Love Potion No. 9 (1992)




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When it comes to love, Paul Matthews and Diane Farrow, two highly educated and talented scientists don't know a thing. Looking at their geeky demeanor's it's easy to see why. Despite the fact that both are neighbors, share the same interests and both are psychobiologists who study primates, neither is really aware of the other romantically until Paul, who is terribly shy around women, goes to gypsy Madame Ruth in desperation and asks for help. She reads his palm and tells him that he needs a woman; she then hands him Love Potion No. 8 which will attract women like flies to honey. This romantic comedy chronicles what happens to him (and Diane) when, after experimenting on animals, they decide to try it on themselves. Though the changes only last four hours per dose, they are truly remarkable and the two agree to separate for three weeks and then come back together to compare results. The time passes quickly and wonderfully for them and when they finally reunite both have changed for the better. Just for fun, they decide to go out with each other. They do not drink the potion, but still have a wonderful and passionate night. This leads Paul to propose to Diane. Unfortunately, she thinks she loves another, a man who is really more interested in exploiting the potion for money than he is in her. He ends up buying up all of Madame Ruth's latest batch. Paul goes back to her and explains his problem and that is when Ruth hands him the potent Love Potion No. 9, which can manifest true love. Quickly, he takes it and sets off to find Diane before she makes a terrible mistake.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Tate Donovan
as Paul Matthews
Sandra Bullock
as Diane Farrow
Mary Mara
as Marisa
Dale Midkiff
as Gary Logan
Dylan Baker
as Prince Geoffrey
Adrian Paul
as Enrico Pazzoli
Anne Bancroft
as Madame Ruth
Blake Clark
as Motorcycle Cop
Rebecca Staab
as Cheryl
Ric Reitz
as Dave
Jordan Baker
as Joanne
Ken Strong
as Dick Webster
Gary Watkins
as Secret Service Agent
Scott Higgs
as Male Secretary
Libby Whittemore
as R.T. Moreno
David Baer
as Marisa's Driver
Marc Gowan
as Priest
Lisa Coles
as Blonde at Bar
Timothy Martin
as Man at Bar
Susan Fassig
as Cheryl's Friend
Rob Cleveland
as Station Cop
Kathryn Firago
as Woman in Bridesroom
Jennifer Hale
as Catty Woman
Victoria Tabaka
as Catty Woman
David Dwyer
as Riot Cop
Virgil Beckham
as Riot Cop
Ann Taylor Boutwell
as Church Lady
Edith Ivey
as Church Lady
Andra Millian
as Matron
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Critic Reviews for Love Potion No. 9

All Critics (11)

it's a flat and bland little brew

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

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August 3, 2007

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January 2, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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June 4, 2004
One Guy's Opinion

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February 8, 2004
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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October 10, 2003

Audience Reviews for Love Potion No. 9


Gypsy love potion transforms lonely, awkward and shy science geeks into not-quite-so-geeky in this formulaic though cute romcom from the 90's that was Sandra Bullock's first starring role and set the pattern in her career of playing wallflowers who suddenly bloom.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The story of two lab-rats Diane and Paul (Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan respectively) who get a love-potion from an old gypsy (Anne Bancroft) that makes it impossible for the opposite sex to resist them. She and Paul do what any geeky scientists would do, they treat the whole thing as a big experiment, and "evaluating the results" has some interesting and funny consequences.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


This was a funny comedy. The situation was a little silly and you could tell were it was heading in the end but it was fun.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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