Short Circuit (1986)


John Badham directs Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg and Tim Blaney in this children’s sci-fi comedy about a runaway military robot that becomes sentient and a dude.

The below score is based entirely on nostalgia… and the fact this has some neat rip-off moments from Spielberg… and is better than E.T. … and Ally Sheedy is really charming… and Steve Guttenberg doesn’t smirk right into the camera while Fisher Stevens is being a massively racist stereotype… and how convincing the robot FX work often is… and sometimes charmingly isn’t… and the design of Johnny 5 is utterly iconic.


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