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*batteries not included

By Alex Orner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun '80s tale has profanity, nudity, and violence.

Movie PG 1987 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 13+

Don't go on your childhood memory!

Do not go on your memory from childhood! I watched this with my 6 1/2 year old and this movie has too many adult subjects that are presented in a scary way... A boyfriend who leaves his pregnant girlfriend, Elder Abuse, Alzheimer's, Thugs who swear, threaten, and end up and almost killing sweet people by burning down their apartment complex! Need I go on!? Oh and flying saucers having "relations" and then little flying saucer babies come which are so cute until one comes out "not working" but it is upsetting and they have a funeral for it! Do not watch this movie with young children unless you are ready to address these topics and more.
age 16+


Profanity and nudity.'nuff said.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Although this film often drags at points, its message is warm and heartfelt. The movie emphasizes the notion of standing up for one's beliefs. The relationships between the characters are mature, but not overly complex for a child to understand. The movie features a unique plot and conveys an overall positive message that both kids and adults will appreciate.

However, one major flaw is Jessica Tandy's character. Her performance as a senile wife is not credible as she teeters in and out of senility like a metronome. Another is the edgy content that is completely unnecessary to the story. There is no need for the profanity and nudity featured here; neither add to the plot. Parents may also be concerned about the violence.

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