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 just a series of chemical reactions ever since his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. One day, Rand goes out to the bar after work and meets preschool teacher Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd), whom he feels strongly attracted to. When his company test markets his cyber-pet to little kids, Rand meets Sarah again and they are instantly connected. Despite their differing opinions on the chemical nature of love, Rand and Sarah begin a romance that puts their theories to the test. The film also stars Kathleen Antonia and Nicole Wilder. Shot on digital video, Dopamine premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Dopamine

All Critics (52) | 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?

Mar 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 25, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.

Oct 29, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

... a near miss ...

Oct 13, 2003

While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either.

Oct 10, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Decena hooks us with these characters from the start and makes us believe in their pain and longing.

Oct 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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