Synopsis: Edward Walters, an auto mechanic, falls for the intelligent and beautiful Catherine Boyd. It is love at first sight. There is however a problem, she's engaged to jerk James Moreland. Fortunately, Catherine's uncle likes Ed, and with his friends they scheme to make Catherine fall for Ed. The comedy in this movie stems from the fact that Catherine's uncle is none other than Albert Einstein, who's portrayed as a fun loving genius, as are his mischievous colleagues, Nathan, Kurt and Boris.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Fred Schepisi
Production: Paramount Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

First, you should find out what

is the essential nature of the universe.

Is the universe an inherently

irrational place, random and chaotic?

Chipmunk, your spoon.

Your spoon, it's on the floor.

- Are you ready to order?

- Yes, the usual, please.

No, I'll have a cup of coffee

and a corn muffin, please.

Darling, that is your usual.

- Well, I'll have that, then, thank you.

- OK.

- Aha!

- What?

It loses 11,000 molecules

per square centimetre, per second.

- What does?

- The comet.

Now, which one of these

do you like best?

- Is this a personality test?

- It's a sort of surprise.

- They're all the same.

- No, look...

That's aquamarine,

that's blue-green and that's algae.

At the atomic level,

there's no such thing as colour.

Though they did do that study

in Belgium, or was it Denmark...

- Babbling.

- Babbling!

The point was... What was the point?

Since protons are so much smaller

than light waves...

Algae, thank you.

Since protons are smaller

than light waves,

how could they ever see it to begin with?

Oh, James!

Or is there a fundamental order

underlying all things?

Hey, Captain Marvel. Shazam!

Thanks. I was just reading

about Boyd's Comet.

- Boyd's what?

- Comet, like in the sky.

It's gonna be here soon.

We'll be able to see it.

Know why a comet's tail

always points away from the sun?

- Wanna know?

- No.

It's not a tail at all.

It's bits of gas that the sun lights up.

We earthlings

will keep that in mind.

Kinda like a 500-mile-long Jersey torch.


It must be true!

The fact remains that certain events

are strictly accidental.

What fact?

Oh, my! Look at the time.

No problem.

It's because it's spring. Everything

goes through upheaval in the spring.

Come on, you little b*tch!

- Sounds like business.

- MG TF Roadster.

- Austin Healey.

- Cadillac Coupe.

- Buck.

- You're on.

- Intake valve.

- Distributor cap.

Busted muffler.

Are we all victims

of some comic cosmic accident,

or is there a grand design?

Oh, what luck!

- TC Roadster.

- That's a TF.

Looks like a couple of college swells.

You handle them, Ed.

Hi. What seems to be the problem?

Do you deal with British automobiles?

I don't want anyone just poking around

with a sharp stick.

All right if I look under the bonnet?

Well, at least he called it a bonnet.

So, that's the engine, huh?

I think we ought to go somewhere else.

- Intake valve, I'm telling you.

- Busted muffler.

That's your problem.

- You got no spark.

- What?

- You have no spark.

- Yes, I heard him.

But what does it mean?

Is it the generator, the coil?

It's hard to say. You have a Lucas type

four generator on a 12-volt system.

The British would rather

glue wood onto a dashboard

than get the electrical system right.


But what is wrong with the car?

My guess is that your stroke is too short

and you're getting premature ignition.

- Does it ever feel that way?

- Like what?

Like the stroke is too short

and you're getting premature ignition.

I'm sure I don't know what you mean.

Could you fix it temporarily?

We're behind schedule.

I'll check with my boss. Don't go away.

- He seems nice enough.

- He's a troglodyte!

- Intake valve?

- Busted muffler?

- I'm gonna marry her.

- Who, the dame? That was fast.

- The car?

- Distributor cap.

I looked at her, she looked at me and...

It happened. You could feel it.

- Like death, but in a good way.

- He's screwy.

Pop! Pop, pop, pop! It was electric!

And then... Then I kissed her.

- You kissed a customer? When?

- In the future.

It was weird, like time and space

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Andy Breckman

Andrew Ross "Andy" Breckman (born March 3, 1955) is an American television and film writer and a radio personality on WFMU. He is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series Monk on the USA Network, and is co-host of WFMU radio's long-running conceptual comedy program Seven Second Delay. He has written screenplays for a number of comedy films including Sgt. Bilko (starring Steve Martin) and Rat Race (directed by Jerry Zucker), and is frequently hired as a "script doctor" to inject humorous content into scripts written by other screenwriters. His production bio at USA Network says, "He has trouble making friends." more…

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