Short Circuit 2

1988 PG 1h 51m DVD

Short Circuit 2

1988 PG 1h 51m DVD
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In this sequel to the cybernetic comedy, the friendly robot Number Five reunites with his creator, New York City toymaker Ben Jahrvi. But complications ensue when Ben's new business partner turns out to be part of a gang of bank robbers.
Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb, Jack Weston, Dee McCafferty, David Hemblen, Don Lake, Damon D'Oliveira
Kenneth Johnson
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Chinese Simplified, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that positive messages are dramatized in this movie including the wonders of knowledge; the value of honesty, friendship, and loyalty; and concern for others. Most physical action is cartoon-like, causing no serious injury. There are hapless bad guys, pratfalls, trap doors, and parachutes. The exception is a serious, lengthy attack on Robot Johnny 5 near the conclusion. He is severely smashed, battered, and broken, in danger of total memory failure (i.e. death). Final suspense is centered on efforts to rebuild the robot, saving his "life."

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Cartoon-like skirmishes between masked robbers and heroes, once with gun as threat; robbers smash up manufacturing facility; car vandalism; crooks fall through trap door; heroes kidnapped and held captive in meat locker, played for humor; robot beats baddies in one physical fight, but in another the robot is severely bashed, beaten, and bloody (battery acid) near "robot death."


Occasional swearing: "bulls--t," "crap," "ass," "balls," "damn," "pissed off," "hell," "bastard."

Social Behavior

Robot and his inventor are innocents and have strong moral centers. They're taken advantage of and their special talents are used for criminal acts by more predatory characters, but heroes' goodness prevails. Fast-talking con artist learns important lessons. Some stereotyping of inner city teen hoodlums and East Indian with language problems.


Radio Shack products are used as plot device. Minimal other visual product placement: Labat's beer, Slazenger, Coca Cola.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Character is shown smoking and coughing in one scene.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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