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Release Date: October 10, 2003

Starring: John Livingston, Sabrina Lloyd, Bruno Campos, and Rueben Grundy

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr DOPAMINE deserved the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
prize for outstanding
independent films featuring
science and technology at the
Sundance Film Festival. Taking
many years to produce with the
help of the Sundance Channel,
this movie is beautifully
executed. The camera work is
exceptional, even though it
was shot in video. The music
is even better, and the
writing is nuanced, layered
and compelling. It tells the
story of a shy, young computer
programmer named Rand who,
with his friends Johnson and
Winston, have been hired by a
Japanese company to design an
interactive artificially
intelligent being in an
animated computer environment.
They call this creature Koy
Koy. Just when they think
they're going to get paid, the
Japanese businessman says he
wants them to test it out in a
preschool. Rand is immediately
taken with the teacher, Sarah.
Being hyper-scientific, Rand
thinks that all attraction is
attributable to physiological
causes, such as dopamine,
which is the hormone released
when people become aroused.
Sara, on the other hand, is a
painter and thinks there's
more to love than a chemical
reaction of pheromones and
dopamine. In a subtle show
not tell way, the movie
resolves this contemporary
argument. In the process there
are some moral statements
made, and Sarah reveals she
had to give up a child for
adoption and presents a strong
pro-life perspective. Sarah
eventually notes perhaps it
has something to do with
chemistry but whoever planned
it that way must have known
what love is like. In other
words, there had to be a
designer, which is exactly
what Rand is with regard to
Koy Koy. Regrettably, however,
the movie has elements that
will limit its audience and
discourage moral moviegoers.
The worst is probably the foul
language, with the "f" word
used frequently by Winston,
the cad in the group. The
second is that Winston takes
advantage of Sarah when they
first meet her and starts to
fornicate with her. When he
asks to break off to go to the
bathroom, she leaves depressed
and disgusted. This becomes a
moral point later in the
movie, but it could have been
done a little more tastefully.
Also, audiences should know
there's a lot of talk about
Darwinism, evolution, and
chemistry, making one think in
the beginning that this movie
is going in the wrong
direction. Finally, there are
two sexual diagrams of
internal sexual organs and a
film of an elephant mating
which Rand watches while
trying to design a partner for
Koy Koy. On the other hand,
this is a very compelling
movie, which argues some
important questions in a
dramatic visual way.
Ultimately, the movie is
uplifting and encouraging,
although it stops short of
being redemptive. The
filmmakers deserve praise, but
MOVIEGUIDEĀ® urges audiences
to exercise extreme
caution. Please address your
comments to: Sundance Channel
Customer Service 1633
Broadway New York, NY
10019 Phone: (212)
708-1201 Website:
www.sundancechannel.com Email:
[email protected]

Rating: Not yet rated

Runtime: 94 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, B, EvEv, LLL, S, A, DD, M) Subtle moral premise set in a pagan worldview with a large amount of naturalistic evolutionary dogma; 31 mostly strong obscenities and seven profanities; no violence; interrupted fornication scene, nothing licentious shown and kissing, and discussions of sex; no nudity; alcohol; smoking, drugs and drug dealing; and, arrogance and one chauvinistic character.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

DOPAMINE tells the story of a shy, hyper-scientific computer programmer named Rand who becomes attracted to a preschool teacher who thinks there's more to love than just a chemical reaction. DOPAMINE is a very compelling movie, which argues some important questions in a dramatic, visual way, but it contains rough foul language and sexual content and stops short of being redemptive.

Review:

DOPAMINE deserved the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation prize for outstanding independent films featuring science and technology at the Sundance Film Festival. Taking many years to produce with the help of the Sundance Channel, this movie is beautifully executed. The camera work is exceptional, even though it was shot in video. The music is even better, and the writing is nuanced, layered and compelling.

It tells the story of a shy, young computer programmer named Rand who, with his friends Johnson and Winston, have been hired by a Japanese company to design an interactive artificially intelligent being in an animated computer environment. They call this creature Koy Koy. Just when they think they're going to get paid, the Japanese businessman says he wants them to test it out in a preschool.

Rand is immediately taken with the teacher, Sarah. Being hyper-scientific, Rand thinks that all attraction is attributable to physiological causes, such as dopamine, which is the hormone released when people become aroused. Sara, on the other hand, is a painter and thinks there's more to love than a chemical reaction of pheromones and dopamine.

In a subtle show not tell way, the movie resolves this contemporary argument. In the process there are some moral statements made, and Sarah reveals she had to give up a child for adoption and presents a strong pro-life perspective. Sarah eventually notes perhaps it has something to do with chemistry but whoever planned it that way must have known what love is like. In other words, there had to be a designer, which is exactly what Rand is with regard to Koy Koy.

Regrettably, however, the movie has elements that will limit its audience and discourage moral moviegoers. The worst is probably the foul language, with the "f" word used frequently by Winston, the cad in the group. The second is that Winston takes advantage of Sarah when they first meet her and starts to fornicate with her. When he asks to break off to go to the bathroom, she leaves depressed and disgusted. This becomes a moral point later in the movie, but it could have been done a little more tastefully. Also, audiences should know there's a lot of talk about Darwinism, evolution, and chemistry, making one think in the beginning that this movie is going in the wrong direction. Finally, there are two sexual diagrams of internal sexual organs and a film of an elephant mating which Rand watches while trying to design a partner for Koy Koy.

On the other hand, this is a very compelling movie, which argues some important questions in a dramatic visual way. Ultimately, the movie is uplifting and encouraging, although it stops short of being redemptive. The filmmakers deserve praise, but MOVIEGUIDEĀ® urges audiences to exercise extreme caution.

Please address your comments to:

Sundance Channel Customer Service

1633 Broadway

New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 708-1201

Website: www.sundancechannel.com

Email: [email protected]

SUMMARY: DOPAMINE tells the story of a shy, hyper-scientific computer programmer named Rand who becomes attracted to a preschool teacher who thinks there's more to love than just a chemical reaction. DOPAMINE is a very compelling movie, which argues some important questions in a dramatic, visual way, but it contains rough foul language and sexual content and stops short of being redemptive.

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