Short Circuit

1986 PG 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD

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Short Circuit

1986 PG 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD
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After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he's human and escapes the lab. Hot on his trail is his designer, Newton (Steve Guttenberg), who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky animal lover (Ally Sheedy) mistakes the robot for an alien and takes him in, teaching her new guest about life on Earth. This high-tech comedy adventure hit spawned a 1988 sequel.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
Rating
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 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
  • Ally Sheedy
  • Steve Guttenberg
  • Fisher Stevens
  • Austin Pendleton
  • G.W. Bailey
  • Brian McNamara
  • Tim Blaney
  • Marvin J. McIntyre
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Reviews

age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that from the opening scene -- which shows robots attacking and blowing up mannequins and heavy war machinery -- to the closing moments -- when bad guy-soldiers are trying to destroy the beloved robot-hero -- guns, rifles, lasers, and automatic weaponry are fired at regular intervals. No one is injured or killed, but the lovable robot character is in danger throughout. Also expect frequent angry and/or frustrated swearing in many sequences.

Sexual Content

One gentle kiss. Some mild sexual innuendo with one character's continued misuse of words and expressions.

Violence

All cartoon/fantasy violence. Cars, equipment, mannequins blow up; lots of gunfire, though no one is hit or injured except robots, who almost always bounce back; physical scuffles on two occasions between young woman and ex-boyfriend; Three Stooges hits and slaps in several video excerpts; runaway truck causes cartoon mayhem; machine gun and laser attacks on robots.

Language

Frequent cursing: "hell" "damnit," "God damn," "pissed off," "Jesus," "fart," "red-ass," "son-of-a-bitch," "bulls--t," "bastard," "dips--t," "holy s--t," "a--hole."

Social Behavior

An East Indian scientist's stereotypical speech and struggles with the English language provides much of the humor.

Consumerism

Product placement is pervasive: Dr. Pepper, Brawny, MacIntosh, Pemco, Colgate, Alaska Air, Oreida, Volkswagen, Texaco, Campbell Soups. Some humor is derived from robot regurgitating familiar 1980s commercials.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Robots are shown preparing and serving cocktails at party. Elderly couple at police roadblock briefly refer to the "grass in the glove compartment."

  • 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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