A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
What sets humans apart from other creatures is their capacity for love and emotional connection.
Positive Role Models
Humans show resilience, courage, love, loyalty, and self-sacrifice. Parents are shown as being willing to do anything for their children.
The main characters are a White woman and a Black man. Some diversity among secondary characters.
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Violence & Scariness
People and androids are shot, strangled, thrown through glass, threatened, hit with a baseball bat, tortured, punched, and more. Humans are seen dead and bloodied. Skeletons are found. Androids appear to bleed an oil-like substance, and their fake skin melts off their metal structures. A character challenges another on a fight and is said to be left blind in eye. Cityscapes look to be on fire. Characters brand each other with a hot iron. A woman has pregnancy and childbirth pains and discusses how to cut the umbilical cord if she gives birth in the wild. A person's legs are broken and ultimately amputated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A college-age couple is pregnant. They kiss and cuddle. A man is seen naked with his privates covered. A woman tells her boyfriend, "We are not having sex tonight."
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Very strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," "boobs," "dumb," "oh my God." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Converse, Polaroid brands seen. A man is shocked by the "arrogance" of humans creating million-dollar AI butlers and expecting everything to go OK.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
College students drink at a party. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mother/Android is an intense sci-fi story about a young couple (Chloe Grace Moretz, Algee Smith) expecting a baby who are on the run from mutinous androids. Violence includes death, threats, and torture: Humans and androids are shot, strangled, thrown through glass, hit with a baseball bat, punched, broken, amputated, blinded, branded with hot irons, and killed. Androids appear to bleed an oil-like substance, and their fake skin melts off their metal structures. Cityscapes look to be on fire. Language is also strong and includes "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," "boobs," "dumb," and "oh my God." Human characters display resilience, courage, love, loyalty, and self-sacrifice, and the film's message is that what sets humans apart from robots -- and what also makes them more vulnerable -- is their capacity for love and emotional connection. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Seemingly based in the premise that human emotion is at the heart of all compelling sci-fi, this film misfires a bit by focusing too heavily on the drama of a pregnant couple in an apocalyptic world. Mother/Android is much more "mother" than "android." There's some tension around Georgia and Sam's survival (and that of their imminent baby), but the murderous robots and the circumstances involving their rebellion deserved more development.
The performances are compelling -- particularly Moretz, who's a very credible pregnant woman on the run -- and the grey tonality of the film successfully conveys the harshness of their situation. But the story's focus may disappoint both those looking for romantic drama and those looking for sci-fi action. And the ending forces the actors into a scene that feels disconnected from the rest of the film.
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