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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
What it means to be a true friend. Courage, compassion, and empathy are also displayed.
Positive Role Models
Mitya is a soulful boy who sees the good in a kindly robot, in a way that his engineer father can't. Robo is a loyal friend.
Violence & Scariness
Mistakenly thinking Robo is violent and dangerous, the police try to destroy him. When real danger presents itself, Robo saves the humans around him, at his own peril. A bully pins their misdeed on a classmate.
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Some use of "crap."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Robo is a Russian (dubbed into English) family-friendly sci-fi adventure with some moments of mild peril. Mitya (Daniil Izotov) is a 12-year-old boy who befriends a deeply empathetic robot designed by his cold-hearted scientist father to rescue humans during catastrophes. The robot is far too human to please the boy's father, and the boy is far too artistic to please his father, setting the scene for the robot-boy friendship. Like Mitya, the robot is seeking family connection. The target audience is young children who will probably embrace the adorable robot. However, as with E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, adult humans try to capture the robot and this may briefly upset some viewers. There is an instance of a bully pinning his misdeed on a classmate and there is use of the word "crap." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's a distinct lack of originality with this Russian sci-fi adventure, but younger viewers may not care that this is a story that's been told before and better. It's perhaps unfair to compare Robo to classics such as E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. But the comparisons are inescapable leaving the movie feeling stilted and unoriginal. Both Robo, a robot with a heart, and Mitya, the young boy who befriends the likable robot, are underdogs, with the duo forming a heartwarming kinship.
Izotov does a good job portraying Mitya as a struggling tween who is trying to avoid disappointing his parents while staying true to himself. There's also enough going on that the young target audience will probably nevertheless enjoy the story and may wish for their own delightful robotic friend by the closing credits.
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