RoboCop

 
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Cyborg actioner is more graphic than Terminator.
  • Review Date: September 26, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1987
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some characters exhibit conniving, selfish, and greedy behavior. Others are sociopathic criminals who make sport of murder, rape, and other violent crimes. Some members of a corporation are shown to be corrupt and callous. One character capitalizes on the tragedy and misfortunes of others. Senior executives are corrupt. Several characters -- including Murphy and Lewis -- do the right thing, however, and remain noble. Also, several villainous characters do not triumph in the end.

Violence

Graphic violence throughout. Characters use weapons -- from handguns and sword-like objects to machine guns, grenades, and military-style assault cannons -- to kill and injure people or destroy property. Two men attempt to rape a woman in a parking lot, taunting and terrorizing her with a knife. Some scenes are exceedingly gruesome, as when a gang shoots off a policeman's hand and arm, or when a man is horribly burned and disfigured in a toxic-waste accident; a car then runs him over and decapitates him in the process. In a hostage situation, one hostage is shown lying dead and bloody on the floor. Various fistfights are shown, where people punch and kick each other violently. Emergency-room workers intubate and defibrillate a patient.

Sex

A man and two women snort cocaine and make out; he snorts the drug from one woman's cleavage. A locker-room scene shows some male rear nudity and female breasts.

Language

A lot of profanity throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "asshole," and "c--ksucker." Also, phrases such as "I'm going to blow his brains out."

Consumerism

A woman drinks from a Coca-Cola cup and appears to be eating from McDonald's containers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and use cocaine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is more of a bloodbath than you probably remember. Numerous characters are killed onscreen, many weapons are used, and there are some truly gruesome scenes, like when a policeman's hand and arm are shot off. Some characters snort cocaine, one off a woman's breasts; others commit crimes such as rape (attempted, taunting a woman with a knife before help arrives) and armed robbery. A corporation that controls the local police force is portrayed as corrupt.

What's the story?

In a crime-plagued future, Detroit is controlled by a corporation called the OCP, which is trying to develop a robotic law-enforcement agent. Bob Morton (Miguel Ferrer) is searching for a human volunteer for his "RoboCop" cyborg experiment, and he finds one in newly transferred Officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller). While on a dangerous assignment, Murphy is seriously injured and winds up becoming Morton's RoboCop, an organic system composed of titanium and Kevlar. All that remains of Murphy is his face, which is only partially visible under a mask and helmet. Soon, RoboCop is on the beat and making news with his heroic crime-fighting techniques. But RoboCop begins to have dreams and flashbacks of his past life, and his efforts to learn about his history lead him to expose a corrupt member of OCP.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ROBOCOP could have been a great sci-fi movie for pre-teens. Its premise, after all, is fascinating: A police officer is transformed into a law-enforcing cyborg after being killed in the line of duty. Unfortunately, director Paul Verhoeven drenches his film in so much violence and profanity -- and occasional overacting -- that even some adults might feel squeamish.

Weller does a good job of humanizing RoboCop, and Allen is tough and loyal as his partner. The scenes of RoboCop's engineering are intriguing, and it's fun to watch him make the bad guys squirm. Still, some of the movie feels dated and over the top. In spite of that, Robocop still remains a thought-provoking action movie that examines the use of technology and the abuse of power.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it is ethical for OCP to turn Murphy into a cyborg when he never volunteered for the experiment. Does the corporation care more about money and fame or protecting the city's residents? What does this movie have in common with the Terminator series and with some M-rated video games?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 17, 1987
DVD release date:October 2, 2001
Cast:Miguel Ferrer, Nancy Allen, Peter Weller, Ronny Cox
Director:Paul Verhoeven
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:restricted

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Adult Written bydalton81000 August 27, 2011
 

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SERIOUSLY I have no idea his this movie made it to the "Iffy for 16+" mark. I don't know how adults are even able to bear with this. Yes it was made in the '80s, I used to say "How bad can the '80s get?" But I guess I was wrong. Not only us there violence, but there is a sex scene where a woman shows her bare breasts. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. . How did this even make it to an "R" rating? My MPAA rating NC-17 for gruesome violence, strong sexual content, and pervasive language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old December 19, 2011
 

Robocop

i have seen this film a couple of years ago when i was about 9/10 i remember some of it i remeember it being really violent but it is very good i need to watch this again .This is a very riskey age choice but there are worse action violence but is good.
Kid, 10 years old July 8, 2010
 

ULTRA BLOODY AND GRUESOME

the robocop movies are awesome!!! this movie is very gory i watched the cut version and it ist very violent. kids 10-12 can watch the cut version on a small tv witch i did. Murphys death is very intense,disturbing and violent his right arm is blow off along with being shot between his eyes. a man is shot by the ed-209 in the uncut he is blown to pecies in the cut bloody violently pours out. a man his shot in the leg in uncut his bloody bone is seen in cut his pants rip open. a man is stabbed in the neck blood sprays out(very unrealistic) a man is melted by acid and is hit by a car green blood flys everywere. the swaring is ocassionaly low a few f-bombs most you cant hear. their is a scene were people are nude in a room. theres around 18-20 f-words. A VERY BLOODY AND GRUESOME MOVIE. cut version 15+ uncut 18+. if kids really want to see robocop let them watch the third one.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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