MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +2

In this imaginative romantic comedy, Meg Ryan plays Catherine, an attractive young woman who is a professional mathematician and the niece of Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau). She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her uncle and is engaged to marry a stuffy, British research psychologist (Stephen Fry). But she accidentally meets an auto mechanic, Ed Walters (Tim Robbins), and they fall in love at first sight, although Catherine doesn't recognize it right away. The comedy picks up when Einstein and three of his scientist cohorts subtly try to get Catherine to marry Ed because they think she will be happier with him. They devise a charade in which they make Ed appear to be a renowned physicist disguised as an auto mechanic. The talents of Ryan, Robbins and Matthau give I.Q. special appeal, but the story is very predictable and often contrived. Even so, those looking for a nonsensical but entertaining comedy will enjoy it.

A few suggestive, humorous innuendos and incidents are included to avoid a G rating. Ed describes an auto mechanical problem in veiled sexual terms, and Catherine playfully proposes sex to James in a comical scene. Even Einstein jokingly suggests "picking up some girls." But there is no actual sexual content, nudity or significantly objectionable language in the film. It suggests that true love is more important than similar backgrounds and education. Interestingly, when Einstein and his colleagues discuss the origin of the universe, they mention divine creation as a plausible explanation, and Einstein himself implies that heaven and God exist. When Ed is faced with a difficult exam, Einstein and his buddies secretly help him pass, implying that cheating is acceptable. However, it's just another vehicle for humor in their attempt to hide Ed's real identity. I.Q. offers pleasant, mostly decent entertainment that will appeal to teenagers and adults alike.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times - Mild 2, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Few times - Exclamatory

Violence: Twice - Mild (car crashes into oil rack; man held in locked room

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (innuendos referring to intercourse; woman proposes sex to man; man and woman wrestle on ground; man suggests picking up girls; kissing)

Drugs: Few times (beer and whiskey drinking)

Other: Divine creation, heaven and God referred to as plausible; cheating on exam shown as acceptable; true love considered important)

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Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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