Dopamine (2003)



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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 … More

Rating: G (for language, sexuality and brief drug use)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Decena, Timothy Breitbach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 2004
The Sundance Channel - Official Site



as Sarah McCaulley

as Winston

as Rand's Father

as Sleazy Guy
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Critic Reviews for Dopamine

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (21)

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?

Full Review… | March 26, 2004
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2004
Globe and Mail
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An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003
New York Daily News
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... a near miss ...

Full Review… | October 13, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
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While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
Seattle Times
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Decena hooks us with these characters from the start and makes us believe in their pain and longing.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Dopamine

Predictable and done before. I felt like there was potential to go further than they did which left disappointment.


Another movie where hipster film makers pat themselves on the back for picking up a few chemical names. Then use their ten minutes of study to back up their love note to ignorance. The movie burns a strawman that no scientist has ever put forward. The acting is pretty good, the science is horrible, and every bit of the plot which touches on it winds up tarnished as a result. I'm not normally one of those people who complains about bad science in movies, but when it comes with the potential freedom to actually do it right which an indi label brings, and when the plot is actually largely dependant on that bad science, it really brings down the whole movie.

I thought this was a very cool movie. Its kind of mushy, but, it talks about the chemical reactions that go on inside our body and how they affect us. It has a really cool computer character in it called "Koy Koy". A cute little bird thing that reacts to verbal commands. I want a Koy Koy. =) Plus if you are a "Nip/Tuck" fan, you will like this as it has the guy that plays Dr. Quentin Costa as one of the mane characters.

Ian Rose

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