I.Q. (1994)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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A mechanic romances the mathematician niece of physicist Albert Einstein, with help from Einstein and his friends.


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3 January 2006 | UACW
One of Her Best?
I believe this will ultimately be regarded as one of Ryan's best, no matter where it stands today or no matter how badly it might have bombed at the box office.

Why? Because it's unabashedly everything her other 'cute' movies play at doing; because Tim Robbins is simply brilliant; because Einstein's friends are so good; because Tony S is nothing short of brilliant; and because Walter Matthau is perhaps the real star.

There are memorable quotes you will read about in this section, but they don't really work unless you see them being delivered.

This is only a romp, and it's only for fun, but it has a strong underlying message delivered by Matthau towards the end.

It's very well acted; and if you think Ryan's character is a bit unreal, fine: it is. But that's what you get for the price of admission.

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Trivia

Alan Arkin was nearly cast as Albert Einstein, but the producers opted for Matthau instead. A similar thing happened when Matthau and Arkin were cast in the Judge Kovistky role in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). The studio went for Matthau at first but when his demanded salary was too high they went after Arkin - who accepted the role for a lot less payment than Matthau. In the end, when the director decided to shift the judge's ethnicity (from Jewish to an African-American) to tone down the racist portrayal of characters of the film, neither of the actors got the role which went instead to Morgan Freeman, who end up receive a higher payment than Arkin was offered but lower than Matthau's salary.


Quotes

Catherine Boyd: I need to call a phone. Do you mind if I use your cab?
Ed Walters: There's a cab in the office.


Goofs

When Ed is describing to his fellow mechanics what it was like to fall in love with Catherine, he uses the phrase 'mind meld', which wasn't "invented" until Star Trek came along approximately 10 years later.


Crazy Credits

Several characters' names are given incorrectly in the credits; Stephen Fry's character is spelled "James Morland" without the E, Lou Jacobi's character Kurt Gödel is spelled with no umlaut over the O, and Tony Shalhoub's character is titled "Bob Watters," not Bob Rosetti as given throughout the film.


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ROSES FROM THE SOUTH
by
Johann Strauss
Performed by The Chicago Starlight Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
Courtesy of BMG Classics

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Comedy | Romance

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