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Love Potion No. 9 (Widescreen) [Import]
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.
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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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?
And while the film is not on the level of "While You Were Sleeping" in terms of production quality, it is not that badly made. The story line has a number of genuine laughs and there are some clever scenes. There are two crude attempts at humor that don't really belong in it, but they are only minor distractions.
So to sum up, I hope that Bullock continues to work where her strength lies, in romantic comedies. I've seen her in serious roles and while she turns in a competent performance, her star really shines when she does light-hearted stuff.
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Very cute and funny movie. This potion supposedly turns anyone who takes it into someone who is very desireable and wanted by everything, man, woman, even animal and then the fun... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by terrachic
I think "Love Potion #9" is a cute little song, and I liked Sandra Bullock before. What should have added up to a nice little movie was definitely a zero. Read morePublished on June 25 2002 by Linda McDonnell
when you want something light. This romantic-comedy is a perfect fit. Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan keep a spark going in what could have been a dreary film. Read morePublished on May 3 2001 by Kim R. Tate