A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn a bit about New Orleans and the way robots work.
The movie encourages kids to believe in themselves and not allow bullies to push them down, emotionally or physically. It also stresses the importance of friendship and open communication between family members.
Positive Role Models
Allan is a moral, caring scientist who doesn't want his robot to be used and marketed as a weapon. Joanna is a hard-working single mom who doesn't have time to do everything around the house, but who does make time for her two kids and their issues. Henry is a smart, sweet kid who helps others, and Cody is a sensitive robot that understands a lot about human emotions.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of punches (including one between two young boys) and some close calls. A bully pushes Henry, tries to mess up his science fair project, and later smashes his trophy and throws Cody across a basketball court. A group of security guards pursue Allan and then Henry and his family. A man holds Allan and Joanna hostage at gunpoint.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Henry has a crush on Emma; Cody flirts with a receptionist; and Cody's "dad" Allan ends up with Henry's mom.
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Insults (and basketball trash talking) like "stupid," "choke on a worm," "stooges," "bums," "sucka."
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Products & Purchases
Joanna's old Volvo station wagon is shown several times. The movie is based on the Robosapien remote-control robot toys.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cody makes a joke, "Margaritas anyone?" after he gives Joanna and Meagan a massage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cody the Robosapien (originally released as Robosapien: Rebooted in the U.K.) is a live-action adventure based on WowWee's remote-control robot toys. The movie focuses on the relationship between Henry, a precocious 12-year-old, and Cody, the robot he finds and rebuilds. Through their friendship, which is reminiscent of all human child-nonhuman buddy movies, like E.T. or The Iron Giant, both characters discover how teamwork and sacrifice can change people (and robots) for the better. There are mild insults ("stupid") and violence (a couple of punches and a pursuit by armed security guards), but this is overall a movie that's fine for the whole family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The special effects aren't up to par with theatrical releases, nor is the plot anything that even a kid would call sophisticated. But there are enough laughs and messages for both children and parents to stay relatively entertained. Parents who watch the hit FX show Sons of Anarchy will be especially pleased to see Coates playing a clean-cut corporate villain instead of a tattooed biker. If you're looking for a family movie for younger kids who want a little action adventure but nothing too heavy, this is a decent, albeit slightly bland pick.
CODY THE ROBOSAPIEN isn't as overt a merchandise tie-in as the Barbie, Transformers, or My Little Pony movies -- probably because the Robosapien toys aren't nearly as ubiquitous as Mattel's or Hasbro's offerings. Cody (voiced by Jae Head) is charming enough to keep kids interested in his silly one-liners and jokey banter with first his father figure Allan (whom adult fans will recognize as Steve from Sex and the City) and then adorably nerdy young Henry (who looks like a young Richard Lewis circa 1989 with his floppy long hair and shrugging shoulders).
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