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Love Potion No. 9 (Widescreen)

Tate Donovan , Sandra Bullock , Dale Launer    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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The premise of Love Potion #9--that a magic potion makes the user irresistible to the opposite sex--could be the setup for the crassest sex farce imaginable. Instead, this film is a surprisingly subtle romantic comedy. Nebbishy scientist Paul (Tate Donovan) goes to a Gypsy fortuneteller (Anne Bancroft), who tells him she sees no women in his entire life. To make up for this depressing news, she gives him a few drops of a love potion--number 8. Paul, a biochemist, scoffs; but when his pet cat accidentally gets a taste and attracts every female cat in the neighborhood, he enlists fellow dweeby scientist Diane (Sandra Bullock) to analyze it. After experimenting on monkeys, they decide to test it on themselves; soon Diane is being pursued by handsome Italians in the street and comes close to marrying the Prince of England, while Paul gets a little revenge on a woman who previously rejected him, then embarks on his own love spree. Shortly they discover that they really want each other; but before they can get married, an old boyfriend of Diane returns with his own dose of love potion number 8. Paul's only hope is to get something even more powerful. Love Potion #9 is genuinely clever and sweet, and both Donovan and Bullock work well with the low-key but effective humor of the movie's well-written script. It's a tribute to her talent and her girl-next-door looks that Bullock, unlike most pretty stars dressing down, is effective as both a lovelorn loser and the confident glamour-girl she becomes. Altogether, a charming and enjoyable film. --Bret Fetzer

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In this charming romantic comedy, a brilliant but lonely biochemist (Tate Donovan) gets a mysterious potion from a gypsy who guarantees it will turn his life around. After showing it to his co-worker (Sandra Bullock), a shy animal psychobiologist, they achieve amazing amorous results in a chimpanzee experiment. Now the only way to see if it works on humans is to test it on themselves.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An early Miss Congeniality. Jan. 28 2004
By Meesha
Back in 1992, two years before Sandra Bullock really hit the big time with 'Speed', this movie came along. And six years after 'Speed' a little movie gem, and also one of my favourite movies, 'Miss Congeniality' happened into the movie world. Now, Marc Lawrence, the director of 'Miss Congeniality' must have seen this movie. They are almost the exact same!
Sandra once again plays the geeky girl, with big eyebrows, huge black rimmed glasses (think Buddy Holly), no fashion sense, and no idea of how to apply makeup. (Sounds a bit like myself) And thanks to this magic potion, she just has to speak or even cough, and she's instantly irresistible to any guy near her. (I need some of this potion!) And of course, the more guys pay attention to her (lucky cow), the more confidence she gets, and her "inner beauty" just radiates out of her. She's instantly transformed. (Definitely need to get my hands on this potion)
Tate Donovan plays the male version of Sandra. The ultimate geek, and not a guy you would ever touch with a bargepole. He also wears glasses, has a very extreme side parting, bad clothes, infact bad everything. When he uses the potion, it's slower to let his, ahem, "inner beauty" radiate. He doesn't change that drastically, but instead of the makeup people gelling his hair flat to his skull in the morning, they let it bounce up into its natural curliness. His clothes don't drastically change.
If you've seen Miss Congeniality, and enjoyed it, you should see this one too. Sandra with all that gorgeous hair, and looking daft at some points, and ... Well, why exactly would you go see a movie with Tate Donovan?
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2.0 out of 5 stars The word that describes it best is .....strange Feb. 16 2002
Sure, I like Tate Donovan and I like Sandra Bullock, but the plot of this movie doesn't make sense to me and has a happy end that is way too plain. Sorry, but I don't recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It sounds like love Oct. 13 2007
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
The movie is the visualization of the popular song.

Paul Matthews (Tate Donovan) is not that popular with the ladies. He mostly concentrated on his work with primates. One day on a whim he is encouraged to seek a gypsy whom can tell his fortune. In the process she spots his deficiency and prescribes love potion number eight (only in diluted form). He become popular with the opposite sex and aggravated the same sex.

Naturally this discovery is too important to keep to him self; so he recruits a colleague, Diane Farrow (Sandra Bullock). After some monkeying around, the get down to scientific work, he in the girls dorm, she with the prince of England, Prince Geoffrey (Dylan Baker).

Soon they discover their true love but as with real life it gets complicated. Eventually this called for love potion number 9.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moving on to greener pastures. May 5 2004
By A Customer
Sandra Bullock has certainly moved on to better things. She is the only bright spark in this mishmash of a movie.
A story about a chemist (Tate Donovan) who goes to a gypsy with a group of friends (how many guys do that for a night out!?) and she gives him a potion which will make him irrisitable to women. He then gives some to his work mate (Bullock) who suddenly turns into a beauty after looking a complete dog (shades of Miss Congeniality).
This is when the movie dies on its feet. It seems to be badly edited with bits missing, Donovan is a bad actor, I'm not surprised he didn't get to become a huge star, unlike Bullock who holds the whole mess together (just). Dale Midkiff has a supporting role as Bullock's sometime boyfriend and does a good job. Ann Bancroft is the gypsy and overplays the role.
Worth looking at just to see Bullock in an early role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such A Sweet Romantic Comedy Jan. 11 2004
This movie is an absolute gem. Anyone is sure to fall in love with these two nerdy "unattractive" science geeks. Having practically nonexistant love lifes, these two nerds conduct an experiment with this "love potion no. 9", and find that it has phenomonal results. Of course, having these two nerds transform into gorgeous people has nothing to do with their success.
Watching Bullock and Donovan in their nerdy attire is hilarious. This is an awesome feel good comedy which will have you rooting for the right guy to get the girl. This is a great movie which you will not be disapointed with.
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