Facts and Figures
Run time: 91 mins
In Theaters: Friday 4th August 1989
Distributed by: Warner Home Video
Production compaines: Warner Bros.
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Fresh: 11 Rotten: 20
IMDB: 5.0 / 10
Young Einstein Movie Review
Not only did this phenomenon give us Crocodile Dundee II, it somehow convinced Warner Brothers to give an unknown Australian documentary filmmaker and "experimental comedian" with a silly haircut the chance to write, produce, direct, and star in his very own feature film.
As the title suggests, the film is -- ostensibly -- about Albert Einstein. Only it has him formulating Newton's theories, inventing rock music, putting the bubbles in beer (via nuclear fission and, somehow, the formula E=mc2), romancing Marie Curie, and -- of course -- being Australian instead of German. It's cute and fun -- at least for a time -- until about midway through the film, when Young Einstein turns "serious" as he and Curie (Odile Le Clezio) attempt to foil a nefarious plot of sorts.
Rest assured, this is low comedy -- absurd and frequently stupid, but as much fun as you can have watching someone being repeatedly electrocuted and blown up -- over and over again.
As for Serious, his star would never shine as brightly as it did here, and that's saying something (Einstein made about $12 million in theaters, though that's probably way more than it cost).