1994 PG 1h 35m DVD


1994 PG 1h 35m DVD
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When Catherine, the cerebral niece of scientific genius Albert Einstein, piques the interest of an average auto mechanic, Einstein concocts a plan to bring the two divergent minds together.
Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, Walter Matthau, Lou Jacobi, Gene Saks, Joseph Maher, Stephen Fry, Tony Shalhoub, Frank Whaley, Keene Curtis, Alice Playten, Charles Durning, Danny Zorn, Helen Hanft, Roger Berlind
Fred Schepisi
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that I.Q. is a cute, quirky 1950s-set romantic comedy starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and, as Albert Einstein, Walter Matthau. It's light and breezy, and there's hardly anything in the way of iffy content. You can expect a smattering of salty language ("shut up," "hell," and "jeez" are each said once), some kissing and embracing, and a bit of innuendo (a passing reference to "making love," a double-entendre joke about "premature ignition" in a car, and the like), but overall this is a tween-friendly story about learning to think with your heart as well as your head. Characters do deceive and manipulate others to achieve their ends, but their intentions are for the best, truth wins out in the end, and it's all quite lighthearted.

Sexual Content

Kissing/embracing. Some innuendo (brief references to "premature ignition" and "making love"). References to a natural phenomenon in Maui that feels like a million kisses on your skin and/or an enormous tongue licking your entire body. Catherine's fiance rebuffs her attempts to get physical during a dinner party. Some longing looks. A character is briefly referred to as "the chimp pimp." Atoms are described once as "sexy."


A man falls out of a tree (no injuries). Some fairly reckless-looking motorcycle riding, without helmets (not required during the movie's time period). A couple wrestles on the ground; a woman slaps a man on the face. The subjects of a time-deprivation experiment are loudly agitated. Talk of attaching electrodes to experimental mice's genitals.


Infrequent use of words including "shut up," "hell," and "jeez." Barely heard use of "bitch." Some name-calling ("troglodyte," "idiot," "rat man") and crude references ("how are they hanging?"). One use of a derogatory term ("dago").

Social Behavior

Ultimately a celebration of love, friendship, and learning to think with your heart, the movie also deals quite a bit in deception and manipulation (albeit done with the best of intentions). But characters feel bad about deceiving others and eventually come clean.


Car brands are mentioned by men who work at a garage. Vintage issues of magazines are shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult characters drink wine and beer with dinner and toast with champagne at a reception.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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