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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:

Think Love. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Meg Ryan and Walter Matthau also starred together in Hanging Up where he played her Father.(2000) See more »

Goofs

When Meg Ryan's character is in Louis Bamberger's office, Louis plays a Spike Jones stereo recording on an Emerson Multiplex High Fidelity Stereo Console. This stereo console did not exist at the time that the movie was set (March and April 1955). The first commercial stereo record was not sold until 1958. The movie actually shows an RCA 78 RPM Mono record, not a stereo 33 1/3 RPM LP record. See more »

Quotes

Albert Einstein: Are you thinking what I am thinking?
Ed Walters: Well what would be the odds of that happening?
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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

Referenced in Game k n b?: Episode dated 3 March 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

TUTTI FRUTTI
by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman), Joe Lubin & Dorothy La Bostrie
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Specialty Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Fantasy, Inc.
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Between Tim Robbins cute smile and Meg's cuteness this is a refreshing and adorable movie!
30 May 1999 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

Australian Fred Schepisi (A Cry in the Dark) directs this comedy/ romance that is fun, relaxing, and set in the spring. You will laugh while watching this movie. Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption, Dead Man Walking) is an auto mechanic, Ed Walters, with a high IQ, which gets higher with the help of Albert Einstein, Walter Matthau (Grumpy Old Men) and his academic friends Nathan, Kurt and Boris. You can tell them by their preppie shoes. Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail) is Catherine Boyd, Einstein's niece who is a competent, but not so confident mathematician. Perhaps it is because she is surrounded by all that genius. She thinks that if she marries someone with a high I.Q. her kids will have a high I.Q. as well, but she does not knows what she wants. Between Tim Robbins cute smile and Meg's cuteness this is a refreshing movie. I love sweet stories. People all ages should enjoy this movie. Catherine is engaged to the jerk James Moreland, who works in animal behavior, but is very stuffy. This is a love a first sight type situation, between the mechanic and the mathematician. Witty lines and subliminal lines! The cinematography is nice. Princeton, New Jersey is beautiful in the Spring. With much help from all those brilliant men Catherine falls for Ed, without knowing that he is an automobile mechanic.

Favorite Scenes: Ed taking a multiple choice test in front of a crowd with the help of Einstein, Nathan, Kurt, and Boris. Ed and Einstein riding on the motorcycle. Nathan, Kurt and Boris letting all the research animals free!

Favorite Quotes: Albert Einstein: "Don't let your brain interfere with your heart". Ed Walters: "When was the last time he said "Wahoo""? Catherine Boyd: "Well I'm sure I don't know". This is a refreshing movie, I recommend it. I have the tape and every once and awhile I will watch it again.


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