, I think that it was just a nice and sweet movie to watch. So many
movies in my opinion lack honesty. You know that feeling when you're
watching a movie and you just feel robbed because it's taking something
from the story and it was like the director just threw it together like
it was trash? The story between the scientists is a sweet and funny
one. How they stuck together and they tried to help Tim Robbins
character become smart. I liked the love story between Tim and Meg
because it was simple and brought up a good point when it comes to
love, "nothing is what it seems". I would recommend this for a Sunday
I just watched I. Q. again tonight and had forgotten how much I love this
movie. It is wonderfully entertaining and leaves you feeling that all is
right with the world. I love the allusions to Mozart all throughout from
the opening with "Einstein" playing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on the
violin to him humming Eine Kleine Nachtmusik during the IQ testing of the
Walters. I love that a woman is portrayed as intelligent and encouraged
have a career, an especially unique situation for the 1950's, the time in
which this movie is set. (I myself have been a teacher but stayed at home
to raise my children, so please don't think I am some staunch women's
libber.) It's wonderful how a man who is "only a grease monkey" is finally
seen to be just as important and worthy as Catherine's fiance, a clinical
behavioral researcher. The message to me is that we are not what we do,
who we are is defined by so much more - no labels. There are so many
gags and one-liners that are almost throwaways if you don't watch and
I did catch a few things in the movie that are not listed on the goofs page. In the scene when Ed Walters is to speak at symposium, there are 3 instruments (protractor, ruler, etc.) hanging on the right from the chalk ledge. In the next camera shot, there only 2. In the credits on our video, it lists Tony Shaloub's character as Bob Watters, not Bob Rosetti as he introduces himself in the movie and is listed here on Imdb.
I highly recommend this movie. It may be a piece of fluff in some estimations, but has lots more substance than many give it credit for. Not only that, what a great cast is assembled here. Watch it and enjoy!
Silly as silly can be, and yet funny and heartwarming at the same time. Meg Ryan was at her peak in this frothy throwback to the golden slapstick days of Hollywood. The "seven dwarves" concept (actually four elderly university professors, one of whom just happens to be Albert Einstein) works just as well here as it did in the two old Hollywood movies this film liberally lifts from. You know the films I mean: a gang moll moves in with a bunch of bachelor professors and falls in love with one of them while the others do everything they can to advance the romance. The first version starred Gary Cooper, if I am not mistaken, and the second, a musical remake, starred Danny Kaye. The climax of I.Q. features some hilarous pratfalls by Ryan and Tim Robbins(later copied in a Minnie Driver comedy), and is not to be missed.
Australian Fred Schepisi (A Cry in the Dark) directs this comedy/ romance
that is fun, relaxing, and set in the spring. You will laugh while
watching this movie. Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption, Dead Man Walking)
is an auto mechanic, Ed Walters, with a high IQ, which gets higher with the
help of Albert Einstein, Walter Matthau (Grumpy Old Men) and his academic
friends Nathan, Kurt and Boris. You can tell them by their preppie
Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail) is Catherine Boyd,
Einstein's niece who is a competent, but not so confident mathematician.
Perhaps it is because she is surrounded by all that genius. She thinks that
if she marries someone with a high I.Q. her kids will have a high I.Q. as
well, but she does not knows what she wants.
Between Tim Robbins cute smile and Meg's cuteness this is a refreshing
movie. I love sweet stories. People all ages should enjoy this
Catherine is engaged to the jerk James Moreland, who works in animal
behavior, but is very stuffy. This is a love a first sight type situation,
between the mechanic and the mathematician. Witty lines and subliminal
lines! The cinematography is nice. Princeton, New Jersey is beautiful in
With much help from all those brilliant men Catherine falls for Ed, without
knowing that he is an automobile mechanic.
Favorite Scenes: Ed taking a multiple choice test in front of a crowd with the help of Einstein, Nathan, Kurt, and Boris. Ed and Einstein riding on the motorcycle. Nathan, Kurt and Boris letting all the research animals free!
Favorite Quotes: Albert Einstein: "Don't let your brain interfere with your heart". Ed Walters: "When was the last time he said "Wahoo""? Catherine Boyd: "Well I'm sure I don't know". This is a refreshing movie, I recommend it. I have the tape and every once and awhile I will watch it again.
Bottom line - best romantic comedy ever. This movie accomplishes what
all great movies strive for: the creation of a world and time that we
want to re-visit and makes us glad to be part of the human race. When I
am blue, this movie lifts my spirit and makes me laugh (and that is
still true after many viewings - always fresh).
All of the actors are in top form. The characterizations are so dead on and the characters mesh so well together that you forget the actor (usually difficult to do with Matthau, Robbins and Ryan). The supporting cast is consistently brilliant: Fry ("agae", "a total pygmy package"!), Jacoby & Saks & Maher (the three theoretical physicists as "Greek chorus" - "but time doesn't exist"), Durning ("something we can launch from NJ"), Shalhoub & Whaley (Robbins' boss and co-worker at the service station), and Curits (Eisenhower - how many comedies have Eisenhower??).
Don't miss this overlooked treasure.
A genial romantic comedy, "I.Q" is a flirtatious piece of fluff in which an auto mechanic woos the educated daughter of ol' E=MC2 himself, Albert Einstein. No guffaw inducer, but very pleasant fare given a considerable boost by its cast, most notably Matthau who is very good indeed as Mr. Einstein.
This is one of my all time favorites. It is so simple and sweet - definitely a chick flick romantic comedy. I really like a film full of good quotes and this has it... one of my favorites is when Albert Einstein says to Ed Walters "Are you thinking what I'm thinking" and Ed says "Now what are the odds of that happening!" In my opinion, a film is fabulous if you can watch it again and again and get the same amount of enjoyment out of it, and with this one, you can!! I also really enjoyed Walter M.s way of portraying Einstein. I think all the characters fit together really well and the story flows nicely. There are so many times that I find myself smiling right along with the film and quoting my favorite lines as I watch it! I would recommend this movie to anyone who has a heart and enjoys a feel-good romantic comedy now and then!
Matthau is wonderful as Albert Einstein in this love story from Fred Schepsi. Car mechanic Robbins falls for quirky Ryan, with the help of the great Einstein and his cronies. It's a fun story idea and all the performances are well paced and delivered.
Fairly good romantic comedy in which I don't think I've ever seen Meg looking any cuter. All the players did a good job at keeping this a lively romp. Of course, in the real world no genius mathematician would even glance at some grease monkey, but that is why I love romantic comedies....one can just totally forget reality and have a good time. Nice film. Damn, Meg is a babe, eh?
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