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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.
Comedy / Romance
96 min
1994
PG
Paramount Pictures
English
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3.9
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46%
Cast & Crew
 
Fred Schepisi
Fred Schepisi
Director
Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
Ed Walters
Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
Catherine Boyd
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
Albert Einstein
Lou Jacobi
Lou Jacobi
Kurt Godel
Gene Saks
Gene Saks
Boris Podolsky
Joseph Maher
Joseph Maher
Nathan Liebknecht
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
James Moreland
Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
Bob Rosetti
Frank Whaley
Frank Whaley
Frank
Leo Leyden
Leo Leyden
Dinner Guest
Scotty Bloch
Scotty Bloch
Dinner Guest
Jeff Brooks
Jeff Brooks
Reporter
Keene Curtis
Keene Curtis
Eisenhower
Alice Drummond
Alice Drummond
Dinner guest
Charles Durning
Charles Durning
Louis Bamberger
Sol Frieder
Sol Frieder
Professor Loewenstein
Helen Hanft
Helen Hanft
Rose
Alice Playten
Alice Playten
Gretchen
Rex Robbins
Rex Robbins
Suit
Lewis J. Stadlen
Lewis J. Stadlen
Moderator
Daniel vonBargen
Daniel vonBargen
Secret service agent
Richard Woods
Richard Woods
Suit
Danny Zorn
Danny Zorn
Dennis
Timothy Jerome
Timothy Jerome
Academic
Carol Baum
Carol Baum
Producer
Andy Breckman
Andy Breckman
Screenwriter
Michael Leeson
Michael Leeson
Screenwriter