New York Times - 08/04/1989
"...[A] Monty Pythonesque ramble....The kind of smart-stupid film that can put audiences in a giddy mood with visual jokes so stupendously dumb they are actually funny..."
USA Today - 08/24/1989
"...The supporting roles are pleasingly cast..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/04/1989
"...It has a genuine sweetness rarely found even in pre-teen-oriented pix....EINSTEIN has a handsome period look..."
In the search for the formula to put bubbles into beer, Albert Weinstein, son of Tasmanian apple farmers, develops the atom-splitting theory of relativity only to have it stolen by an unscrupulous professional and romantic rival.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Yahoo Serious stars in this comedy about Albert Einstein, a youthful genius who discovers not only the theory of relativity but the electric guitar, rock'n'roll, and how to put bubbles into beer.
Australian comedian (and producer, filmmaker, editor, screenwriter, stunt person and songsmith) Yahoo Serious does everything and more in this spoof on the early life of 20th- century genius Albert Einstein. Transported from Europe to the Australian island of Tasmania, the young scientist-to-be is first encountered on his parents' apple farm where he discovers the Law of Relativity while attempting to brew up a batch of homemade beer. Einstein goes on to accidentally invent the atomic bomb and -- more importantly -- the electric guitar which leads, of course, to his discovery of rock 'n' roll. And, in the midst of it all, he still finds time to romance Marie Curie.
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Estimated budget of $4 million.
Production company: Serious Film
Filmed in Panavision in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Bells Beach Victoria, Snowy Mountains, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Australia; New Castle, England.
Began shooting September 16, 1985; completed shooting mid-1986. Released in North America August 4, 1989. Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (Young Cinema) September 29-October 8, 1989. Released on video February 28, 1990. Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 10, 1990.
"Young Einstein," the directorial debut of Australian comedian Yahoo Serious, had its first screening at the Australian Film Awards in 1986 where it was nominated for best screenplay, music, sound and cinematography; it won in the music catagory. The film was then re-shot, re-edited, new music was added (as well as a happier ending) and it was distributed internationally.
Additional music credits: Ron Leighton, music conductor (orchestra); Robert Ingram, music conductor (orchestra); Maurie Sheldon, additional music score; Simon Walker, additional music score; "Hungry Town" also written by Oleh Witer; "I Hear Motion" written by Sean Kelly, Andrew Duffield, James Freud and Barton Price; "The Music Goes Round My Head" written by Harry Vanda and George Young; "At First Sight" written and produced by Domenic Mariani; "Weird Libido" written by Mick Blood and Daryl Mather; "Dumb Things" written and produced by Paul Kelly;.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors.