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Young Einstein (1988)



Critic Consensus: Young Einstein suggests Yahoo Serious could be an effective leading man in the right comedic setting -- but this disappointingly uneven outing isn't it.

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The life of legendary scientist Albert Einstein is re-imagined as a slapstick farce in this comic fantasy. Changing Einstein's country of origin from Germany to Tasmania, the film shows the scientist's eventful youth as he creates rock & roll and discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom. Director and star Yahoo Serious loads the film with slapstick comedy, absurd sight gags, and even sneaks in a romantic subplot in which Einstein courts Marie Curie. The film was a huge hit in its native Australia but a major box-office disappointment in the United States, where audiences largely ignored the display of nonstop silliness.

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Yahoo Serious
as Albert Einstein
Odile Le Clezio
as Marie Curie
John Howard (II)
as Preston Preston
Pee Wee Wilson
as Mr. Einstein
Su Cruickshank
as Mrs. Einstein
Lulu Pinkus
as The Blonde
Ebsen Storm
as Wilbur Wright
Kaarin Fairfax
as The Brunette
Michael Lake
as Manager
Jonathan Coleman
as Wolfgang Bavarian
Johnny McCall
as Rudy Bavarian
Michael Blaxland
as Desk Clerk
Ray Fogo
as Bright Clerk
Tim Elliot
as Lecturer
Philippa Baker
as Freud's Mother
Ray Winslade
as Droving Student
Wendy de Waal
as Prudish Student
P.J. Voeten
as Chinese Student
Warren Coleman
as Lunatic Professor
Glenn Butcher
as Ernest Rutherford
Steve Abbott
as Brian Asprin
Warwick Irwin
as Gate Guard
Keith Heygate
as Scientist's Guard
Ian "Danno" Rogerson
as Randy Student
Roger Ward
as Cat Pie Cook
Martin Raphael
as Crazed Lunatic
Sylvester's Sextet
as Bavarian Band
Max Meldrum
as Mr. Curie
as Dog
Film Crew
as Dangerous Lunatics
Rose Jackson
as Mrs. Curie
Basil Clarke
as Charles Darwin
Adam Bowen
as Guglielmo Marconi
Esben Storm
as Wilbur Wright
Tim McKew
as Sigmund Freud
Philipa Baker
as Freud's Mother
Ian James Tait
as Thomas Edison
Aku Kadogo
as African Lady
Margot Ross
as Emotional Mother
Madeleine Ross
as Baby Scientist
Nick Conroy
as Clark Gable
Michael Shirley
as Admiral Shackleton
Ollie Hall
as Darwin's Bodyguard
Christian Manon
as Darwin's Bodyguard
Pepper Soudakoff
as Darwin's Beagle
Megan Shapcott
as Country Girl Fan
Inge Burke
as Country Girl Fan
Georgie Parker
as Country Girl Fan
David Ngoombujarra
as Aborignial Dancer
Terry Pead
as Inventor Couple
Wick Wilson
as News Cameraman
Alice Pead
as Inventor Couple
Michael Matou
as Asylum Guard
David Roach
as Country Yokel
Ted Reid
as Asylum Guard
Colin Gibson
as Country Yokel
Geoff Aldridge
as Lumiere Brothers
Hugh Wayland
as Lumiere Brothers
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Critic Reviews for Young Einstein

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

Serious's most distinguishing feature is his unruly hair, which serves as both a reminder of Einstein's own unkempt mane and the endless series of '80s-era stand-up comedians memorable only for their wacky hairdos.

August 6, 2014 | Full Review…

The movie runs out of -- excuse me again -- energy in the late going, and the invention of the humor is uneven. But Serious plays the title role with charm and lightness. His wild red hair makes Don King's look like a crewcut.

May 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Considering the pre-opening buildup this film has had, it could turn out to be a bigger bomb than the one Einstein's theory anticipated.

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 1/5

The next Serious movie could well be something special.

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

It has the charm and advantage of a genuine visual style of its own, both laconic and witty, as well as a likably dopey plot and cast of characters.

May 21, 2013 | Full Review…

A rather lame, awkward and amateurish movie, only fitfully funny and made in such a remorselessly low-brow way that it makes Crocodile Dundee look like Citizen Kane.

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Young Einstein

Good photography and a few interesting moments doesn't make Young Einstein a nice picture to watch.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


The most fun movie I've watched in years. Kinda like Bill & Ted meet Bill Nighe. I really just wanted to say that cause it sounded cool.

rocko perkovich
rocko perkovich

Super Reviewer


This movie was hyped in 1988 more than "Jason Goes to Manhattan" ever was! Yahoo Serious was a quirky Australian comic akin to Pee-Wee Hermann and Napoleon Dynamite. I wonder if he inspired Regardless, he appears in a quiet little comedy about his exploits and inventions in the small town in which he lives. I liked the scene where they are planning to bake fluffy kittens into huge pies. There's a bit of a love story too. The music isn't too good. Yahoo's hair is red and punkish, like a modern-day Pippi Longstocking. It's worth checking out, but it didn't have me howling with laughter.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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