Young Einstein (1988)
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Australian satirist Yahoo Serious writes, directs and stars in a zany reworking of the life of Albert Einstein. In this off-the-wall farce, Einstein (Serious) hails from Tasmania and, watching bubbles in a glass of beer, has a brilliant insight on how to split the beer atom. He leaves for the mainland with his profound discovery, romances Marie Curie and creates rock 'n' roll, which becomes his truly earth-shattering breakthrough.]]>
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I think that this movie should be required viewing for all physicists.
The scene with the cats in the pie is possibly the #1 or #2 absolute funniest scene in all of movie history, way up there with the best of the Marx Bros, Monty Python, early Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, etc.
The fantastic romance of young Einstein and young Marie Curie is one of the most memorable screen romances, up there with Bogie and Katherine Hepburn, Lara and Dr. Zhivago, Cleopatra and Antony, Stella and Stanley, Howard Stern and his wife, Linda Hamilton & the Terminator #2, even the one with Meg Ryan as Einstein's (Walter Matthau) daughter ...
Who cares if none of it ever happened in the real world? I'm sure that the real Albert would have fallen off his chair from laughing so hard, if he'd been alive to see this take on his fame and discoveries.
What stands out in this film the most is the choice of songs and how they are used in the film, which is quite exceptional. My favorite being the Icehouse rock anthem tribute to the land down under, "Great Southern Land". The scene it plays in could very well be a rock video, a la Midnight Oil or something. Music really carries this film a great distance from a plot that's not quite so well developed as it should be. Einstein using a guitar to defuse an atomic bomb at an exhibition in Paris, thereby electrocuting himself to cartoonish effect, is the only flaw in this movie for me.Read more ›
I first saw this movie when I was a teen--my parents picked it up at the video store and told me I had to watch it. Six years later, with a number of science classes under my belt, I'm enjoying it even more. If you're versed in scientific theory and history, or even if you're not, this film will shine. The theory itself is all fact, but for the twists, and is depicted in a truly understatedly brilliant manner. The mutated theories of the greatest scientists in the history of mankind are melded with Yahoo Serious's sense of slapstick comedy for a product that reaches through to all audiences. If you're looking for a smart, laugh-out-loud movie, I'd highly advise you get this a try.
This film is often considered to be terrible, as are Yahoo's other two movies. I believe that is because people don't understand Mr. Serious' sense of humor. His films are witty and satirical, and his comedy involves a fascinating blend of physical humor and intellectual jokes.
I think this movie is incredibly funny, and if you like it rent or buy Mr. Accident and Reckless Kelly. No, Yahoo's hair doesn't look like that all the time, and no, Einstein didn't invent 4/4 time. But see this film anyway.
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one of my favorite 'dumb' movies...up there with The Three Amigos...and quite possibly one of the best soundtrack ever, particularly if you are fond of Australian musicPublished 4 months ago by Alice R.
There is nothing not to love about this movie.
Even though it screws up all the science, rearranges history, and has the most ridiculous plot, it's impossible not to... Read more