Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

'80s robot-becomes-human story falls flat.

PG 1985 99 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 5+

Largely benign 80s kids flick

Totally dated from the 80s, this movie has less violence than today's (2019) primetime news. Got a good sort of Stranger Things vibe to it as well given that the kid is super mysterious and is taken in for government testing. There are some good family moments, but yeah it falls a bit flat for older, more sophisticated viewers. There's a 'shit', a 'son of a bitch' , but our 5yo doesn't repeat bad words in movies. He was exhilarated to see the car chase and the police cars crashing. He liked the kid, as it's easy to identify with D.A.R.Y.L. being a robot, and just wanting to be normal.

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age 11+

Great Kids SciFi Adventure Movie - but language

OK, there is an intense chase scene with a gunshot death at the beginning. The mischievous "Turtle" teases his teen aged sister repeatedly by calling her a "Hooker", but the running Joke is that DARYL doesn't know what a Hooker is. DARYL experiments with rebellion with a scene where he cusses at his foster dad. That's really it on the negatives. Very exciting - and the acting and character development is solid for an 80s pop movie. OK for a Mature 11 to immature 13.

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