William Butler | Chicago, IL | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We saw this movie on ABC Family, highly recommended for (almost) all ages. I'd say it's great for adults and teenagers, can't really say for younger than that. But it's very funny, very well-made. And the acting is terrific -- Tom Cavanagh, Sarah Chalke, James Barbour, Nadia Dajani, all great! Will be a very pleasant surprise to people who know Tom and Sarah from "Ed" and "Scrubs" -- they're both capable of a lot more complexity than you might have guessed!"
Great idea-but could have been better
Harold A. Fretheim | Juanita, WA | 07/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The story idea was very good and much of the story flows well. Sarah Chalke, and most of the rest of the cast did well. Cavanaugh, who is normally a very good actor, tried hard but simply had no clue as to what his character is all about. And that is a shame, but understandable as the scientific/computer nerd type is a very interesting and even fascinating kind of man - but very little understood by most of the people who write screen plays (the exception that proves the rule is the writers behind the successful TV comedy "The Big Bang Theory"- who very readily admit that they too would be lost were it not for having had an actual past association with this personality type). It is this lack of understanding that leads to the defects that other reviwers have reacted to. That being said, I do own a copy and found it entertaining even with its flaws."
Pirate Girl | 09/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great little movie, that somehow scaped me when it first came out. Perhaps this was due to lack of Hollywood big name recognition advertising. However, if you want what I would call a "cool" romantic comedy family movie, this would be it. Tom Cavanaugh and Sarah Chalke(of "Scrubs")acted their parts extremely well. James Barbour(veteran Broadway actor)ran away with his part, his comedic talent coming across phenomenaly, as well as being just the perfect actor for the part of "Dr. Love";he seemed to instinctively know just what to do in each scene to send across just the right humor, and funny it was. He was definitely one of the best assets of this movie. The rest of the cast was just as well cast, and did their jobs exceptionally, including the scenes with veteran actress Celeste Holm;nice to see an older actress get a nice role in a "younger set" movie.
Alchemy is one of those "how did this movie excape the popular radar" type of film undertakings. Director Oppenheimer should be given high kudos for bringing us this little treasure of a movie to enjoy over and over again."