I.Q. (film)

I.Q. (film)

Infobox Film
name = I.Q.

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caption = Greg Parker
director = Fred Schepisi
producer = Carol Baum
writer = Andy Breckman
starring = Tim Robbins Meg Ryan Walter Matthau
music = Jerry Goldsmith Danny Michael
cinematography = Ian Baker
editing = Jill Bilcock
distributor = Paramount Pictures
released = December 25, 1994
runtime = 100 min.
country = U.S.A.
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:133563
imdb_id = 0110099

"I.Q." is a 1994 romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau.

Plot details

Tim Robbins is an amiable garage mechanic named Ed who finds Meg Ryan's character, Catherine Boyd, a beautiful and intelligent Princeton University mathematics doctoral candidate, as she comes into the garage (accompanied by her stiff and fussy English fiancé, an experimental psychology professor, played by Stephen Fry). There is an immediate connection, but she refuses to acknowledge it. Finding a watch she left at the garage, Ed travels to her address and finds himself face to face with Albert Einstein (played by Walter Matthau), who is Catherine's uncle. Albert, portrayed as a fun loving genius along with his mischievous friends Nathan , Kurt, and Boris, sees in Ed someone who would be better suited for Catherine, and the four of them attempt to help Ed look and sound more like a scientist (i.e., a "wunderkind" in physics), while at the same time trying to convince Catherine that life is not all about the mind but about the heart as well. This is intended to be Einstein's most enduring legacy to his niece as he realizes that he'll not be available for her for very much longer. Catherine eventually sees through the ruse but ends up falling for Ed anyway. The very last image in the movie is of a smiling Albert Einstein using a small telescope to spy on the two young moonstruck lovers as they take delight in each other's company.

Tagline: Think Love.

Dramatic alterations

For dramatic reasons, "I.Q.." fictionalizes several real people. Albert Einstein did not have a niece by the name of Catherine Boyd. Kurt Gödel was famously shy and introverted, unlike his fictional counterpart in this film. The movie gives the impression that Einstein and his friends were all around the same age, when in fact, they were between 17 and 30 years younger than Einstein. The real life Louis Bamberger died in 1944, before the movie's time period.

Cast and roles include

* Tim Robbins - Ed Walters
* Meg Ryan - Catherine Boyd
* Walter Matthau - Albert Einstein
* Lou Jacobi - Kurt Gödel
* Gene Saks - Boris Podolsky
* Joseph Maher - Nathan Liebknecht
* Stephen Fry - James Moreland
* Tony Shalhoub - Bob Rosetti
* Frank Whaley - Frank
* Charles Durning - Louis Bamberger
* Keene Curtis - Eisenhower

External links

*imdb title|id=0110099|title=I.Q.
*amg title|id=1:133563|title=I.Q.
* [http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/i/iq-script-transcript-albert-einstein.html I.Q. Film Script - Dialogue Transcript]


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