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Dopamine (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  23 January 2003 (USA)
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A San Franciscan computer programmer falls in love with one his creations in the days after the dot.com boom.

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Sarah McCaulley
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Winston
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Johnson
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Tammy
Nicole Wilder ...
Machiko
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Moving man
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Mike the bartender
Ivan Kraljevic ...
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Marcus J. Oliver ...
Richard
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Dennis Yen ...
Toru
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Rand, Winston, and Johnson have a small tech startup company in the Bay Area that's developing a artificially-lived computer character, Koy Koy the bird, who can hear and see and interact with the user. Koy Koy gets placed in a kids schoolroom for testing, and Rand develops a relationship with one of the teachers, Sarah. Rand learns that his scientific understanding of human mating isn't necessarily a roadmap for the real thing. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Rated R for language, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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23 January 2003 (USA)  »

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$22,278 (USA) (10 October 2003)

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$22,278 (USA) (10 October 2003)
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Sarah McCaulley: [speaking into monitor] I've been thinking a lot about what you said. And I need to find Sam, just to see her from a distance to see if she's okay.
Sarah McCaulley: Your Mom loves you, still does and always will. Maybe love is all chemical, maybe it's also "We'll keep the species going." But I think whoever or whatever planned it that way, must have known what love felt like.
Sarah McCaulley: That's a good enough reason.
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Written by Alejandro DeOnis
Performed by Alejandro DeOnis and Jeff Knutsen
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A sweet exploration of the questions of love in the scientifically aware post-modern era.

I saw Dopamine at Sundance and I loved it. It was the first movie, to my knowlege that delved into how all humans are chemically programmed from birth, and how awareness of this can take the magic out of life and of love. The question is: Can we overcome our programming. Should we even try? The pitfall for this kind of topic, is usually the story gets bogged down with details and science, but that is not the case here. The characters are all extremely believable. You care for them and they make you laugh as well. Mark Decena did a wonderful job of creating a very good cast to deal with the script and the production value is very good. I was really blown away by the use of the High Definition video format because it looked beautiful. There are no explosions, no huge crane shots, just a tight, unique story that poses new questions about a classic topic, love. Ryan


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