Film / Young Einstein

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Young Einstein is an intentionally inaccurate portrayal of Albert Einstein as the son of an apple farmer in Tasmania in the early 1900s. In this movie, Einstein splits a beer atom (with a chisel) in order to add bubbles to beer, discovers the theory of relativity and travels to Sydney to patent it. Here he invents the electric guitar and surfing, while romancing an anachronistic Marie Curie. He invents rock and roll and uses it to save the world from being destroyed due to misuse of a nuclear reactor under the watching eye of a similarly inaccurate Charles Darwin. Um... yah...

Written, directed and starring Australian musician Yahoo Serious note , the film was created due to Yahoo's interest in Einstein's life after visiting the Amazon River. The film was made on a very small budget, even going so far as forcing Serious to sell his car to gain funds for it. The film was a hit in its home country of Australia and had modest success in the United States as well, making it the second-most successful Australian film upon its release.

Not to be confused with Little Einsteins. Entirely unrelated to Young Frankenstein, except that both are ridiculous comedies.


This film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Upon looking at his research, an inmate remarks that he is "keenly interested". Albert takes this to be his name.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Charles Darwin. And pretty much every other historical personage named in the film (including Sir Isaac Newton, in the self-referentially titled book Young Newton).
  • Alcohol Hic: Albert gets the hiccups when he first tries beer.
  • Alternate Universe
  • Anachronism Stew: Invoked for comedy.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The energy from splitting Beerium Atoms.
  • Artistic License Geography: Albert wanders past Ayers Rock/Uluru on his way from Tasmania to Sydney. Of course, he was lost.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Albert Einstein is the son of Tasmanian apple farmers who actually invented "Roll and Rock" and surfing.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: Preston Preston steals Einstein's beer-bubble-maker and, in his ignorance, nearly nukes London in his attempt to demonstrate it.
  • Einstein Hair: Yahoo Serious has claimed he decided to make a movie about Albert Einstein because he has the same hairstyle.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Rather unexpectedly, from Charles Darwin, as the bomb is about to go off, and he sits quietly while everyone else is trying to run away screaming.
    Preston Preston: [grabs Darwin by the lapels] Quick! Where do I run?
    Charles Darwin: It's an atomic bomb, Mr. Preston. There's nowhere to run to.
  • Historical In-Joke: Sigmund Freud appears at the Science Academy Awards... with his mother.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Creepy flavour: Preston Preston to Marie Curie.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Albert has many accidents throughout the movie. He simply shrugs them off, as it's Played for Laughs.
  • Land Down Under: Proudly on display throughout the movie.
  • Leitmotif: Albert's is 'Waltzing Matilda', Marie's is a Parisian sounding accordion ditty.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: When Preston Preston tries to speak French.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: "The characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious, although the names of certain historical persons were used."
  • Scenery Porn: Albert's journey to Sydney, via lots of places that aren't actually on a direct route.
  • Steam Punk
  • The Power of Rock: Apparently rock can even drain the power from an atomic bomb. In fact, apparently, 4/4 time "will drain the power out of anything".
  • Unobtanium: Beerium
  • X-Ray Sparks: While draining the energy off the 'atomic' bomb with his electric guitar.
    Albert: Don't worry, Marie! They're only electrons!

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