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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie explores themes of the confluence of humanity and technology, especially as technology becomes more advanced, and the ramifications of robots capable of having human emotions and satisfying sexual and romantic needs. Explores the nature of love and of family. Provides a glimpse into what the world might be like in the aftermath of climate change, resulting in rising ocean levels.
Positive Role Models
The characters are essentially archetypal and don't emerge as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
While technically a robot, young David seems all-too-human as he's bullied by his "brother" and his brother's friends. In another scene, David jumps off a building in a way that would be suicide for humans. David attacks and destroys an android who looks just like him. In a violent carnival-esque spectacle, humanoid robots are shown getting destroyed as humans cheer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the lead characters is a robot gigolo; he brags of his prowess with women and, in one instance, heightens the bragging by making orgasm noises.
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"Damned," "hell," "goddammit."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A.I.: Artificial Intelligence is a 2001 science fiction movie directed by Steven Spielberg about a young android named David who is the first of his kind to express and feel human emotion. There is some mild profanity. This movie is rated PG-13 for some sexual references (Joe is a robot gigolo created to have sex with women), and some violence (robots are destroyed, and there's a critically ill child and characters in peril). Kids may find the theme and some of the situations disturbing, and they may also be unsettled by the open-ended nature of the story, as well as the raw emotion expressed. It will be most suitable for teens, who may enjoy debating some of the issues of love, vulnerability, the nature of humanity, the future of the human race, and even the meaning of life. There is some bullying when David's "brother" and his friends don't accept him into their clique; this, and David's seemingly suicidal fall from a skyscraper, could seem all too human for many viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Cross 2001 with E.T. and Blade Runner and throw in some Pinocchio, some Wizard of Oz, some Velveteen Rabbit, and a touch of Our Town, and you might have some sense of what to expect from this movie. It's an ambitious, complex, provocative movie that is likely to lead to more late-night college dorm debates than anything since the ones about 2001's monolith and the ape throwing the bone.
Developed by Stanley Kubrick and completed by Steven Spielberg, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence is a two-part invention of a movie that owes both its strengths and its weaknesses to the collaboration between two men of such prodigious talents and such different, even opposing sensibilities. Kubrick is the master of the cool image, Spielberg the master of the warm feeling. The juxtaposition of their influence is particularly apt for this story of the struggle between heart and brain, not only on the part of the mecha but on the part of the orga (humans) as well.
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