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Bicentennial Man

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Film about robot who wants to be human is so-so.

Movie PG 1999 132 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Good Movie but not for kids under 16

PG rating is very misleading. Words $hit and a$$ were used several times during the movie. Discussion of Sexual intercourse and orgasm was brought up twice. Mention of man's genitalia and a couple were shown in bed implying that they just had sex. Several scenes of couple kissing on lips and one long French kiss. Kind f shocked really to see MPAA gave it a rating of PG.
age 5+

One of Robin Williams best films.

Honestly I love this movie. I think it has a terrific message. I do have a 5-year-old child that likes to watch this movie as well. Yes I do understand there are some questionable content throughout the film but nothing to the point where I think that she should not be able to watch it. One of the things that I try to keep in mind is that the older generation did not have any type of foul language or sex references in a pg-rated film. Now that is becoming more normal. Another thing to keep in mind is that this film takes place in the future so maybe in that time period that would be the norm. All in all I think that this is one of Robin Williams best pieces of work. This film has so much heart in it that I think then negative parts of the film actually take a back seat.

Is It Any Good?

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

Overall, BICENTENNIAL MAN is a sweet movie that gives families a good opportunity to talk about what makes us human. As Andrew lives on past the lives of his original family, he stays close to their descendants, especially "Little Miss's" look-alike granddaughter, Portia. He uses the latest technology to provide himself with skin, hair, a neural system, a digestive system, and finally, to become fully human, mortality. Just like Woody in Toy Story 2, Andrew has a choice between pristine immortality and a limited, uncertain, but deeply engaged existence.

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