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I.Q. (Bilingual)

Tim Robbins , Meg Ryan , Fred Schepisi    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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I.Q. has all the elements of a classic romantic comedy. Certainly Meg Ryan has demonstrated she has the stuff for funny love with films such as When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle, and director Fred Schepisi's Roxanne ranks among top contemporary romantic comedies. Even though Tim Robbins received acclaim for dramatic work in Jacob's Ladder and The Shawshank Redemption, his early comedic work shouldn't be forgotten (well, maybe Howard the Duck, but not the hilarious Sure Thing). And Walter Matthau? No explanation needed.

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wahoo:) April 17 2002
Format:VHS Tape
As usual with all movies with " The Tim" I rate this with 5 stars. I love this movie almost as much as " Hudsucker Proxy.
The story is boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl and
girl's uncle tries anyway he can to throw them together. ( This
helps that the uncle is Albert Einstein) Just a great clean
flick. I loved it. Tim looks so young, innocent and wide-eyed. These are my favorite roles for him. My husband likes him as
a bad guy:) A good movie to watch with someone you love.
Especially for us Tim fans--wahoo---what a cutie:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant romantic comedy Nov. 18 2003
Now this is how to do the genre!
This is brilliantly funny, poignant and tender, but never insipid (the director is Australia...so insipidness is definitely out) movie. Matthau is truly fantastic as Einstein, as are his three sidekicks (especially Godel! and the tree that likes to eat their stuff!) as they try to manuever the two leads together and remove the Lesser Professor, a.k.a the rat man, Chimp Pimp, etc from the picture: the stuffy english fiance of Meg Ryan's Character, played perfectly by Stephen Frey. Of course the Lesser Professor is trying to hang on to Meg Ryan's character and expose Tim Robbin's character as a fraud because of his new found friendhsip with Einstein and the secret paper they're working on so Tim Robbin's character can impress Meg Ryan's charater with 'his genius' because that is what she looks for in a man- a genetic hope of making genius children so she, lacking in her own confidence, can achieve through her children. MEg Ryan's character is Eistein's neice.
I can't understand how Matthau didn't get a best supporting actor nomination for this movie! He is so good, as is all the cast: they fit perfectly, especially the 'four boys'.
The story is fairly linear but well paced. It does deal with a lesser theme of self belief, being yourself, and sexual equality and that brilliant men can be have brilliant women as their equal, or betters. The main theme is not letting the brain rule the heart too much, and to be happy. And that some things-love- defy science!
I can't think of any movie like this one. Its unique, clever, witty and subtle at times (especially the humor: Einstein on a motorbike going wah-hoo...very cool!). So if you like your movies sophisticated, wholesome, honest, stylish and not contrived then you defintely want to see this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely movie, barebones DVD Sept. 18 2003
I've always quite loved this movie. All the main actors shine and create believable nutty characters. The plot, while given an Einstein twist, is pretty standard charming romantic comedy fare.
The DVD solely features a widescreen Dolby 5.1 version of the film, and doesn't even bother including a theatrical trailer. It's not a cult hit, so it's not terribly unexpected that great love wasn't lavished upon the DVD production. My one complaint would be that the video transfer was evidently done from a used print. This is particularly evident during the title cards, where the primary colors used for the background show fairly clearly the various flecks of dirt or hair that you'd expect to see on a film print. This is not the end of the world, and I am overjoyed to have this movie on DVD. But the video transfer would have been fantastic (it really is sharp) without these occasional dirty print issues.
All in all, I'm glad to add this movie to my DVD collection, and I would happily recommend this movie to anyone else interested in romantic comedies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I.Q." has fake but witty i.q. Dec 22 2000
By jao
Format:VHS Tape
"I.Q." pits Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan in a fun and witty romantic comedy that is actually pretty good. Catherine (Meg Ryan) is already engaged to a scientist that is smart just like she is. She shows up at Ed's (Tim Robbins) mechanic shop after the car she's riding in has a problem. Ed falls in love with her instantly, but there's one problem, Catherine loves with her brain, not her heart, so she wouldn't ever give a normal everyday guy like Ed a chance. However, there is hope for Ed because Catherine is the niece of Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) and Mr. Einstein wants Catherine to go out with Ed instead of the guy that she is engaged to. Soon Albert and his colleagues help Ed get to Catherine by turning him into a seem to be genius even though he's not a genius.
"I.Q." is witty and it's a good movie to watch. It's plot is interesting and the acting isn't bad either. My only complaint is that it wasn't as funny as I was expecting it to be. Parts of it are funny such as when Albert Einstein and his colleagues help Ed answer some multiple choice questions, but it could've been funnier since it had Walter Matthau and Tim Robbins as two of its main stars. But it's still a good movie and I do recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Is, Like, Jivin'! Aug. 3 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have to confess.....I love this movie. I think I've watched it over 300 times, and I'll probably watch it another 300.
Say what you want to about Meg Ryan being too cute, about the plot being predictable, whatever. I think it's just....jivin'. It's a neat love story, about the actions of boy meets girl, fate and love, and Albert Einstien's convertible. Throw in a comet and a few wacky physicists, well, it's just pure fun. I wish to heck I could find the score somewhere; the blend of do-wap and Mozart is as much fun as the movie itself.
I'm prejudiced because Tim Robbins is my favorite actor, but all the acting in this goofy, off the wall film is top-notch. Though it's not one of the late Walter Matthau's most famous roles, I personally think it's one of his best, and I can't think of anyone better to play the eccentric Albert Einstien.
One of the most beautiful things about this film is the accuracy of the set and costumes. Not just Meg Ryan's picture-perfect 50's dresses, but the buildings and vehicles, and especially the heavily wood-panelled bungalows favored by the rich during the late 50's; they're so time-perfect you can almost smell the Lemon Pledge.
Incedentally...look for one of the funniest performances in one of the experiments by Meg Ryan's movie fiance, "Excremental Psychologist" James Moreland. I'm not sure who the actor is, but in the background of his lab is a student driven psychotic by a "time depravation experiment", and his physical humor and antics are about a thousand times better than anything from SNL in the past decade.
By the by, this makes a perfect date movie, and is mild enough for kids...but still fun for adults. It's just all around terrific, and a great buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SILLY, BUT CHARMING
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 more
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise! A good Movie
I caught this flick on cable TV one day and was left feeling I watched a good-hearted romantic comedy. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003 by greverio
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't explain it...
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
4.0 out of 5 stars cute
this is a cute and funny movie and meg ryan and tim robbins are good in it
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by "chris1223"
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
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 more
Published on Dec 29 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Genius or Dumb Blonde? You Decide!
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 more
Published on April 26 2002 by Michael Mathena
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best attempt to revive screwball comedy lately
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 more
Published on Nov. 1 2001 by J. N. Valente
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome
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 more
Published on Aug. 5 2001 by Carsten Bechmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Wahoo
Maybe God does not play dice with the universe. However Catherine's uncle, Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) does. And the results are hilarious. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2000 by bernie
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