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Dopamine (2003)

A San Franciscan computer programmer falls in love with a schoolteacher in the days after the dot.com boom.


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Credited cast:
Sarah McCaulley
Tom - Rand's father
Nicole Wilder ...
Julian Diminyatz ...
Wanda McCaddon ...
Margie - Rand's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Breitbach ...
Mike the bartender
Emma Kanter ...
Bubble Girl
Ivan Kraljevic ...
Sleazy Guy
Dennis Yen ...


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Допамин  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


| (Sundance Channel Library Print) (dvd release)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the first films to use the Panasonic AJ-HDC27 Varicam Digital Cinema Camera. See more »


Rand: No one will ever live up to what you and Sam had.
Sarah McCaulley: Why?
Rand: I think you're judging people on the wrong scale.
Sarah McCaulley: Why can't it be like that?
Rand: [ponders] ... you're only born perfect?
Sarah McCaulley: ...and it's all downhill from there. Why me Rand?
Rand: What do you mean?
Rand: Why am I not some chemical reaction that will run out on you one day, what makes me special?
Sarah McCaulley: I don't know.
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Written by Eric Holland
Performed by Anagram
0 to 1 Records 2002
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Really Enjoyed It

It's a wonderful movie. The premise is clever. All of the acting is well done. The character, Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd) really caries this movie, as Rand (John Livingston) is a likable underdog type that you instantly root for, but Sarah, while likable, has a darker side and if the audience doesn't care about her then the movie falls apart. A less charismatic and talented actress could not have pulled this part off, but Sabrina Lloyd seems to handle it with a natural charm that makes it look easy. I have no doubt that she will have many opportunities thrown her way based upon her work here.

This is a great movie, however a few minor details could have made it better. At just over 80 minutes, they really could have filled out the movie a little more. I can't help but feel that there is a lot of story left untold and some of the scenes feel a little disjointed. With it being an independent feature, I'm sure a lot of this has to do with budget and time (trying to get into Sundance.) I also would have enjoyed a few more light moments between characters.

I think one of the reasons some people haven't taken to it is the mistaken idea that it is a romantic comedy. It really isn't. There are a few light moments (don't know if I would even call them comedic moments), but this is definitely a drama. The issues and material are serious, so anyone waiting for Sandra Bullock type goofiness, Meg Ryan over sentiment or Three's Company sexual innuendo miscommunication are going to be disappointed.

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