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Combine I.Q.'s talent with its fresh story and it charms. Garage mechanic Ed Walters (Robbins) is captivated at first glimpse by pretty, perky Catherine (Ryan), a gifted academic who lives with her uncle, Albert Einstein (a brilliant Matthau). Catherine is engaged to pretentious James Moreland (the oh-so-appropriate English actor and writer Stephen Fry). Catherine's early 1950s world is all bookish and brainy, even though she has aspirations toward the romantic (Moreland's idea of a honeymoon is the Belgian Congo with Pygmies; she longs for Hawaii). Einstein and his professor pals, played by Lou Jacobi, Gene Saks, and Joseph Maher, conspire to match their beloved Catherine with the sincere and smart (though not intellectual) Ed.
This is a sweet--but not saccharine--story about "engineering" the course of true love and the ironic triumph of heart over head. The topnotch performances (which also include Tony Shalhoub and Frank Whaley as fellow mechanics) really draw audiences into this winning movie. --N.F. Mendoza
Apart from a quote I love ("I'd rather be an optimist and a fool, than a pessimist and always right") the movie is also a relatively intelligent feel-good romantic... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
I caught this flick on cable TV one day and was left feeling I watched a good-hearted romantic comedy. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2003 by greverio
I don't know what it is. just a great romantic movie. I love meg ryan as an actress, and I love romantic comedies. A perfect combination! Highly reccommend.Published on Feb. 13 2003 by erin
this is a cute and funny movie and meg ryan and tim robbins are good in itPublished on Jan. 16 2003 by "chris1223"
I saw this movie many years ago and it just kind of stuck with me. I thought this was one of the best romantic comedies I have ever seen. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2002
Likable story of Albert Einstein (convincingly played by the late Walter Matthau) playing "Cupid" for his beautiful young niece (the ever sweet Meg Ryan) and a car... Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by Michael Mathena
Meg Ryan meets Tim Robbins and Einstein plays the matchmaker, abhorring the all so straight and boring professor played by the never than excellent Stephen Fry. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by J. N. Valente
I've seen this movie quite alot now, and I enjoy every single time. Maby it's because I've always found Meg Ryan's smile to be the best in hollywood...That's one reason for it. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001 by Carsten Bechmann