The 6th Day

 
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A decent movie for teens, if they can endure it.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 130 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Adam's wife is rather thanklessly portrayed as an unquestioning spouse. Characters of color are limited to (evil) security guards, many of which are killed.

Violence

Excessive---mainly injuries and deaths from lasergun fire. One man is killed by a speeding car and has his neck broken. A pro football player suffers a broken spine after being tackled. A little girl is threatened by Dobermans. Lots of fisticuffs, some in

Sex

Adam watches his wife get romantic with his clone. Hank has a holographic girlfriend who wears skimpy clothing and wants sex all the time; we only see her unzipping his fly.

Language

Relatively mild. One use of the f-word.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking of cigars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a lifelike doll gets shot and has her head blown off during a tense chase sequence. Adam's wife is rather thanklessly portrayed as an unquestioning spouse. Characters of color are limited to (evil) security guards, many of which are killed. One use of "f--k." Several innocent characters are blown away; one religious Adventist avenges an infraction of God's law by killing the offenders (along with innocent folks). Smoking of cigars. Adam watches his wife get romantic with his clone. Hank has a holographic girlfriend who wears skimpy clothing and wants sex all the time; we only see her unzipping his fly. Excessive violence -- mainly injuries and deaths from lasergun fire. One man is killed by a speeding car and has his neck broken. A pro football player suffers a broken spine after being tackled. A little girl is threatened by Dobermans. Lots of fisticuffs, some involving a woman.

What's the story?

In this sci-fi action thriller, cloning is a reality -- but while food and pets can be cloned, it's illegal to clone humans. Helicopter pilot Adam (Arnold Schwarzenegger) learns that someone's been breaking this law and, after surviving what should have been a fatal accident, returns home to find a clone of himself. Now he must dig deeper into the mystery and find out who's responsible for the clones and what their mission really is.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

For a movie that claims the sanctity of human life seriously, THE 6TH DAY is gleefully homicidal. Clones and non-clones are dispatched left and right, as though dealing out death were part of a devoted father's everyday responsibilities. In regard to the ethical quagmire of human cloning, the movie makes almost no sense. Adam is horrified by the very possibility of such an unnatural practice. And yet, by the movie's end, he has formed a partnership with his clone (a role previously occupied by his murdered buddy), proving that narcissism is the ultimate form of friendship.

But The 6th Day doesn't entirely lack cleverness. In one scene, Adam visits a RePet franchise and is told that, via the miracle of cloning, he can have his dead dog back new and improved. And there's the family fridge that automatically notifies users of dwindling supplies. There are also a few cool effects scenes, with remote-flown helicopters and amniotic tanks full of "blank" human forms, waiting for DNA infusions. For teens and adults happy to sit through any Schwarzenegger vehicle, this is an okay movie, but those seeking coherence and a touch of plausibility should look elsewhere.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cloning, in terms of what is possible and real today, and what the future of cloning might be.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 27, 2001
DVD release date:March 27, 2001
Cast:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Robert Duvall
Director:Roger Spottiswood
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:130 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:strong action violence, brief strong language and some sensuality.

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Adult Written byjesus3boy April 24, 2009
 
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 September 15, 2013
 

Great concept, meh delivery

As promising as Arnie meeting a clone of himself sounds, the movie gets quite confusing by the end, and is more Hollywood than true sci-fi. But the effects are well done, and Tony Goldwyn makes for a sleekly evil villain.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old January 11, 2013
 

An O.K Movie

I think this movie is just O.K. It's too confusing. There's some cool scenes, but some are disturbing. There's TONS of lasergun fights, so much that I got tired of it. There's some sex and language too. But the main character's a good role model, and it teaches a good message. The scene where a realistic doll gets her head blown off isn't tense, it's funny! The doll said ''Cindy got a boo boo!''
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Great messages
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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