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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.

Director:

Mark Decena
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Livingston ... Rand
Sabrina Lloyd ... Sarah McCaulley
Bruno Campos ... Winston
Rueben Grundy ... Johnson
William Windom ... Tom - Rand's father
Nicole Wilder Nicole Wilder ... Machiko
Kathleen Antonia ... Tammy
Julian Diminyatz Julian Diminyatz ... Dave
Wanda McCaddon Wanda McCaddon ... Margie - Rand's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Breitbach Timothy Breitbach ... Mike the bartender
Emma Kanter Emma Kanter ... Bubble Girl
Ivan Kraljevic Ivan Kraljevic ... Sleazy Guy
Dennis Yen Dennis Yen ... Toru
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Допамин See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,278, 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,278, 12 October 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kontent Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Sundance Channel Library Print) (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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 »

Quotes

Rand: My question is, does the chemical make-up between two human mammals make up our personal involvement a moot point?
Sarah McCaulley: Of course, it's all chemical to start with. It's all just signals to communicate with these bodies we live in, but true love is incredible, all consuming.
Rand: No I totally agree with you, all consuming. BUt so is the lust, I mean is it possibly rooted in physiology rather then
[hand quotes]
Rand: our hearts?
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Soundtracks

N (Eli Janney Mix)
Written by Heinz Riegler, Anthony Hills, and Simon Lambert
Performed by Not From There
Kool Arrow Records 2001
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Really Enjoyed It
20 October 2003 | by hprevan2See all my reviews

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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