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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stylish, quirky sci-fi comedy has some sex, language.

Movie NR 2022 111 minutes
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This is a quirky dystopian movie that sci-fi fans are likely to enjoy. Bigbug is a French sci-fi comedy from the director of beloved movies like Delicatessen and Amelie, and the propensity for Rube Goldberg devices and absurdity play to the strengths of a story about technology run amok. It's often very funny, and the colors and design of the house where almost all of the action takes place, with all its pastel colors and garish aesthetic, contrast with a world where humans seem increasingly decadent and dependent on technology to do things they used to do just fine on their own. The action takes place in the year 2045, but this world has obvious parallels to our own, with assorted sexcapades between the characters to keep the movie a more French and slightly less bleak version of a Black Mirror episode.

There are moments in the middle when the balance between the central story of uber-bots trying to overthrow humankind, house-bots trying to learn to be human, and humans trying to maintain or kindle sexual relations goes as haywire as the robots involved in this technological revolt. However, the third act and its arrival of the Robocop-esque Yonyx, a bureaucratic bully and violent tormentor of these humans, sets it right, and the final battle is as engaging as any conventional sci-fi fight to the death. It offers at least the smallest of hopes that humanity isn't a lost cause, even among the most selfish and bourgeois among us.

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