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Dopamine (2003)

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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:
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 USA:

$22,278, 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,278, 12 October 2003
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| (Sundance Channel Library Print) (dvd release)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the first films to use the Panasonic AJ-HDC27 Varicam Digital Cinema Camera. See more »


Johnson: [both ride bikes with a marathon] Hey, Sarah was looking for you last night.
Rand: She was?
Johnson: What's up with you two?
Rand: I'm not sure. It doesn't make an sense.
Johnson: What do you mean? Why do we have to make sense of everything?
Johnson: Yeah it's nice to know when some low pressure system pushes moisture laid in the air over a heated land mass and that we need a fucking umbrella to get to work
Johnson: Hey man, rain used to be with the gods of thunder cried.
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Written by Eric Holland
Performed by Anagram
0 to 1 Records 2002
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Great experience
29 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the unfolding of these characters, all of which have their own challenges.

The interplay between the programmers is especially witty. Bruno Campos is very funny and Grundy plays a great straight man.

Great visual portrayal of San Francisco.

Sarah has a genuineness about her that reflects reality, not stereotypes or cliches.

I look forward to future works by Decena and Breitbach and they continue to evolve as filmakers.

The Sundance process is one that needs to be supported and I hope to see the Sundance Film Series be a regular thing.

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