Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dopamine (2003) [R] ***

Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd) is an artist and day-care teacher. Rand (John Livingston) is a software developer, a member of a team that has created an artificial intelligence graphics program. Sarah and Rand meet in the context of testing the program on her preschoolers. It's the classic situation of the right-brained, feeling artist trying to communicate with the left-brained, thinking engineer. Sarah talks about attraction in terms of her feelings, while Rand talks about attraction in terms of brain chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine.  Both of them recognize the possibilities, but both have been scarred by personal tragedy in the past.

This story bears a passing resemblance to Bed of Roses starring Mary Stuart Masterson and Christian Slater, but with the gender roles reversed. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave Dopamine 3.5 out of 4 stars and wrote: What's alluring is the way the characters played by John Livingston and Sabrina Lloyd savor each other, in between their troubles. Movies are too quick to interrupt romance with sex. Sarah and Rand fascinate us with their dance of dread and desire.

Labels: comedy, drama, romance
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 52/100
Tomatometer (critics=51, viewers=51)

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