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I.Q. Review

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OK for kids 10+

Breezy, quirky romcom is predictable but sweet.

What Parents Need to Know

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.

  • Families can talk about whether the ends ever justify the means. Is it OK that Ed and Einstein deceive Catherine (and, by extension, the rest of the country) to make Ed more attractive to her? Is something that wouldn't be OK in real life acceptable in a movie? Why, or why not?
  • How accurately do you think I.Q. depicts Einstein's life and relationships? How could you find out more about this part of his life?
  • Can you choose whom you love? Parents, talk to your kids about your own values regarding love and relationships.

The good stuff
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    Messages: 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.

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    Role models: Catherine is a smart female character who sometimes doubts her ability to achieve her own successes but is loved and supported by most of those around her. Ed is an unabashed romantic who's led somewhat astray in the pursuit of love, but he has positive intentions and never wants to hurt anyone. Einstein and his buddies are portrayed as a charmingly meddlesome quartet who doesn't hesitate to compromise their ethics if it will help a friend.

What to watch for
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    Violence: 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.

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    Sex: 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."

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    Language: 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").

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

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters drink wine and beer with dinner and toast with champagne at a reception.