Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1994. Paramount Pictures, Sandollar. Story by Andy Breckman, Screenplay by Andy Breckman, Michael Leeson. Cinematography by Ian Baker. Produced by Carol Baum, Fred Schepisi. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Stuart Wurtzel. Costume Design by Ruth Myers. Film Editing by Jill Bilcock.
You knew that he was one of the greatest minds whose thoughts were ever recorded in human history, but did you know that Albert Einstein was also a brilliant matchmaker? At least that’s the adorable premise of this comedy starring Tim Robbins as a Popular Science-reading mechanic who falls instantly in love with physics genius Meg Ryan upon first sight of her. He shows up at her doorstep in the hopes of asking her out, not caring that she’s engaged to egghead Stephen Fry, but instead her uncle Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) answers the call. Einstein and his three equally astute friends Kurt Godel, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Liebknecht take to Robbins right away and incorporate their questions about the universe into their desire to make this couple a reality. The film is never laugh-out-loud funny and its ending is weak, but Ryan and Robbins enjoy extremely pleasant chemistry, and the clean lines and bright colours constantly being spread across the beautiful widescreen image are a delight, right down to Ryan’s perfectly peroxided hair.