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A mechanic romances the mathematician niece of physicist Albert Einstein, with help from Einstein and his friends.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Andy Breckman (story), Andy Breckman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Ed Walters
Meg Ryan ... Catherine Boyd
Walter Matthau ... Albert Einstein
Lou Jacobi ... Kurt Gödel
Gene Saks ... Boris Podolsky
Joseph Maher ... Nathan Liebknecht
Stephen Fry ... James Moreland
Tony Shalhoub ... Bob Rosetti
Frank Whaley ... Frank
Charles Durning ... Louis Bamberger
Keene Curtis ... Eisenhower
Alice Playten ... Gretchen
Danny Zorn Danny Zorn ... Dennis
Helen Hanft ... Rose
Roger Berlind Roger Berlind ... Duncan
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Storyline

Edward Walters, an auto mechanic, falls for the intelligent and beautiful Catherine Boyd. It is love at first sight. There is however a problem, she's engaged to jerk James Moreland. Fortunately, Catherine's uncle likes Ed, and with his friends they scheme to make Catherine fall for Ed. The comedy in this movie stems from the fact that Catherine's uncle is none other than Albert Einstein, who's portrayed as a fun loving genius, as are his mischievous colleagues, Nathan, Kurt and Boris. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

With Einstein as Cupid what could possibly go wrong? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fórmula para amar See more »

Filming Locations:

Cranbury, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,372,663
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lou Jacobi's last feature film. See more »

Goofs

Catherine writes "Question Everything" on the blackboard and the "y" and the "g" change three times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Albert Einstein: If you had had a nickel for every nickel that he has, you would have a lot of nickels.
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Crazy Credits

Several characters' names are given incorrectly in the credits; Stephen Fry's character is spelled "James Morland" without the E, Lou Jacobi's character Kurt Gödel is spelled with no umlaut over the O, and Tony Shalhoub's character is titled "Bob Watters," not Bob Rosetti as given throughout the film. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Wild One (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

SH-BOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM)
by James Keyes, Carl Feaster, Floyd McRae, Claude Feaster & James Edwards
Performed by The Crew Cuts
Courtesy of PolyGram Markets
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One of Her Best?
3 January 2006 | by UACWSee all my reviews

I believe this will ultimately be regarded as one of Ryan's best, no matter where it stands today or no matter how badly it might have bombed at the box office.

Why? Because it's unabashedly everything her other 'cute' movies play at doing; because Tim Robbins is simply brilliant; because Einstein's friends are so good; because Tony S is nothing short of brilliant; and because Walter Matthau is perhaps the real star.

There are memorable quotes you will read about in this section, but they don't really work unless you see them being delivered.

This is only a romp, and it's only for fun, but it has a strong underlying message delivered by Matthau towards the end.

It's very well acted; and if you think Ryan's character is a bit unreal, fine: it is. But that's what you get for the price of admission.


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