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Legendary scientist Albert Einstein (played here by Walter Matthau) takes a break from theoretical physics to try to set up his intellectual niece with a handsome auto mechanic in this romantic comedy. The movie's central conceit is that Einstein's brilliance extends to matters of the heart, allowing him to immediately sense that Ed Walters (Tim Robbins), a bright, lower-class mechanic obsessed with Popular Science Magazine, would be perfect for his niece Catherine (Meg Ryan). Unfortunately, Catherine is already engaged to a stiff Princeton man. In order to defeat Catherine's resistance, Uncle Albert decides to help Ed pretend to be a revolutionary scientist, a charade that inevitably leads to much farcical confusion. Einstein's scientist pals are portrayed as a Greek chorus of Catskills-style kibitzers, featuring such notable perfomers as Lou Jacobi as Kurt Godel and director Gene Saks as Boris Podolsky.
perfect movie a combination of intellect with romance and humour showing that those with the same interests but live on opposite ends of the stick can be happy. If you consider yourself an intellectual than this is definately the movie for you.brava
A movie that is...just plain good.
If you don't like this movie then there is someting wrong with you. This is a feel good movie of the best kind. It doesn't pull any punches, it doesn't expect you to think, it just lets you enjoy. I love the old men scientists, they make the movie. I have always loved Tim Robbins. Meg Ryan plays Meg Ryan and is suited to these types of roles which she does very well. It is a fantastic Sunday afternoon, curled on the couch with a bowl of popcorn moive that expects nothing more from you than to leave you with a smile. And it does!
The clothes, cars and homes of that era were terrific to see even if they were not the main idea. It was a far fetched story but fun. It's a good flick to sit back and not worry about.