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Mark Decena makes his directorial debut with the romantic comedy Dopamine. In San Francisco during the economic heyday of computer technology, Rand (John Livingston) works as a software designer. He and his co-workers, Winston (Bruno Campos) and Johnson (Reuben Grundy), have created a toy called Koy Koy, an A.I. cyber-pet that can respond to its owner's voice. Rand's love life hasn't been very productive, especially because his father (William Windom) has been repeatedly telling him that love is
Oct 10, 2003 Limited
Apr 13, 2004
The Sundance Channel - Official Site
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At bottom, what we've got here is a movie about a boy who meets a girl, loses her and tries to find a way to get her back. Which returns us to the original question: Can romance be reduced to scientific formula?
Mostly a drab affair, unfolding in restaurants, office cubicles and anonymous apartments, in which characters talk endlessly about relationships in ways that suggest they think they're being intelligent.
An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.
While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either.
Decena hooks us with these characters from the start and makes us believe in their pain and longing.
...gut-wrenchingly awful--should be avoided at all cost. Rated R 84 mins. (D-)http://www.colesmith
It's all talk and very little action. And unfortunately, most of the talk consists of thesis statements disguised as dialogue.
Evocatively captures the uncertainties of being in your 20s, and the bars and cafes its characters inhabit.
Never seems to say something important about love that it tries desperately to get to.
San Francisco's smart set of high-tech thinkers can still be stupid at love in this warm, winning indie DV romance.
Director Mark Decena and his writing partner show a good deal of promise for their future efforts, but some bad decisions and simplistic characters keep Dopamine from being anything to fall in love with.
Bland, innocuous and totally disposable, it's the cinematic equivalent of a toothpaste or sneaker designed by and for focus groups.
Nicely acted by Lloyd and the talented Livingston, it poses some major questions, and is smart enough to refrain from trying to answer them.
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