Short Circuit

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Funny, bullet-proof robot might charm older kids.

PG 1986 98 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 11+

Fischer's brown face performance problematic but a teachable moment about representation

I loved this fluffy movie when it was released in 86 and thought it would be a fun watch with my kid during lockdown. What I forgot was the character of Ben Jabituya portrayed by the caucasian actor Fisher Stevens. The movie uses his inability to speak English, even though he was born and raised in the US, as fodder for many jokes. Fisher's portrayal of the heavily accented Ben is a typically culturally insensitive turn as portrayed in many films of the time period. This gave my son and I an opportunity to talk about what ideas were being displayed about people of Indian descent.
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age 12+


Other than the PG language, there’s nothing to worry about in this.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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