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Alchemy (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 25 April 2005 (USA)
Can an university computer scientist (Cavanagh) make a woman fall in love with his interactive computer before she succumbs to a well-known professor?

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Evan Oppenheimer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ian Black ... Jerry (voice)
Tom Cavanagh ... Mal Downey
Sarah Chalke ... Samantha Rose
James Barbour ... Dr. Troy Rollins
Illeana Douglas ... KJ
Nadia Dajani ... Jane
Logan Marshall-Green ... Martin
Wil Horneff ... Dave (as Will Horneff)
Celeste Holm ... Iris
Shannon McGinnis Shannon McGinnis ... Barbara
Anna Belknap ... Marissa
Tovah Feldshuh ... Senior Editor
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Belladonna Editor
Susan Misner ... Associate Editor
Erik Palladino ... Groom
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Storyline

Mal is a New York computer scientist about to lose his university job. He posits that a woman can fall in love with a responsive computer program as easily as with a real man. He finds a subject for the experiment, not telling her what's actually going on. She's Samantha, an actress, and a he finds a rival who calls himself Dr. Love. A women's magazine wants to report the story, but its editor changes the game, insisting that Mal dress up like "Jerry," the personality the computer creates, wear an earpiece, and spout the computer's words. Samantha plays along until her feelings for both "Jerry" and Dr. Love get serious. What's a scientist to do when his hypotheses goes awry? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is... See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The opening of the film shows a group of students interacting with the computer, and one girl laughs when the computer says, "The Aristocrats!" That is the punch line to a famous, dirty joke that reportedly was Johnny Carson's favorite joke and was the subject of the Penn Jillette documentary The Aristocrats (2005). See more »

Crazy Credits

The disclaimer at the end of the film reads: "The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons, places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred. Except Father Bogoliobov, who's available for weddings, communions, and bar mitzvahs." See more »

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References Electric Dreams (1984) See more »

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Breezy fun
25 April 2006 | by scinatfilmSee all my reviews

I have to say up front that I'm a big fan of both Tom Cavanagh and Sarah Chalke, but I hadn't heard of this film until I ran across it in the Indy film section my local video store.

This was a delightful film. So many recent romantic comedies that I've seen are so completely lifeless - the cast doesn't seem to be having fun with each other. The exact opposite is true here.

The two leads are at the top of their game, and though the script is a tad formulaic, the acting more than makes up for it. Tom Cavanagh has the approach of a Jimmy Stewart or a Tom Hanks. And Sarah Chalke has the kooky klutziness of a Doris Day or a Kate Hepburn. Well, maybe that's overstating it a bit, but give this film another 40 or 50 years, and I'm betting it will be remembered fondly.

Great supporting cast too, they really gave the film some weight. Here's to independent comedies. Definitely worth a viewing


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