IQ has some bright sparks

IQ is a chance to see Albert Einstein in a whole new light, playing Cupid for his niece Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) and mechanic Ed Walters (Tim Robbins).

IQ is a chance to see Albert Einstein in a whole new light, playing Cupid for his niece Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) and mechanic Ed Walters (Tim Robbins).

Despite the fact that Catherine is due to marry James Morland (Stephen Fry) — a scientist who likes performing sadistic experiments on animals — Ed falls in love with her and tries to persuade her that he is her Mr Right.

Einstein and some of his brainy buddies decide to give the fumbling Ed a helping hand by turning the mechanic into an expert on quantum mechanics.

Their attempts to convince Catherine go badly wrong and soon he’s presenting a paper on cold fusion to the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies.

News of Ed’s discovery reaches the White House and the President sees it as his key weapon in beating the Russians in the space race.

Not surprisingly the grand plan becomes derailed, but will Ed and Catherine’s growing love survive the fallout?

Meg Ryan’s toned down performance as Catherine seems to hit the right notes. Robbins never generates the kind of sympathy needed to get us rooting for him.

Walter Matthau brings a touch of humanity to the world’s brainiest human.

IQ isn’t going to set your world on fire, but there are enough bright sparks to make it worth watching.

Romance, PG. **

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