Alchemy (I) (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 April 2005 (USA)
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Can an university computer scientist (Cavanagh) make a woman fall in love with his interactive computer before she succumbs to a well-known professor?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry (voice)
Mal Downey
Samantha Rose
Dr. Troy Rollins
Dave (as Will Horneff)
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Mal is a New York computer scientist about to lose his university job. He posits that a woman can fall in love with a responsive computer program as easily as with a real man. He finds a subject for the experiment, not telling her what's actually going on. She's Samantha, an actress, and a he finds a rival who calls himself Dr. Love. A women's magazine wants to report the story, but its editor changes the game, insisting that Mal dress up like "Jerry," the personality the computer creates, wear an earpiece, and spout the computer's words. Samantha plays along until her feelings for both "Jerry" and Dr. Love get serious. What's a scientist to do when his hypotheses goes awry? Written by <>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Love Is...  »

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Did You Know?


The opening of the film shows a group of students interacting with the computer, and one girl laughs when the computer says, "The Aristocrats!" That is the punch line to a famous, dirty joke that reportedly was Johnny Carson's favorite joke and was the subject of the Penn Jillette documentary The Aristocrats (2005). See more »

Crazy Credits

The disclaimer at the end of the film reads: "The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred. Except Father Bogoliobov, who's available for weddings, communions, and bar mitzvahs." See more »


References Electric Dreams (1984) See more »

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Cute, funny movie
16 November 2005 | by (Staten Island, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

Just returned from the Annapolis Film Festival and I came here to comment on ALCHEMY, the opening night film that seemed to go over really well at the Festival. As I got to IMDb, I was surprised to see so many bad reviews, however, I think most people judge things much too harshly these days. After all, this is a romantic comedy, not exactly a genre meant to break new ground in film. But rather, one that is purely meant to entertain.

And, IMHO, this film does just that. It entertains. It's a cute, funny movie, and worth seeing. Heck, it's worth seeing if only for the performance of Sarah Chalke, who brought a realism and believability to the romance. See the film, and you WILL know what I mean.

So often, in lower budget films the acting can be a major weakness, but here, it's a major strength. And in my opinion, none was better than Chalke, who I couldn't quite place where I recognized her from. There was a Q&A afterward, and the director reminded me that Miss Chalke is on SCRUBS. Overall, I really enjoyed this romantic comedy, so much so, that I will be looking for it again on ABC Family Channel.

After all, it does what it's supposed to do: entertain the viewer!

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