Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Matthew Broderick

REVIEWED: 10-17-96

Matthew Broderick directs and stars in this rambling film based on the life and loves of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. The film, written by the director's mother, Patricia Broderick, follows the courtship and marriage of Feynman to Arline Greenbaum (Patricia Arquette), through their days as high school sweethearts to their life as a couple in New Mexico, where Feynman worked at Los Alamos developing the bomb. Though this movie has many rewarding moments and a sweet, old-fashioned sensibility that makes it seem like the perfect flick to take your silver-haired grandma to, it nonetheless lacks cohesion and depth. Feynman gets to run around explaining nuclear physics to folks, while his wife Arline fawns over pretty dresses in shop windows. Is this a match made in heaven? Hard to say, but it's worthy to note the love story is a short, autobiographical chapter in the life of one of the most interesting scientific minds of the 20th century. The ending is a long time coming, and you may begin to suspect that the title refers to the length of the film; but if Infinity piques your curiosity, ferret out a paperback copy of the infinitely more rewarding memoir, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman.

--Stacey Richter

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