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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.
Fun, witty, and winning!
Tim Robbins and Walter Mathau are unbelievably charming in this cute romantic comedy. I don't watch many movies in this genre, and I watch even fewer multiple times. I own this one! How can you not fall in love with Tim when he's doing Marlon Brando impersonations?
Excellent cast. Well scripted.
Walter Matthau turns some of Einstein’s most famous one liners into a must-see romantic comedy. Tim Robbins is at his timid, amiable best, and Meg Ryan shines in a clumsy, self-discovery way. I love this movie and watch it every year.
What can I say…Magic.